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It’s the first weekend of 2018, let’s begin it with enjoyment!

Trendy Thursdays at WAHM Lounge Presents Thomas Pasko

Date and Venue: 4 January 2018 to 5 January 2018 from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am onwards at WAHM Lounge.

Entry Fee: Free, contact 4453 5135 to make reservations.

A grand entry is a must for the first weekend of 2018. Begin the Thursday night of the year’s first weekend with freestyle dancing on the tunes of Thomas Pasko. To add up to the fun, resident DJs Eddie Ferrer & John Woods, too, will be jamming their exclusive DJ tunes at the WAHM Lounge.

Shop Qatar 2018: Head Back to the Festival of Offers!

Date and Venue: 7th January 2018 to 7th February 2018. The participating malls announced are, Doha Festival City, Lagoona mall, Tawar Mall, Esdan Mall, Mall of Qatar, Villagio, Gulf Mall, Dar Al- Salman Mall, City Centre, The Gate Mall, Alkhor Mall, Landmark and Hyatt Plaza.

Entry Fee: Free

The best union of shopping events is back in Qatar with amazing offers, events and deals. Apart from an amazing shopping experience of varied brands at discounted prices, there is a lot more you for you to make the visit enjoyable. To begin with, you can test your luck and see if you are among the 15 fortunate shoppers who win weekly passes to the festival. Along with, you also have the privileged opportunity of winning up to QAR 4 million in cash and car prizes. Just spending QAR 200 can fetch you a voucher for combined use at the multiple participating stores. Don’t miss your opportunity to shop and win!

Re-Connekt House Music at Crystal

Date and Venue: 5 January 2018 to 6 January 2018 from 09:00 pm to 02:00 am onwards at W Doha Hotel & Residences West Bay, Doha

Entry Fee: Paid, 50% off on sips from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm

Looking for a musical night with amazing tunes to dance on with your friends? Worry no more, Crystal presents you with best line up of House Music and sets the scene for an unforgettable affair by DJ Jared Mcculloch & Dj Grotask. Join the party this Friday night!

Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2018

Date and Venue: 2 January 2018 to 7 January 2018 from 10:00 am onwards at Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex

Entry Fee: 25 – 400QR, can be purchased online at www.bit.ly/QEOTickets

There is something for everyone and we mean it when we say it. Besides party animals, now even Tennis lovers have the opportunity to enjoy live matches of their favourite players. Qatar Tennis Federation is hosting Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2017, a part of the ATP World Tour 250 series.

You can witness some of the superstars like, Former World No.1 – Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, World No. 5 Dominic Thiem of Austria and Frenchman Jo-Welfried Tsonga World No. 15, dazzle as the best of tennis returns to Doha once again at the 2018 QatarExxonMobil Open.

This is certainly not an opportunity to be missed. This weekend watch your favourite tennis stars play live for you!

Baía dos Piratas at the Mall of Qatar

Date and Venue: 7 January 2018 to 20 January 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mall of Qatar

Entry Fee:  Free, for more information contact

Ph: 974 4034 6000

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.mallofqatar.com.qa/english/home

We promise you a fun-filled evening with your loved one and a few pirates who escaped and are now hiding. The Mall of Qatar where the pirates are hiding is, a pirate paradise, where everything is perfect and includes lots of sun, treasures and relaxation. But an old pirate, Captain Smith, who works for the Queen is on a hunt. Go join Captain Smith in the adventurous hunt for the Pirates Bay crew.

Aspire Winter Festival

Date and Venue: 7 January 2018 to 20 January 2018 from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Aspire Park

Entry Fee: Free

Aspire Park is welcoming visitors with a lot of surprizes. Go indulge in the lush greenery with several sports activities and enjoy an amazing outing with your friends and family this weekend. Rent from a variety of sports equipment like cycle, paddle boat, remote controlled cars, and much more, from the Aspire tent and get on with the fun. Some of the major attractions of the winter festival are Cycling, Boating, Remote control Car racing which can be run on a custom-made track especially designed by Aspire Zone Foundation for remote-control car racing. Meanwhile, football lovers are given specialised training on wonderful pitches. A complete package of entertainment awaits you – what are you waiting for?

Cultural Events at Katara

Date and Venue: Ongoing at Katara Cultural Village. For more information visit: http://www.katara.net/en/whats-on

Entry Fee: Free

If you are looking for a relaxed outing this weekend, join the cultural events at Katara Cultural Village. Enjoy mesmerizing events like, ‘Fragrances from Bulgaria’, ‘Architecture inspired by Nature’, ‘Traditional Handicrafts Program’, ‘Katara Heritage Operetta’ and enrich your senses.

 

Doha Festival City

The entrance to the mall

With reporting from Amanda Ramirez

With just weeks to go before its April 5 soft opening, the massive Doha Festival City (DFC) opened its doors to journalists yesterday for a sneak peek.

While there, officials also revealed further details about some of the QR6 billion mall’s upcoming theme parks.

Located off of Al Shamal Road next to IKEA, DFC has seen months of delays. It will eventually host over 500 stores, including some 100 food and beverage outlets.

Amanda Ramirez

Doha Festival City pre-opening tour

But not all of them will be opening soon. Here’s what you need to know about Qatar’s newest shopping destination:

Hello Five Guys

According to the Gulf Times, DFC general manager Trevor Hill said nearly 50 percent of the mall’s retail outlets and most of its food and beverage offerings will open next month.

That includes Qatar’s first Five Guys, a popular American hotdog and hamburger chain that already has outlets in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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Typical Five Guys fare

Many of the other food outlets at the mall were still covered with generic hoardings yesterday.

But according to DFC’s website, they will include Dean and Deluca, the Hummingbird Bakery and PF Chang’s.

Doha Festival City pre-opening tour

Shops-wise, Marks and Spencer, H&M, Home Center, Mac, Sephora, Carter’s, The Body Shop and Pottery Barn all appear to be almost ready to open.

The mall will also be the site of the world’s largest Monoprix, featuring a “Cave à Fromage” – which is sure to be a hit with cheese lovers.

And also coming soon is Qatar’s first Harvey Nichols, the London-based luxury department store.

Additionally, an Ace Hardware outlet remains under construction.

Angry Birds fun

DFC has several theme parks opening this year, but visitors will need to wait a few more months to check them out.

For example, officials said they are aiming for a summer launch for the Angry Birds adventure park.

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It is the first of its kind in the Gulf, and attractions will include the largest trampoline park in Qatar.

A largest indoor and outdoor go-karting track in the region, a drop tower, reverse bungee slingshot and water rapids are also planned, officials said.

Snow adventures

Also expected to open this summer is Qatar’s first ski slope.

Doha Festival City website

An artist’s impression of the Snow Dunes attraction

Snow Dunes – billed as an “Arabian-themed snow park” – will feature over 4,800 sq meters of real snow in a -4C environment all year round.

The attraction will also boast a “snow castle” as well as slides, slopes and sleds, officials said.

Virtual fun

One more main feature of DFC that’s opening this summer is “Virtuocity,” which is a gaming space specifically for older teens (15+) and adults.

Doha Festival City website

How Virtuocity should look when it opens in the summer

The venue will include a 200-seat viewing and competing hub equipped with the latest PC, PlayStation and Xbox One hardware.

Virtuocity will also have five VIP lounges where up to 10 people will be able to complete simultaneously on the advanced Racer simulators.

Additionally, there will be four themed escape rooms where participants  will have just 60 minutes to break out using problem-solving skills.

Get those steps in

During the country’s hottest months, the mall might be a good destination for exercise as well as shopping.

Amanda Ramirez

Doha Festival City pre-opening tour

It’s 1km long inside, and there’s also a 3km “Outdoor Leisure Trail” surrounding the mall for runners and cyclists.

The mountain bike track, designed by British company Architrail, offers various surfaces with inbuilt gradients and obstacles to suit all abilities of mountain bikers.

And the running track has exercise machines installed along the route.

Doha Festival City

The Outdoor Leisure Trail

Parking-wise, there will be 8,000 spaces across four floors, with 29 different entry points into the mall.

And it should be fairly straightforward to get to the mall from Doha, thanks to the recent opening of the Al Kharaitiyat Interchange on Al Shamal Road.

The complex is expected to be fully open by September, officials pledged.

Do you plan to check it out? Thoughts?

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Doha Sooq

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Hoping to save residents the headache of battling traffic, navigating a busy grocery store and juggling multiple shopping bags at once, a new online supermarket and home delivery service has launched in Qatar.

E-commerce site Doha Sooq has teamed up with grocery chain Grand Mart to launch the website, which debuted last month.

In a statement, Mohamed Intiqab Rawoof, manager of the IT group of Grand Mart, said:

“People always shop. It doesn’t stop. We are here to make their experience better and the online supermarket is designed and implemented to provide a seamless shopping experience.

People are changing their buying habits. From retail stores to online shopping carts, it’s only a matter of time before the online shopping store becomes a popular option among consumers in Qatar.”

Items for sale includes fashion, jewelry, gifts and electronics in addition to fresh and packaged food.

Doha Sooq now sells 4,000 items, 475 of which are food goods.

This is set to more than double with 2,500 separate food lines in the coming month, a website official told Doha News.

The new site will join a number of other online grocery ordering services that have launched in Qatar in recent years, including eGrab, which started as an app last August, and FreshQatar, which provides online shopping and delivery to select areas inside Doha, although with a minimum order of QR100.

There is also the app Baqaala, currently available on Android, where customers can order groceries from local mini-markets or supermarkets, and get them delivered to their home in 30 minutes, its website says.

How it works

With Doha Sooq, customers can register their details, then get shopping.

The orders are compiled by Grand Mart staff, who check to ensure that all products have valid expiry dates and are of good quality, Hussain Mohammed Hasan, E-commerce specialist at Doha Sooq, said.

Speaking to Doha News, he added:

“We are adding new products daily to the site. By one month’s time, we will have 10,000 products for sale.

Grand Mart staff will check every order before it goes out, and all deliveries will be made in their refrigerated vans.”

The online system should highlight stock levels. If an item turns out to be out of stock after ordering, Grand Mart staff would call the customer to ask if they would like an alternative item or a refund.

Customers can pay by credit or debit card online. A cash-on-delivery option is planned to launch “soon.” For the launch period, customers can get a 2.5 percent discount on their total bill, Hasan said.

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At check-out, shoppers can also choose their preferred delivery slot. Orders worth more than QR50 have free delivery, while those less than that have a QR15 delivery charge.

The site organizers aim for same-day delivery – with a four-hour target from ordering, although orders made after 8pm will be delivered the following morning.

“This is for customers’ convenience, and to give Grand Mart greater visibility in the market. In our research, everyone told us about problems with traffic, with parking. Shopping online is much more convenience and easier,” Hasan added.

Slow take-up

While already very popular in some countries, online shopping – especially for food – has yet to really take off in Qatar.

A number of supermarkets have been talking about launching such services in Qatar, but this has yet to take place.

Lulu has online shopping and delivery in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but Qatar-based customers can’t use its website for home delivery yet.

Instead, they can order and pay online, and collect the food order at Lulu Express in Education City.

Speaking to Doha News, a representative for the hypermarket chain said they hoped to launch a full online food ordering and delivery service in Qatar “soon.”

Other supermarkets, such as Spinneys and Geant, have online food shopping systems for other countries in the Middle East, but not yet in Qatar.

Would you use an online food shopping and delivery service? Thoughts?