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Posted On: 23 April 2018 04:11 pm
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Top 5 book stores in Qatar worth your time -- and money!

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We all love reading books -- that's a universal feeling. But for what reason? Yours and my answer may vary but whether you're after the texture of the paper or the delicate scent of a new book, there's always something untold or bizarre on our longing to snag a new read from the bookstore -- especially since the world is celebrating World Book Day today (April 23).

First celebrated in 1995, the World Book Day -- also known as International Copyright Day -- is an annual event organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

And albeit the fact that we already have Kindle available for a "more convenient" reading experience, most bookworms would still prefer to stick to the tangible and paperback versions of the bestsellers that they learned to love.

With that, here is a list of ILQ's Top 5 bookstores around Qatar that you can look up to get some dose of that delicious and intoxicating smell of new books:

1. Jarir Bookstore

Jarir Bookstore Qatar

Expanding to almost every expat-infested GCC country, Jarir Bookstore is the leading provider of Arabic & English books, computers, computer accessories, smartphones, electronics, school & office supplies, educational toys, video games, and more! Name it, they have it! Their three branches scattered evenly across Qatar are some of the biggest paradise for bookworms and their shelves are huge! Jarir is also the place to go if you're looking for affordable instructional materials for kids as they conduct seasonal sales throughout the year. And did we mention that every branch has a reading area dedicated to those who wants to spend the whole day just scrambling through barely-opened scented books?

About Jarir Bookstore Qatar:

Location/s: Jaidah Square, Salwa Road Ramada Crossing, Al Rayyan Al Jadeed St.
Timings: Saturday to Thursday (9AM-10PM), Fridays (4PM-10PM)
Contact number/s: (+974) 4444 0212

2. Virgin Megastore

Virgin Megastore Qatar
(Source: Virgin Megastore blog)

Virgin Megastore may be more popularly known for selling stuff that you can't find anywhere in the country -- despite them being slightly on the costly side -- but if you dig deeper into every Virgin store, you'll realize that their book section is one of the richest there is in Qatar and guess what -- they're miraculously reasonably priced! If you don't have time to visit one of their three well-known Qatar branches, you can instead have a look at their blog to catch the latest book reviews, their recommendations for top novels and their bestsellers. Whether it's fiction, comic books, story books for kids, or self-help reading, you can always turn a page with Virgin Megastore!

About Virgin Megastore Qatar:

Location/s: Mall of Qatar, Villagio mall, Hamad International Airport
Timings: Saturday to Wednesday (10AM-11PM), Thursday and Friday (10AM-12AM)
Contact number/s: (+974) 4021 4778, 4495 9060, 4418 2242, 4415 0442

3. WH Smith

WH Smith Ezdan Mall Qatar
(Source: Doha News)

From the first store in London which opened in 1792, WH Smith now operates over 1200 stores in strategic locations across the world with Qatar having four branches currently on its belt. Apart from books, they also sell stationery, greetings cards, confectionery, souvenir items, and art materials to name a few! WH Smith's statistics say that it sells over 30 million books annually, and over 4,000 writing pads per day. Its most mention-worthy branch in Qatar is the one located in Nuaija's Al Meera as it has a WH Smith Cafe of its own.

About WH Smith Qatar:

Location/s: Ezdan Mall, Al Meera Nuaija branch, Hyatt Plaza mall, Hamad International Airport
Timings: Saturday to Thursday (9AM-11PM), Fridays (2PM-11PM)
Contact number/s: (+974) 5227 4469, 4479 4636



FNAC is more than a store, it is a cultural hub and a melting pot for like-minded individuals to come together and celebrate art and culture in a relaxed informal environment that appeals to one and all. Their visually-appealing Lagoona Mall branch -- which is also their lone store in Qatar -- is giving us all the feels. From the cool-looking interior down to novel titles which aren't offered by any book store in Qatar, FNAC proves itself to be an original concept that offers the customers the best available products and services, advice and guidance but is also comprehensive store where you can shop, read, entertain, participate in events, or even display your artworks in a dedicated area.

About FNAC Lagoona Mall:

Location/s: Lagoona Mall
Timings: Sunday to Wednesday (10AM-10PM), Thursdays (10AM-12MN), Fridays (2PM-12MN)
Contact number/s: (+974) 4433 5599, 4433 5699

5. Borders

FNAC Doha Festival City
(Source: Doha Festival City website)

Are you up to read a good book inside a well-known coffee shop? With Borders at Doha Festival City, you're definitely at the right place! Their trendy-looking store is a one-stop shop for everyone, catering to all age groups with a variety of products and activities to get yourself involved into. Their wide display of books -- which are usually under the Buy 2 Take 1 promotion -- are powerful and literally inspiring. No wonder why Borders is one of the most sought-after shops in all of Qatar's biggest indoor shopping mall!

About Borders at Doha Festival City:

Location/s: Doha Festival City
Timings: Daily from 9AM-1AM
Contact number/s: (+974) 4469 6186, 4471 3942

Which good book have you read today to celebrate World Book Day? Was this list of ours helpful in showing you around some of the best bookworm spots in Qatar? Let us know by dropping a line in the comments section below and also, don't forget to like and share this article -- it keeps us going!