All you need to know about Shop Qatar 2020

All you need to know about Shop Qatar 2020

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Shop Qatar is back with its fourth edition featuring a colorful celebration of the country’s retail and entertainment offerings.

The 25-day festival invites residents and visitors to explore and enjoy Qatar’s diverse retail offerings including everything from luxury malls and high-end boutique venues to themed, entertainment-rich shopping centers, as well as authentic souqs and bazaars.

Shop Qatar will kick off on January 7 and continue until January 31, 2020.

Here's all you need to know about the most-anticipated shopping festival: 

Reasons to Shop Qatar

Discounts & prizes: The festival will be offering fantastic discounts of up to 70 percent. When shoppers spend QAR 200, they will get a chance to win 6 cars and cash prizes worth more than QAR 2 million.

There’s something for everyone: This festival will blend tradition with modernity, entertainment with shopping, and exciting events with elegance. 

Curated Fashion & Culture experiences: Shop Qatar offers experiences that are designed for visitors and residents to conveniently explore Qatar's retail, hospitality, fashion and cultural offerings.

This year marks the start of the Qatar-France Year of Culture, and SQ 2020 ends with weeklong Chinese New Year celebrations, showcasing designs from both.  

Shop & Win

Shop Qatar 2020 has 12 retail partners in Doha and beyond. These include: Al Mirqab Mall, AlKhor Mall, City Centre, Doha Festival City, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Lagoona Mall, Landmark Mall, Mall of Qatar, Villagio, & The Pearl-Qatar and Galeries Lafayette.

The partners will be providing discounts of up to 70 percent on a range of consumer goods including clothes, electronics, cosmetics and accessories for men, women and children.

Travel & Stay Package Deals

Qatar Airways Holidays is offering fly & stay packages to visitors from both Oman and Kuwait.  These include return flights, two nights (plus breakfast) at 5, 4 and 3-star hotels, and a free shopping transfer tour.   

Ease of Access

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) is offering visitors a more streamlined application process through its new Visa Portal.

Applications will be processed within 24 hours for those identifying Shop Qatar as the reason for their visit.

Weekly Raffle Draws

Shoppers who spend QAR 200 at any of the participating retailers can enter a weekly raffle draw for a chance to win cars and cash prizes worth more than QAR 2 million.

The raffle draws will be held at 9:00 pm every Friday during the Festival (17th, 24th and 31st of January), with 12 cash prizes worth QAR 330,000 and two cars to be won each raffle.

Fashion Shows

Fashion-forward shoppers can catch a glimpse of the latest couture and ready-to-wear fashion at Shop Qatar’s Fashion Shows.

20 international, regional and local designers will be showcasing their Spring/ Summer collections 2020 from 23-27 January.

·       Fashion show at Shop Qatar Opening Ceremony on 7 January at Baraha Downtown Msheireb by Faith Connexion and Hind Al Rumaihi. (By invitation only)

·       International fashion show at Al Hazm on 23 January featuring: Ahmed Talfeet - Laith Maalof - Baris - Naja Saade - Amjad Al Adab -Toufic Al Hassan – Saeed Malas

·       Fashion show featuring international celebrity designer Nicholas Jebran at Al Hazm on 24 January

·       Kids fashion show at Mirqab Mall on 24 January showing Al Mana Group brands

·       Fashion show at Al Hazm on 25 January featuring local designers: Soleil Abayas - Al Dukan - Modish - Sarmad -Sheen Design -Shaden -Lady Aysha -Tamader Al Sultan - The Black Pearl, Tamader Al Sultan – Tamadr – Waad

·       Al Hazm collection fashion shows at Al Hazm from 26-27 January

·       Chinese fashion show at Al Hazm on 29 January featuring celebrity designers Lan Yu and Grace Chen.

Seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Pre-registration is required and can be done online; more information can be found on shopqatar.qa or at the Shop Qatar registration desk.

Make-up, Hair & Beauty Masterclasses & Workshops

Style-savvy residents and visitors are invited to learn about the newest trends in the world of fashion and makeup through a series of masterclasses and workshops with celebrity makeup artists and influencers: 

·       Masterclass with Mario Dedivanovic (3-8 pm) on 31 January (QAR 2,500 entrance fee. Seats available: 300. Tickets available at Virgin)

·       Masterclass with Hanan Al Najada (4-9pm) on 14 January at Park Hyatt Hotel (QAR 1,000 entrance fee. Seat available: 150. Tickets available at Virgin)

·       Makeup activation by Hanan Al Najada on 13 January at DFC (No entrance fee- open to public)

·       Makeup workshop with Dalal Al Refai on 18 January at Lagoona Mall - 51 East (No entrance fee- open to public).

In-mall Entertainment & Activations

Throughout the festival,  all participating malls will host free-roaming shows and family-friendly entertainment as well as a colorful lights and confetti show every weekend.

Shows & Activations:

·       Masha and The Bear at various malls from 9-15 January (3 shows a day)

·       Shaun the Sheep at various malls from 16-22 January (3 shows a day)

·       Justice League Parade at various malls from 21 to 31 January

·       Bein Family Game Show at Mirqab Mall from 23-24 January and 30-31 January at 3-pm

·       Solo musicians at various malls: 9-11 Jan, 16-18 Jan, 24 Jan and 31 Jan

·       Lights and confetti show at various malls throughout the festival

·       Siwar Choir on 17 January at The Pearl-Qatar after the first Raffle Draw at 9:30 pm

·       Disney in Concert with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra from 17-21 January at QNCC. Ticketed Show

Music Concerts

The festival will see a host of live music concerts featuring Pakistani and Indian artists:

·       Sonu Nigam on Thursday, 23 January at Asian Town Amphitheatre

·       New Year Concert at 7:30-9:30 pm Monday, 25 January at Katara Opera House

·       PK Music Festival at 7 pm Friday, 30 January at QNCC

·       Video Games Live at 8-11 pm Saturday, 31 January at QNCC

Chinese New Year Celebrations

·       Dragon Parade at various malls from 25-31 January

·       Drums Show at various malls from 25-31 January

·       Chinese arts & crafts activities at various malls from 25-30 January

·       Fashion show at Al Hazm on 29 January featuring Chinese celebrity designers Lan Yu and Grace Chen

Careem Discounts

A partnership with Careem provides a credit of 50 percent to shoppers using the service to visit participating locations during Shop Qatar.

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