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31 January 2018 07:08 am

Last chance to enjoy Shop Qatar 2018

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Following on three weeks of Shop Qatar festivities, the Festival continues with its exciting retail offers, and brings novel shopping experiences and special entertainment to mall-goers in its last week.  

Up until Wednesday, 7 February, residents and visitors still have a chance to shop at bargain prices at any of the 13 participating malls with retailers offering discounts of up to 50% and special promotions. In addition to the unique shopping experiences offered by the 30 pop-up shops at Mall of Qatar, mall-goers heading to Doha Festival City (DHFC) this weekend can enjoy an exclusive trunk show by Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (VCUQ).  

And, to wrap up the month’s celebrations, Shop Qatar 2018’s grand finale will take place at DFHC on the evening of Thursday, 8 February bringing a special line-up of entertainment, including a public performance by Lebanese pop star Ramy Ayach.  

Mashal Shahbik, Director of Tourism Events & Festivals at QTA said, “In its second edition, Shop Qatar continues to provide new platforms for local talent to showcase their creativity and broaden their market reach. As evidenced by the resounding successes we witnessed at the three fashion shows and workshop held earlier this festival, there is a growing appreciation and appetite for bespoke design in Qatar, which makes us particularly proud to partner with VCUQ to support locally-based designers.” She added, “As the month’s festivities draw to an end, we are looking forward to the grand finale celebrations at DHFC on Thursday evening and would like to invite everyone who has been part of this brand new tradition to come out and join us.”  

Exclusive Trunk Show by VCUQ  

VCU-Q students, alumni and faculty will be setting up their trunk show on Friday, 2 February and Saturday, 3 February. The nine exhibitors will be at the Mall’s Centre Court between 1:00pm and 8:00pm on both days, showcasing their latest ready-to-wear creations, abayas & accessories. The boutique-like space will offer an immersive experience where visitors can learn about the design process from sketch to final product; receive fashion consultations as well as buy the creations on display.  

Sandra Wilkins, Chair of the Fashion Department, VCUQ commented, "Shop Qatar has made the promotion of Qatar's own homegrown design talent a priority, which is an extremely admirable mission.  VCU arts Qatar Fashion Department is excited to again participate in this highly successful venture, and look forward to future collaborations."   

Sam Hosn, General Manager of DHFC commented, “We look forward to welcoming VCUQ’s talented designers for their first exclusive trunk show in 2018, as well as hosting the closing ceremony and final raffle draw for Shop Qatar.”  

DHFC first collaborated with QTA for the Qatar Summer Festival 2017; over 220 of the Mall’s stores are participating in Shop Qatar 2018. “We have seen an increase in mall visitors since the beginning of Shop Qatar 2018, and are proud to be a part of it this year. It is always an honour to work with QTA and support its efforts to showcase Qatar’s tourism assets domestically and in international markets. We look forward to continue working with QTA for the development of the retail and entertainment sectors in Qatar,” added Hosn.  

Grand Finale  

The Shop Qatar 2018 closing ceremony is due to take place on Thursday, 8 February at Doha Festival City’s Center Court and will feature a free performance by the multi-talented Lebanese artist, Ramy Ayach at 7:30pm.  

The award-winning singer, composer, actor, and philanthropist commented, “It is a great pleasure and privilege to perform at the Shop Qatar closing ceremony. I miss Qatar’s lovely people enormously and can’t wait to be among my fans there again. I hope they will enjoy the performance which will be a mix of some of my old songs and of course, some new singles.” He added, “I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy new year and hope that 2018 carries peace and love to all. See you soon!”  

Ayach’s performance will be followed by the Festival’s final draw at 9:00pm. Visitors and residents still have a chance to win cars and cash prizes worth up to 1 million QAR by shopping or dining at any of the festival’s 13 mall partners. For every QAR 200 spent at any of the participating retailers or restaurants, shoppers can enter one of the festival’s final raffle draw, with two cars and 13 cash prizes ranging from QAR 10,000 to QAR 100,000 to be won.

To find out more, visit www.shopqatar.qa and follow the dedicated Shop Qatar social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook