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Qatar’s Gulf Mall soft launches with opening of several stores

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Gulf Mall
Gulf Mall

Dozens of shoppers have been exploring Gulf Mall for the first time this week as Qatar’s newest shopping center unofficially opened for business.

Consumers are still greatly outnumbered by the contractors who are busy putting the finishing touches on many of the 200-plus stores inside the building, which is located next to Ezdan Mall and across the expressway from Landmark Mall.

Nevertheless, staff inside the eight outlets open for business today could be observed ringing up sales at a steady pace for their first customers.

Fashion retailer Reserved.
Fashion retailer Reserved.

The first shop to open was British fashion and home goods retailer Matalan late last month.

Today, seven stores managed by Qatar-based Azadea Holding, including Reserved, Piazza Italia, Oculis, Crazy 8, Tezenis, I AM and Calzedonia opened their doors.

Punt Roma and Jules are slated to open April 9, followed by Argo Tea and, for the first time in Qatar, American clothing store Old Navy later this month, said Ghayd Chammas, a senior marketing specialist at Azadea.

Speaking to Doha News, he added that he expects dozens of other stores in the mall managed by other companies to also gradually open throughout April.

No official opening date has been set yet for Gulf Mall, which is also expected to launch a cinema at some point.

But individual stores are free to open if they can provide proof that they have the necessary operating and safety permits, assistant mall manager Rosie Nmeir told Doha News.

Competition

Despite the growing number of residents – and therefore shoppers – in the country, real estate experts say Qatar will soon have a surplus of retail space.

Gulf Mall is the first of several shopping centers scheduled to open in the next couple of years, including the Mall of Qatar, Doha Festival City and North Gate Mall.

Dippingo
Dippingo

Additionally, Gulf Mall will compete with existing shopping centers in the immediate vicinity, as well as established malls such as Villaggio and City Center.

Chammas said he’s confident that Gulf Mall would be able to hold its own against the country’s other shopping centers. Many of its stores, such as Reserved and Old Navy, will be the retailers’ only Qatar location.

“People will come here because they are looking for a specific brand,” he said.

Indeed, one woman who spoke to Doha News said she came to Gulf Mall specifically to shop at Matalan.

“There was one in Abu Dhabi, and this is the first in Doha,” she said while exiting the store and going to take a look at the rest of the mall.

While there are several other outlets in Gulf Mall that are unique to Qatar, such as American breakfast chain IHOP, others stores such as Al Meera and Daiso Japan will be familiar to many local residents.

Chammas said another factor working in Gulf Mall’s favor is that its retail mix primarily consists of mid-range stores such as H&M, in contrast to other shopping centers focused on high-end, luxury products.

“You have a mass population that’s interested in affordable brands,” he said. “Most (expats) come to Qatar with the intent of saving money.”

Chammas also credited the mall’s design, which features underground parking, wide corridors – enabling shoppers to see more stores from a single spot as well as giving the mall a less-crowded feel – and skylights that allow sunlight to illuminate the building.

“There are a high percentage of people in the area who have relatively high incomes, but who don’t want to bother with the traffic (involved in driving to other malls),” he said.

Thoughts?

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Ali
Ali
5 years ago

I am thinking of opening a mall in that area as well. I just need to find an investor!

Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago
Reply to  Ali

they are missing a trick, someone should propose a bridge between the three which has shops on it !

Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

I won’t be surprised if they do it. A pedestrian bridge will help ease the flow of shoppers between the four malls. If the mall owners agree on it Ashghal will probably do it 🙂

sicti
sicti
5 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Or underground passage :))

AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
5 years ago
Reply to  sicti

What about a bungee catapult?

desertCard
desertCard
5 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

They better be mechanized people movers because they don’t like to walk here.

Expat77
Expat77
5 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

Better still to have Walkalators between the 3 malls…surely will reduce traffic chaos

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago

One more advertiser text msg from a retailer in the this new mall and I’m cracking my samsung on the floor

Ghayd
Ghayd
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Let us know, we’ll include you in our list of “Win a Samsung” Promotion.
Take it easy 🙂

Chilidog
Chilidog
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Totally agree. Is there any way to get off all the marketing lists? Like a “do not call” list you can get on or something like that?

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
5 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

If you are with Ooredoooooo you can download their app, which has a block SMS function. You type in the sender name/number and it will prevent future messages advising you of cars you don’t want, discounts at shops you have never been too, cricket matches on OSN etc.

Cerebus
Cerebus
5 years ago

Awesome news! I was hoping for a new place to go and spend 50% more for something than I would anywhere else because of the sublime experience of fighting my way through tailgating jerks, indifferent expats, and the jostling for a parking spot where I am guaranteed to have my overpriced car smashed and dinged. JUST CANT WAIT!!! OH THE JOY OF SHOPPING! And…..Old Navy, there is that American Label the world is clamoring for, and will certainly fork over hundreds of Riyals for graphic Ts that run $4 in the USA.

Abdulla
Abdulla
5 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

Best comment ever!

BillyBob
BillyBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Cerebus

LOLOLOLOLOLOL Worst reasons to get excited. You should be AAAANGRREY!

Scarletti
Scarletti
5 years ago

fantastic news – now I can choose which venue to shop at the same collection of stores from a choice of at least 4 malls all within 2 km of each other !

Saffa
Saffa
5 years ago

You’d think they’d build them where you’d have good access and egress from a major road, not just a single direction of a major road! Both Ezdan and the new one are easiest accessed only when heading south on Al Shamal road, getting out is even more difficult… sigh the planning leaves a lot to be desired.

Simon
Simon
5 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

Not sure there is any planning worth speaking of!

wee_johnnie
wee_johnnie
5 years ago
Reply to  Simon

Maybe when they see the traffic chaos that results they will look to redesign the road layout and cause even more chaos during the reconstruction. Pity no-one had thought that it would be better to sort out the roads before. Think planners are doing everything in reverse order.

BillyBob
BillyBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

Hey

It’s not as easy as you think 🙂
Each land is owned. The owner wants to build. Malls equal good income. Prime land is expensive to buy. Owner already has good land location. Owner builds. Viola Mall appears. 🙂

Al Kohol
Al Kohol
5 years ago

Oh yeah, another useless arrangement of bricks. Why don’t you just build a mall with some interesting shops and real restaurants… It’s the same all the time: Pseudo-Italian restaurants and restaurants that advertise food they never have. Don’t get me started on the shops: ask QPost and Amarex on how much I like to shop in Qatar… the kilos of items I ship from outside tell the truth…

truth.e.ness
truth.e.ness
5 years ago
Reply to  Al Kohol

up vote for the name

sicti
sicti
5 years ago
Reply to  truth.e.ness

Upvote also for honesty 🙂

BillyBob
BillyBob
5 years ago
Reply to  Al Kohol

Downvote for comment.

Yousef
Yousef
5 years ago

Lets all go get BIGGER and FATTER ..on good ol American junk food…..aaaammmm yummm I feel good about getting DIABETES for Eid this year !!

KK
KK
5 years ago

Bookshop please, no more shoe shops!!

MrJames
MrJames
5 years ago
Reply to  KK

I like the City Centre shoe-shopping experience:

1. Choose shoes
2. Wait hours while assistant fetches shoes, presumably from Al Wakrah..
3. Give up and leave, shoe-less and dejected…

Lorin
Lorin
5 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

That’s funny,hahaha!

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  KK

Bookshops are usless here, the censorship is appalling.

Jassim
Jassim
5 years ago

The amount of negativity and sarcasm from expats is just too much. Its actually annoying.

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago
Reply to  Jassim

Lol ur new here ?

Jassim
Jassim
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

No, but I don’t usually comment.

FalconFlyer
FalconFlyer
5 years ago
Reply to  Jassim

Its not negativity, its pointing out the reality. Are you implying that having 4 mega malls within 2 kms distance is good planning. The parking at these malls is obsolete and not as per regulations. They are way too tight.
The drop off lane for Qatar should be multiplied by 6 because that’s where the shiny big cars stop first, blocking the access of the lesser mortals to the actual parking.
Do not get me started on the overpriced stores/restaurants who sell their merchandise first in Dubai at competitive rates, the leftovers are sent to Doha and sold at an exorbitant rate to cover for all the bureaucracy prevalent here. Just my opinion….

sicti
sicti
5 years ago
Reply to  FalconFlyer

What mega malls? :)) You consider Landmark and Ezdan mega malls? :)))

FalconFlyer
FalconFlyer
5 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Not exactly, mega. Biggie malls from Doha point of view. The essence of the message still holds up.

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago
Reply to  Jassim

Yes but the lack of reality from Qatari developers is so hilarious we can’t help ourselves..

al-Lalal
al-Lalal
5 years ago

Except for groceries and urgent needs, it makes no sense whatsoever to do my shopping in Doha. Selection is limited, prices are high, service is bad and getting there is an extremely unpleasant experience. It pays off to fly to Dubai on the weekend, have a good time, do a lot of shopping and break even at the end.

sandy
sandy
5 years ago

Another shopping mall how original . What about some activity centres for older children that are affordable to encourage healthy living ?

BillyBob
BillyBob
5 years ago

“OMMGGG Couldn’t they chose somewhere else goooooosh I hate this place but i still stay bcuz Im here for the mula and because I secretly like it here more than home” – every hater.
Let me explain how the locations are chosen.
It’s not as easy as you think 🙂

Each land is owned. The owner wants to build on owns land. Owner wants to make money. Malls equal good income. Prime land is expensive to buy. Owner already has good land location. Owner builds. Viola Mall appears. 🙂

AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
5 years ago

They haven’t jacked up the prices yet at this mall, at least at some of the stores I went to. The best thing about it is that even though it has some of the same stores as other malls, it’s much closer so I can stay out of traffic.

http://www.panarabiaenquirer.com/wordpress/shop-starved-abu-dhabi-residents-finally-get-new-mall/

It’s bigger than Landmark and doesn’t feel as crowded.

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