When news of a new IKEA opening spreads, there’s a reason people get excited. Since 1951 this family-owned home furnishings business has grown to become one of the most popular international icons in home décor. Known for its unique, vibrant, yet minimalist designs, well-crafted furniture, and durable appliances, the company made quality and affordability the keystones of its commitment to customers – and the rest was history!
To go back to the start, the IKEA name has an unusual origin, combining the initials of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, with the first letters of the name of the farm and village where he grew up in rural Sweden – Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd. From small seeds do tall trees grow – and in fact, the very first branded IKEA product ever sold back in the late 1960’s were books of matches. Over the more than half a century of business, the IKEA logo has hardly changed since 1967, making it one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Today there are 392 IKEA stores across 48 countries around the globe. But what keeps customers coming back as much as quality, is price-point – and that’s where IKEA’s one-of-a-kind democratic design process stands out. IKEA does their part and so do you, in a collaboration that saves both the retailer and the customer some much needed cash!
(Photo: The very first IKEA store)
Assembling their flat-pack products (which made their first appearance more than 60 years ago with IKEA’s original LÖVET table) helps reduce the cost of items. And, really, at one point or another we’ve all spent some quality time bonding over the puzzle pieces of our IKEA living room set!
And, for those instances where you just can’t make that square peg fit, IKEA offers in-home assembly service for just QR 90 – plus, they’ll deliver to your door in one day for an additional QR 100. The only thing they won’t do is remove or take apart your furniture that’s already there – which we think is a pretty reasonable caveat.
It’s hard to believe that IKEA Qatar is already celebrating it’s four year Doha-versary – and they plan to do it in style, kicking off a month-long celebration of promotions, events and activities for the whole family.
On the weekend of March 10-11, 2017, folks can head on over to enjoy their grand anniversary parade and cake-cutting, plus kids’ games, puppet shows, giveaways, and 400 items at discounted prices. In fact, right through until March 18th, IKEA Qatar will be playing host to an array of daily events to mark the occasion – including Qatari and Arabic cultural performances.
If you’d like to learn more about their full line-up of celebration activities, or discover more about IKEA Qatar, it’s products and services, click here.
What’s your favourite IKEA Qatar experience? Drop us a line in the comments below and don’t forget to give us a like and a share – it keeps us going!
Selected photography by Zhan Temerkhanov
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