Shoppers breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday after a preview event at IKEA Doha proceeded without incident.

Residents participating in the invite-only Family Day were the first to shop at the Swedish home goods store, which will officially open on March 11. Anticipation has been building here for months, after IKEA’s originally announced January opening was pushed back.

Despite concerns that last night’s event could get overrun by too many shoppers, things proceeded in an orderly fashion with IKEA controlling the crowd by turning away people once its underground parking structure was full.

Those who attended were treated to dinner and partook in an emergency safety drill before shopping. 

Here’s a peek inside the store. Who’s going to the opening?

Credit: Photos by Lance Cenar

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