Live music performances and a fashion show featuring latest trends in the industry marked the official opening of Shop Qatar’s 3rd edition , giving attendees a peek of the festival’s diverse offerings until January 20.
The event held on Thursday at Msheireb Museums was attended by many a VIPs, including ministers, diplomats from various embassies in Doha, government officials and private sector leaders, along with the festival’s host and partner organisations.
“This year, Shop Qatar is taking place during a very special season of the year for visitors and residents alike. Its content and offerings are reviewed and renewed annually to ensure our audience segments are getting curated experiences that are authentic and respond to their different needs,” Rashed al-Qurese from the National Tourism Council (NTC) said.
He thanked NTC partners across public and private sectors for continuously supporting and making the annual festival a success and “we hope to see it grow even bigger in the years to come.”
Senior officials of National Tourism Council and Msheireb Properties at the official opening of the 3rd edition of Shop Qatar . PICTURES: Noushad Thekkayil
Shop Qatar’s latest edition, which kicked off with the first National Day Trade Festival from December 15-20, gives residents and visitors an opportunity to avail an array of retail promotions, entertainment shows, and special hospitality packages across the country.
“We are honoured to collaborate with NTC on this very special occasion. We share important common values in promoting Qatar, its culture, history and heritage,” Msheireb Properties acting CEO Ali al-Kuwari said in a press statement.
“Such events complement our efforts in reviving the old city centre of Msheireb Downtown Doha to make it once again the social and commercial hotspot that it once was,” he noted.
Some QR3mn worth of car and cash prizes are at stake during the month-long festival, giving every shopper a chance to enter the weekly raffle draw for every QR200 purchase. The final draw will take place at the closing ceremony on Sunday, 20 January 2019.
Live music performances entertain attendees of Shop Qatar opening at Msheireb Museums.
Shop Qatar’s 14 participating retail partners are Al Mirqab Mall, AlKhor Mall, City Center, Dar Al Salam Mall, Doha Festival City, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Lagoona Mall, Landmark Mall, Mall of Qatar, Royal Plaza, Tawar Mall, The Gate Mall, and The Pearl-Qatar.
The month-long festivity is also showcasing its Design District for the first time at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre from January 5-12. It will be a global hub for fashion-forward events and live entertainment all under one roof.
Some 55 hotels across the country are offering unmatched deals and “special curated experiences” for local, regional and international visitors this winter season.
“In each new edition of the festivals and tourism events NTC organises along with public and private sector partners, we are always keen to provide exciting platforms for local entrepreneurs and home-grown talent to meet and grow their audiences,” Mashal Shahbik from NTC said.
Unique shopping tours at Souq Waqif, fashion-focused events, concerts, and other live performances await festival-goers and shoppers.
The event will also feature the Torba Farmer's Market at Qatar Foundation's Ceremonial Court on weekends; the Night Market at Duhail Sports Club daily from 4pm to 1am and the Tegahwa coffee event at Al Hazm, taking place daily until January 19.
According to NTC, the Entertainment World Village will reopen to the public while local Arabic play Compars will take place on January 5 at the Qatar National Theatre.