With Qatar residents making final preparations for Eid-al-Adha celebrations, shopping centres and retail outlets across the country are experiencing good business.
One such market, Souq Al Ali in Doha, is witnessing a flow of customers who throng tailoring shops to get their new clothes stitched.
The market, which has many clothes and tailoring shops, is a popular destination for clothes, footwear, and gifts.
“There is competition among these shops. This lends us a huge variety of clothes while helping us get our clothes stitched at reasonable prices,” a Qatari customer said.
During the first days of Dhul-Hijjah (the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar), the market started to witness brisk flow of customers.
“There are only two days remaining before the Eid holidays. Most families have already completed their shopping, so only the final rush is being felt now,” said Momin, who runs a clothes shop.
Another merchant said people from across Qatar converge on Souq Al Ali as the market is a favourite among Qataris for Eid shopping.
The traditional headwear (*gatra) and skull caps (*gahfiya) for men and children are also in demand.
Special readymade *gatras are also sought by buyers.
Shops selling Oud and perfumes have also been experiencing good business, as the Eid is a time for shopping for perfumes for use or as gifts during the celebrations.
“Oud as well as other perfumes are in demand. We also get buyers for watches and rosaries,” said one shop employee.
Flower bouquets and sweets are available for Eid celebrations.
The market is strictly following coronavirus (Covid-19) preventative and precautionary measures prescribed by the authorities concerned.