Around 3,500 retail outlets are set to participate in the 2021 edition of Shop Qatar, which will feature a wide range of activities across 10 major malls and shopping centres.
Visit Qatar, the official social media tourism account of the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), noted that the event is tentatively scheduled from September 10 to October 10.
Shop Qatar 2021 'will take place under full precautionary measures' with wearing of face masks, as well as green Ehteraz status being mandatory in adherence to the directives of the Ministry of Public Health, according to Visit Qatar.
Cash and car prizes are at stake at the month-long event, in addition to some QR75mn value voucher exchange and an array of sales and promotions at various retail outlets at participating malls.
“Shop Qatar celebrates the country's wide range of retail, beauty and entertainment options and unfolds around popular Doha shopping malls. It's an annual event that aims to enhance Qatar's fashion and lifestyle scene and showcase its hospitality. At the same time, Shop Qatar introduces various compelling workshops and masterclasses and presents exciting surprises,” Visit Qatar posted on its website.
Previous editions of Shop Qatar saw entertainment and fashion-forward events, calligraphy and art activities, live musical performances, masterclasses, and mall activations for families at different venues.
The annual event also brought together local, regional and international designers, showcasing their latest collections in a series of fashion shows while families and children enjoyed wholesome shows and concerts, as well as arts and crafts.
The upcoming Shop Qatar is expected to host three fashion shows, two makeup masterclasses, and two concerts, including arts and crafts, sports events and activations.
Visit Qatar describes the country’s shopping malls as “world-class and family-friendly destinations.” “With a comprehensive array of high street and luxury brands from around the world, the larger malls have an extensive range of recreational facilities. These include restaurants and cafes, supermarkets, cinemas, arcades, indoor play areas, ski slopes and live entertainment.”
Apart from retail, the event is also expected to boost the country’s hospitality and food and beverage sectors with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and allowing vaccinated nationals and residents from other GCC countries.
It is learnt that many shopping malls in Qatar started to see an increase in footfall in recent weeks with all precautionary measures in place. With a big percentage of the eligible population vaccinated, people now feel safer and confident to visit and shop.