DOHA: The Gate Mall, Qatar’s fashion and lifestyle destination located in the heart of West Bay which was opened last week has already given residents great shopping options.
After months of intensive development that included the launch of several boutiques and dining outlets, development at The Gate has progressed well, with many boutiques of high end brands already opening and several others are set to open in the coming few months.
“Opening of the main doors to the public last week is a significant milestone for us,” said Neville Koen, Head of Properties at The Gate. “The new main access points deliver a fresh experience to the public and add a sense of life and energy to The Gate that the architects first envisioned.”
The generous space and volume within the Gate sets it apart from other malls in the city. Vast skylights flood the shopping areas with natural light, giving The Gate a refreshing sense of radiance and openness.
The mall combines cutting edge interior design with a relaxing ambience to offer something unique to the nation’s shoppers. The interior finishes reflect chic and modern lines that bring a soothing and delighting spirit at all corners of the mall.
A number of areas in the mall are designed to feature exhibition spaces, hosting art and sculptures created especially for The Gate. The development team has commissioned a number of diverse works with talented local and international artists to enhance the air of sophistication within the mall, including a crystal lighting installation that today hangs prominently above a walkway. Several more pieces are currently in development and will soon be unveiled in key locations throughout the mall.
“From the outset, our aim has been to create a shopping destination unlike anything else in the country,” said Yasser Hamad, General Manager of developer Salam Bounian.
“Today, shopping is more than simply a pastime – it’s a culture, with its own communities and customs, and an appreciation for venues that offer something new and exciting. From the earliest stages of planning, The Gate was created with the modern shopper in mind, with the ultimate goal of creating a personal shopping experience second to none,” he said.
The Gate is not intended to be a shopping and entertainment destination only but rather a gathering point of social, cultural and functional place. The Gate to cultures will be the theme, where many activities will be planned around it celebrating the various cultures of the world and creating a merging point where art, culture, music and exhibitions do take place.
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