Country’s biggest retail and entertainment festival “Shop Qatar” returns

Country’s biggest retail and entertainment festival “Shop Qatar” returns

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Qatar Tourism has announced the return of the month-long shopping and entertainment extravaganza “Shop Qatar” from September 10 to October 10, 2021.

Shop Qatar will be the first major festival taking place in Qatar in 18 months, where 15 venues across Doha will offer discounts up to 90 percent.

Now in its fifth edition, the event is going international for the first time with the participation of Qatar Duty Free at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

In total over hundreds of prizes, including cash and cars worth more than QAR 4 million, will be won through four weekly raffle draws.

Over 60 leading hotels nationwide will run promotions and fun-filled activities for the whole family. Shoppers will get the chance to win thousands of Qatar Duty Free gift vouchers.

For the first time, Shop Qatar Design Week will be held at Doha Design District in Msheireb Downtown will host pop-up shops, design workshops and two international fashion shows marking the Qatar-USA Year of Culture.

Prominent musicians, designers, and artists will run masterclasses, fashion shows, workshops, and music concerts. Well-known American Indian fashion designer Naeem Khan and Bollywood celebrity designer Manish Malhotra are also set to attend.

Additionally, regional music sensations will play at the Qatar National Convention Centre. More details on the celebrities and VIPs will follow on the Shop Qatar website

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive and Chairman of Qatar Tourism, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, said, “As one of the most significant events in our annual calendar, Shop Qatar brings the best fashion, entertainment and retail offerings to the country. With the collaborative efforts of Qatar Tourism and our stakeholders, we look forward to resuming our festivals, while adhering to all strict protocols.

“This year’s Shop Qatar contains unmatched offers and experiences, with social distancing measures at all events and malls, in addition to successfully obtaining the Qatar Clean certification which is required for each participating hotel and restaurant. A key initiative by Qatar Tourism and Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), this initiative facilitates the return of in-person events, while maintaining health and safety.”

HE Al Baker continued, “Qatar Tourism continues to work closely with partners in the retail and hospitality sectors to develop more diverse festivals and events appealing to newer market segments, to encourage a boost in retail activity within the country. As such, we are eager to resume our vibrant events calendar, with a host of exciting initiatives coming up.”

Aligned with Qatar Tourism’s strategy to promote the country as a destination and showcase its diverse and affordable offerings across retail, entertainment and culture, Shop Qatar 2021 is also expected to bring a boost for local businesses and the domestic economy.

After challenging times brought about by the pandemic, the return of the country’s biggest shopping festival will provide a platform for local businesses and stakeholders to drive footfall and promote their products and services.

Retail partners include: Al Khor Mall, City Center Mall, Doha Festival City, Ezdan Mall Al Gharrafa, Ezdan Mall Al Wakrah, Galleria Mall, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Lagoona Mall, Landmark Mall, Mall of Qatar, The Gate Mall, The Pearl, Villaggio Mall, and Qatar Duty Free at Hamad International Airport. Qatar National and Convention Center and Doha Design District Msheireb will also host events and activities. 

All events will be held in adherence to guidelines by MoPH. Design workshops and masterclasses will be conducted with a limited number of vaccinated individuals, and music concerts will be held at 30 percent capacity at QNCC.

The theme of Shop Qatar 2021 is “One Festival. Countless Experiences.”

All masterclasses will be ticketed. Details will be shared on the Shop Qatar website.

Raffle draw info:

The ever-popular raffle draw returns, and for every QAR 200 spent, shoppers will receive a coupon giving them a chance to win.

For the first time, shoppers will be able to submit raffle entries via WhatsApp. Four raffle draws will take place at the malls: Doha Festival City, Hyatt Plaza, Lagoona Mall, and Mall of Qatar.

Shoppers have a chance to win hundreds of prizes worth over QAR 4 million, including QAR 1 million cash prize, cars, Sony PlayStation 5, gift cards, and much more.

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