It’s that time of the year again when you can squander or splurge all your hard-earned cash on one of our favourite Doha activities – retail therapy. The 2020 edition of Qatar’s most popular annual shopping festival is on until Friday January 31 and that's one more thing to do in this vibrant city.
Shop Qatar 2020 features discounts in malls across the country and raffle draws where you can win cars and cash prizes worth up to QR2 mn.
With entertainment at the fore of this retail extravaganza, you’ll be treated to plenty of events from luxury fashion shows to family activities along with travel deals and visa facilitation (for those of you who want to invite your friends and family over to Qatar).
QNTC in collaboration with Qatar Airways have partnered with ten malls across the country along with The Pearl-Qatar to host fashion shows and makeup classes, while offering discounts of up to 70 percent on consumer goods.
The raffle draws will be held weekly, and if you spend a minimum of QR200 at any of the participating retailers, you stand a chance to win six cars and cash prizes.
Fashion and beauty
Some of the world’s top fashion designers will showcase their latest couture and ready-to-wear collections at the lavish Al Hazm Mall.
Some of the international names expected are Nicholas Jebran, Ahmed Talfeet, Laith Maalof, Bariş, Naja Saade, Toufic Al Hassan and Amjad Al Adab.
Local designers include Waad, Soleil Abayas, Shaden, Al Dukan, Sarmad and Tamader Al Sultan.
If you’re an aspiring makeup artist, you’ll have to pick up your jaw as soon as we tell you top celebrity artist Mario Dedivanovic is hosting a makeup masterclass right here. Other notable MUAs include Hanan Al Najadah and Dalal Al Refaii.
You can also partake in the Chinese New Year celebrations in the final week of this month. Chinese designers Lan Yu and Grace Chen will showcase their collections, followed by in-mall activitations that include a dragon parade, traditional Chinese performances and arts and crafts activities.
Your kids will love you a little more this month thanks to all the free stage shows taking place including Masha and the Bear, Shaun the Sheep and the interactive Justice League Parade.
Live musicians will play at select malls over the weekends.
Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish takes place at Qatar National Convention Centre, with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and four singers bringing favourite songs from beloved Disney movies to life.
Fans of South Asian music will be serenaded by stars at the PK Music Fest and a concert featuring superstar Indian artist Sonu Nigam.
If you’re planning to bring your friends and family to indulge in all the fun events, here’s some information that could help with your travel and visa arrangements.
Until Jan 31. Various locations. www.visitqatar.qa/calendar.