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Shopping in DOHA, Qatar

Shopping in DOHA, Qatar

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Shopping guide for Doha City.
Shopping mall,Hotels & eating outlets conatct address and telephone numbers.
Shopping guide for Doha City.
Shopping mall,Hotels & eating outlets conatct address and telephone numbers.

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 Shopping in Qatar
Shopping in Qatar is easy, un and oers greatvalue. With no purchase (or value-added) tax, andbecause the Qatari market is very competitive,prices are more attractive than in many otherparts o the world, and usually as low as — and,in some cases, lower than — those in duty-reeacilities in the region.Qatar oers gleaming, modern shopping mallsand traditional souqs (markets) that recall theolden-day Arab bazaars. The shopping mallsare air-conditioned, spacious, and have large,ree parking areas. Products and prices vary,and quality is good. In general, the souqs oercheaper goods. Whereas mall shops tend tohave fxed prices, bargaining is expected in thesouqs. Read the ‘Doha’s Souqs’ eature or moreinormation.Doha has several shopping ‘districts’, rather thanone ‘town centre’, so no matter which part othe city you are in, you can be sure there will bestores nearby.Most shopping malls eature a largesupermarket as an anchor store, but there arealso reestanding hypermarkets. Malls containboutiques, pharmacies, restaurants and coeeshops; oten, there is also a ood court. Someshopping centres have multi-screen cinemas aswell as entertainment acilities that range romskating rinks and water parks to children’s playareas and bowling alleys.All shopping malls have security patrols andfrst-aid acilities. They also have separateprayer rooms or men and women and ull toiletacilities.For those interested in seeing the hustle andbustle o market lie, Doha’s central markets, just o Salwa Road, include a large ruit andvegetable market with local and importedproducts, a fsh market and a meat market.The adjacent Omani Souq sells, as the nameimplies, goods rom Oman such as dried fsh,rankincense and spices. It also has a wideselection o dates.
The ollowing inormation will give you a basicguide to the availability o some o the mostrequently requested items by visitors.
Books, Cards and Stationery
Supermarkets and hypermarkets stock aseemingly endless array o stationery: pens andpencils o every description; artists’ colours;erasers in every shape and size; art paper andtextured paper; a variety o ling and storagedevices; lined and plain notebooks; writing paperand envelopes.Qatar also has hundreds o small stationeryshops, which oten go by the name o ‘library’.Small corner shops usually have a limitedselection o writing paper, envelopes and school-type exercise books.Postcards can be ound in Souq Waqi and insome o the supermarkets. Most stationeryshops carry greeting cards, and several mallshave specialty card shops. I you are looking or aspecial souvenir, the General Postal Corporation(Q-Post) has produced ‘CD Postcards’ o Qatarwith still and moving images accompanied by asound track in six languages: Arabic, English,French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.The country’s largest bookshop, Jarir Bookstore(on Salwa Road near Ramada Junction), sellsction and non-ction books in Arabic andEnglish, as well as reerence and specialistbooks. Family Bookshop (on Al Mirqab Al JadeedStreet) is another popular bookstore. Some
 
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hypermarkets stock a small supply o booksand some stationery shops sell books, mostly inArabic.Most hotels have a shop selling a small range obooks, magazines and newspapers.
Carpets and Rugs
There are several specialty shops in Doha sellingcarpets rom IR Iran, Aghanistan, Pakistan,Turkey, the Central Asian Republics and China,among others. The sales sta, who are otenthe store owners, are knowledgeable aboutthe carpets and regularly travel to towns andvillages to buy directly rom the weavers. You canalso nd antique carpets.Carpets that appear identical to the laypersonmay actually dier substantially in terms o thebre used (wool, cotton, silk), the backing onwhich they have been woven (cotton on cotton,silk on cotton, etc.), and the number o knotsper inch. An expert eye can tell which sizes aretraditionally made in which countries and areas,which colours or patterns are genuine, and canimmediately spot a reproduction.A number o the shopping malls and severalshops in Souq Waqi sell handmade carpets.Specialty shops (such as Bradran Carpets,Oriental Carpet Company, World o HandmadeCarpets and Reshi) can arrange or packing anddelivery o the carpets to your home country.
Electronics, Cameras and Computers
Electronics stores, department stores,independent shops and the souqs all sellelectronic items rom dierent parts o theworld. Some are global brand names, whileothers may be less amiliar. There is a largeselection to choose rom, but be sure to checkthe nature o the warranty as to whether it isworldwide or regional. Also check i the item issuitable or use in your home country (voltage,system, etc.).Many lm processing and printing outlets stocka wide range o conventional lm and digitalcameras. Digital image outlets will print yourpictures or put them on CD.Hypermarkets and shops like Jarir Bookstoregenerally have sections selling computers andaccessories. The most concentrated area orcomputer shops is in the area near the MercureHotel on Wadi Musheireb Street.
Gold and Jewellery
Pearling is an integral part o Qatar’s historyand, although commercial pearling is no longercarried out in the region, you can still ndbeautiul examples o natural Gul pearls in thelocal market,.Jewellers represent all major international jewellery design houses, and matched sets onecklace, earrings, ring and bracelet are verypopular. Most gold sold here is either 18- or
 
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Those looking or home urnishings madelocally rom traditional Bedouin weaving, suchas attractive cushion covers and hanging shoeracks, will nd an abundant supply in shops inSouq Waqi.
Luggage
I you nd yoursel heading home with morethan you brought, do not despair. In additionto branded travelling bags available at thedepartment stores, the hypermarkets and souqshave a vast array o cheap suitcases, trolleybags, holdalls and backpacks. Just bear in mindthat restrictions at Doha Airport mean no onepiece o luggage can weigh more than 32kg, solooking or an extra large case to pack or twopeople may not be a good idea.22-carat. All gold is assayed and hallmarkedin the country. Gold is generally sold by weight,according to the day’s price o gold, plus a‘making’ charge. However, some imported goldrings, charms and small items (particularly 18-carat gold rom Italy) are ‘ready-priced’.Many jewellers will make pieces to yourspecication and there are numerous small jewellers that undertake repairs — you willnd them in the Gold Souq and in Souq Waqi.Necklaces eaturing the wearer’s name in Arabicor English are popular gits and can be made toorder during your stay.Some jewellers also sell cut and uncut preciousand semi-precious stones as well as mountedcut stones. Certain traditional designs o 22-carat jewellery rom the region may be set withsemi-precious stones, synthetic stones or evenglass. Always ask so you know exactly what youare buying, and when purchasing diamonds, askor a certicate o authenticity.
Home Furnishings
Although some urniture is made locally, mosthome urnishings and accessories are imported.Stores with large selections include THE Oneat Landmark and the Home Centre (City Centerlocation and near the Jaidah Flyover), HomesR Us at Hyatt Plaza, and City Liestyle at CityCenter and Centrepoint. Daiso, a Japaneseshop at Hyatt Plaza, has an extensive range oOriental china, ornaments and kitchen itemsstarting at just QAR6.

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