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Summer in Qatar programme starts
Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has announced a number of entertainment shows and new attractions that will be on all this month as part of the Summer in Qatar programme. More than 30 public and private sector partners are offering a range of exciting promotions and activities, mostly geared towards families. There’s still plenty for everyone, though, with movie premieres, concerts and sporting events.

Spread out over the expansive ground floor of the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center, the Entertainment City offers fun activities for all ages including bouncy castles, a mini-golf course, exciting rides, skill games, video games, live entertainment shows and food, beverage and shopping options (QR15 entry).

The nine malls participating in this year’s summer fun include Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall, Landmark Mall, Gulf Mall, Tawar Mall, Al Khor Mall, Hyatt Plaza and Al Mirqab Mall. This month onwards, retailers at these malls are offering up to 70 percent discounts and special promotions. For every QR200 spent at any of the participating outlets in these malls, shoppers can be part of the three raffle draws being held throughout the summer.  Prizes include cash and cars worth up to QR2million, with a grand prize of McLaren Spider 570s (2018 model).

Hotels and hotel apartments are offering discounts of up to 25 percent, valid for stays until August 16 along with several additional incentives. Participating groups include Katara Hospitality, Al Rayyan Hospitality hotels and Marriott International hotels.

Qatar Airways will offer a discount of 25 percent on all flights to Doha from more than 160 destinations worldwide, for travel to Qatar anytime until August 16. Al Maha Services is also offering up to 25 percent discount on all their services during the summer.
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Latest in luxury
Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company recently announced the rebranding of its city centre hotel to JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, directly connected to the City Center Mall. The areas inside the hotel will under renovations in phases while still remaining open to guests. The hotel has 272 contemporary guestrooms including 38 suites, 60 club rooms and 42 serviced apartments as well as a spa, health club and a pool deck.
West Bay (4429 5000).

Mall mania

no surprises here, but a brand-new mall is opening very soon. Al Mana Malls has unveiled plans for the opening of Doha Mall in February 2020, comprising a combinated of retailers over three levels and 3,500 parking spaces. The new mall located in Abu Hamour, two minutes from Doha Express Road. It will be home to more than 250 retail stores, with more than 14 anchor stores, a new FLiK Cinemas concept, world-class bowling centre, high-tech family entertainment centre, adventure park for children and more than 60 food and beverage units
Doha Mall, Abu Hamour (4468 7240).

Shopping spree

Listen up make-up aficionados: we have some very exciting news. This month marks the opening of the very first Middle Eastern outlet of international make-up brand Benefit Cosmetics right here in Qatar. The San Francisco-based name is gracing Doha Festival City’s exciting collection of retailers.

Founded in 1976 by twin sisters, Jean & Jane Ford, Benefit is currently one of the fastest growing beauty brands in the business with more than 50 locations across five continents. You can now shop for your favourite brow products and everything else that Benefit is famous for without worrying about anything being out of stock. We know where we will be this weekend.
Doha Festival City, Umm Slal Mohammed (4035 4444).

Ace architecture

Msheireb Mseums, the four revived historic Qatari heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha, received a nomination for the prestigious Agha Khan Award in Architecture.

Established by Aga Khan IV in 1977 to reward architectural concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies, Msheireb Museums has been nominated in May, and the winning organisations will be announced in August 2019. This is the first time since the 1970s that any building in the country has been nominated for this prize.

Several other architectural projects from around the world including China and Turkey have been nominated.

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