The Nation’s Largest Retail and Entertainment Festival ‘Shop Qatar’ Returns
Shop Qatar returns from September 10 to October 10 with over 4 million QR in prize money, and marks its international debut with the participation of Qatar Duty Free (QDF) at Hamad International Airport. The fifth edition of this month-long shopping and entertainment festival – themed âOne Festival. Countless Experiences’ – will be the first major event to take place in the country in 18 months.
Shop Qatar 2021 will be held at 15 venues across Doha, offering discounts of up to 90% at participating malls and outlets, in addition to cutting-edge and cultural events, concerts, workshops and hotel and restaurant promotions. âAs one of the most important events on our annual calendar, Shop Qatar offers the best fashion, entertainment and retail deals in the country, providing buyers and visitors with more experiences, offers and chances to win than ever, “Qatar Airways Group Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Tourism, HE Akbar al-Baker, said yesterday at a press conference.
âWe are also looking internationally as we are hosting QDF at HIA at the festival for the first time,â he said, adding that buyers will have the chance to win thousands of gift certificates and benefit from a wide range of discounts at QDF.
âAlthough this is a local event, we have an international reach, and thanks to our borders which are now open, we look forward to welcoming friends and families not only from the Gulf countries but from around the world. whole, “said HE al-Baker. .
He hoped Shop Qatar would encourage a boost in retail activity, local businesses and the country’s economy, saying “this is an important first step on the road to recovery and normalcy. “.
HE al-Baker highlighted the key role played by the government of Qatar, in particular the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), in preventing and controlling the spread of Covid-19, which has resulted in a significant drop in case of Covid-19 in the country.
“Our infection rates are declining rapidly, our vaccination rates are among the highest in the world, and people are now becoming confident, and the authorities are convinced that we can gradually open up and attract people to our country so that we can make our life as normal as possible, âhe said.
HE al-Baker also thanked the efforts and continued support of private and public sector partners in the retail and hospitality sectors as Qatar Tourism marks the return of major events in Qatar.
Four weekly raffles will take place during the festival with hundreds of prizes including cash and cars worth over QR 4 million to be won. To be eligible for the digital raffle draws, buyers must spend 200 QR at any participating retailer to receive a coupon.
More than 60 leading hotels across the country will offer promotions and fun activities to guests and visitors, while shoppers will have the chance to win thousands of QDF gift certificates.
Shop Qatar Design Week will be held for the first time in the Doha Design District in Msheireb Downtown Doha and will host pop-up shops, design workshops and two international fashion shows to mark the Qatar – USA Cultural Year 2021.
Leading musicians, designers and artists will host master classes, fashion shows, workshops and music concerts at the festival, which will be attended by famous American-Indian and New York fashion designer Naeem Khan and famous designer of Bollywood Manish Malhotra.
According to Qatar Tourism, the Doha Design District will offer exclusive activations and pop-up shops from October 3 to 9 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will host local entrepreneurs who will showcase their creations, international designers, various food and beverage outlets and workshops hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar.
The District will also host other creative initiatives, “providing a space for visitors to exchange cultural activities and authentic crafts”. (Details of the workshops will be shared on www.shopqatar.qa)
âThis year’s Shop Qatar contains unparalleled offerings and experiences, with social distancing measures across all events and malls, in addition to successfully achieving the required Qatar Clean certification for each participating hotel and restaurant. A key initiative of Qatar Tourism and MoPH, this initiative facilitates the return of events in person, while preserving health and safety, âsaid HE al-Baker.
He added that Qatar Tourism “continues to work closely with partners from the retail and hospitality sectors to develop more diverse festivals and events attractive to new market segments, in order to encourage a increased retail activity in the country “.
Business 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 -Qatar, Villaggio Mall and QDF at HIA, while Qatar National and Convention Center (QNCC) and Doha Design District Msheireb will also host events and activities.
All events will take place in accordance with MoPH guidelines. Design workshops and masterclasses will be held with a limited number of vaccinated individuals, and music concerts will be held at 30% capacity at QNCC.