A vibrant shopping landscape exists in Doha and we’re almost spoilt for choice. Here’s our pick of the latest stores to launch
In just a few short years the shopping experience in Doha has gotten far more exciting. We remember a time when City Centre Mall was the only place to go for a spree but nowadays we’re inundated with local, regional and international brands jostling for our attention. From cheap and cheerful through to High Street and all the way up to pure luxury, there’s no excuse for having extra cash lying about anymore.
Bath & Body Works This American company has been providing the world with indulgent personal care products for almost 25 years. Now they’ve opened their second branch in Qatar at Villaggio Mall offering a host of fragrant items such as shower gels, lotions, candles and bathroom accessories. The inspiration from the brand comes from the environment so you can expect a natural home pamper experience. Open Sat-Wed 9am-10pm; Thu and Sat 9am-midnight; Friday 1pm-midnight. Villaggio Mall, Aspire Zone (4413 5071).
BoConcept This isn’t the Danish furniture brand’s first foray into Doha but they’re focusing on expansion in the city with a brand new BoConcept store in Lagoona Mall. The concept behind the store is rooted in a high level of professional service, we have been told tell, as it wants customers to not only enjoy the chic designs but also soak in the in-shop atmosphere. You can pick up furniture or element of décor and at the same time gain some knowledge from the trained employees who are also there to offer advice on creating the perfect living or working environment. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon (4411 5052).
Cardon In a first for the Middle East, the premium Argentiniean luxurywear brand Cardon has opened an exclusive store. And it’s right here in Doha at Lagoona Mall. Cardon has been rapidly expanding throughout the world with more than 100 retail stores now open. The chain is grounded in Argentine heritage, offering high quality clothing, leather accessories and home furnishings. Each collection, colour, texture, handicraft, fragrance and concept has been designed with a distinctly premium lifestyle in mind. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon (4029 5212).
Dragon Mart The opening of this Chinese shopping concept might have been delayed, but summer finally saw the soft launch. Stores selling furniture, glassware, phone accessories, kids clothes and even food – to name a few – are currently operational but plenty more opening now or set to launch soon. The megastore houses products entirely made in China and first launched in the Shangdong province but has a well known 150,000km space in Dubai as well. It is now working on expanding in this region. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-11pm Barwa Commercial Avenue, Industrial Area (4476 0985).
Ermanno Scervino Straight from the heart of the romantic city of Florence, fashion house, Ermanno Scervino has landed in Doha offering a luxury shopping experience to design-minded individuals. The new boutique, set in Qatar’s most exclusive residential and shopping district The Pearl-Qatar, extends over 230 square metres and is divided into areas housing women’s clothing, accessories and the junior collections. There’s also a VIP section where customers are welcome to enjoy the discreet space and the highest level of customer service. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 1pm-10pm. La Croisette 6, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4495 3876).
Garten A 500 square metre haven for trendsetters has opened up on The Gate Mall’s first floor boasting a collection of fashions that are synonymous with femininity, elegance and vitality. Featured are top quality brands that include Gerry Weber, Luisa Gerano, Basler, Taifun and Marc Cain so you can buy casual and smart outfits for any occasion. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 3pm-10pm. 1st floor, The Gate Mall, West Bay (4407 7157).
Philipp Plein Luxury fashion is the name of the game on The Pearl-Qatar as Philipp Plein, the contemporary luxury clothing brand by the Swiss designer of the same name, also launches on one of the beautiful boulevards surrounding Porto Arabia. The stunning store has been designed and developed in collaboration with the Milanese architectural firm Aquili Alberg so you can expect a show of elegance and originality here. What you’ll find within are beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women that have been favoured by celebrities all over the world. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 1pm-10pm. Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4495 3876).
QuisQuis Another new high-end luxury Italian clothing brand has opened its flagship store at the exclusive Pearl-Qatar with a nod to this country’s love of the European country. QuisQuis by Stefano Cavalleri is a brand exclusively for children that’s synonymous with all things luxury and has become a popular label in Europe since it launched. The store, which has been inspired by classic fairy tales, offers a delightful experience for little ones and the clothing will add a chic touch to any child’s wardrobe. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 1pm-10pm. La Croisette 6, Porto Arabia, The Pearl-Qatar (4495 3876).
The East India Company Tea lovers, it’s time to put the kettle on as The East India Company has launched its store in Qatar at Lagoona Mall. The Brit brand houses an array of fine teas and coffees, artisan sweets, savoury biscuits, a delectable chocolate range, flavourful jams and marmalades. There is also an extensive range of exclusive hand-crafted bone china and porcelain for serving tea and coffee that have each been painted by master craftsmen using mineral paints and 18-carat gold. It’s quite literally a haven for fabulous gift items. But for us, it’s all about the tea, as each strand has been personally selected by the company’s Tea Master and they arrive in-store just 28 days after the leaves have been picked on the tea estates. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon (4433 5555).
The One Junior The popular home fashion brand from the Middle East, The One, has launched an exciting new concept in Qatar for kids. The aptly named The One Junior is big on small-scale versions of the stunning adult furniture pieces and accessories that are perfectly proportioned for little ones aged three to 16. Based on the first floor of Lagoona Mall, the store features a wide range of items from mini dining tables to shrunken sofas, cool bedding to funky light fixtures – basically everything that can make your kids’ rooms the dream palace they’ve always hoped for. Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 2pm-10pm. Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon (4466 1371).