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Qatar’s Gulf Mall nears completion, but no opening date set yet

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Gulf Mall
Gulf Mall

Dozens of retailers and restaurants, including fashion outlet H&M and American breakfast chain IHOP, have been putting the finishing touches on their stores and eateries inside Gulf Mall ahead of an expected opening later this year.

IHOP at Gulf Mall
IHOP at Gulf Mall

But an official launch date has yet to be set.

During a visit to the under-construction complex today, Doha News observed some employees installing shelving units, stocking merchandise and hanging decorations inside their respective stores.

Other shops appeared to be further away from opening, with construction hoarding covering storefronts as workers in blue coveralls entered and exited with power tools in their hands.

One store manager said that the last projected opening date he received from mall managers was March 15. However, he said he was skeptical that date would be met.

Speaking to Doha News, assistant mall manager Rosie Nmeir said that no opening date has yet been set and refused to speculate if it would be next month, in April or later in the year.

Under-construction shop at Gulf Mall.
Under-construction shop at Gulf Mall.

Some tenants appear to have been under the impression that it would open earlier. Restaurant chain Fatburger said on its website that its Gulf Mall location would open in August 2014.

Sizing it up

At 160,000 square meters, Gulf Mall – located next to Ezdan Mall off of the Doha Expressway – was set to become one of the largest shopping centers in Qatar when news of its development was first announced in 2010.

Gulf Mall
Gulf Mall

When it opens, it will still be more than twice the size of Landmark Mall (which is across the road) and approximately 28 percent larger than Villaggio. But Gulf Mall will soon be dwarfed by several other shopping centers under construction.

That includes the Mall of Qatar on Al Rayyan Road, which will have 195,000 square meter of leasable space and is scheduled to open later this year.

Meanwhile, Doha Festival City is expected to be even larger at 260,000 square meters, and is projected to open in late 2016.

Rendering of Doha Festival City
Rendering of Doha Festival City

While many retailers are currently clamoring to enter or expand in Qatar, a shortage of retail space is currently preventing many from cashing in on the country’s rapidly growing and affluent population.

That’s expected to change in the coming years, as the opening of the country’s new mega-malls creates a glut of retail space that analysts say could make it difficult for Qatar’s older shopping centers to attract tenants and customers.

Nmeir said Gulf Mall is completely leased. Some of its stores include:

  • British fashion and homeware retailer Matalan;
  • Coffee shops Costa, Starbucks and Tim Hortons;
  • Fashion and home decor store Centrepoint;
  • Lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret;
  • French bakery Brioche Dorée;
  • Fashion retailer Reserved;
  • Skincare, cosmetics and fragrances shops The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works;
  • Asian diner Pei Wei; and
  • Footwear retailer Shoe Citi;

It was reported in 2011 that the Gulf Mall would cost $200 million to construct.

Thoughts?

Note: This article has been corrected to note that Doha Festival City is scheduled to open in late 2016.

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Reem
Reem
6 years ago

What we truly need is deverstity. we need new shops that has no other branches in other malls insied the country. most of the shops you mentioned are already here!

MN
MN
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Ezdan Mall is the most original, with shops and brands that don’t exist anywhere else, such as Kurt Geiger and Popcorn Girl… but what surprises me more is the fact that they’ve build the Gulf Mall next to it and across the street from landmark that includes similar shops!!

Spirit
Spirit
6 years ago
Reply to  MN

There is a Kurt Geiger in Landmark too and yes, we need diversity. Instead of another Marks and Spencer why not a Macy’s or Nordstrom? Perhaps other chains are afraid of the Middle East…

MN
MN
6 years ago
Reply to  Spirit

or Bloomingdale’s 🙁

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Well Olive Garden was supposed to open in Qatar in the Gulf Mall first before opening anywhere else in the Gulf but that didn’t happen due to many Malls not opening fast enough.

Michael L
Michael L
6 years ago

I couldn’t agree more …. It’s just same old same old

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael L
TheOldDay
TheOldDay
6 years ago

IHOP ! Finally

Julia Forth
Julia Forth
6 years ago

OH HY GOSH IHOP! my heart just leapt at that <3 I'm coming outrageously large and delicious breakfast!!!

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Julia Forth

Note to myself: google IHOP

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

You don’t really need to, I’ll explain: Basically, you sit at the table, and a nurse comes over and directly injects you, using an IV drip, with fat, carbs and sugar. That pretty much sums up the IHOP dining experience.
You guessed it: it’s American.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

An accurate description, but you forgot that it tastes so good.

Alaisha
Alaisha
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Goggling it now!!

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Alaisha

Just finished. Not impressed.

Elkhorn
Elkhorn
6 years ago

While it’s good to have new malls to go to (for variety’s sake), I wonder why most of the big malls are clustered within the same two areas. Almost all of the big malls are near to each other, which is bad business sense. Yes, there are many affluent people in those location, but in terms of total population compared to the size of those malls are low.

Why don’t they build a big mall near the near airport or going into Barwa / Wakra? We have plenty of big lots that can be used. There are a lot of people in the surrounding area, both middle class and affluent, and you actually have no competition (the only closest mall is the tiny – The Mall).

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Elkhorn

Mall owners build malls on their private land. The owner(s) of land in the location you pointed out might not be interested in building malls and just waiting for he price of land to further raise and then sell.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

IHOP .. I’m inviting everyone I like on Dohanews for pancakes as soon as it opens…

Vote up for free unlimited pancakes !!!!

Ali
Ali
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

If its going to be the same management as the ones in Dubai then it will cost 3 times the price of IHOP in the States and second of all it won’t taste half as good. I remember paying 40 Riyals for 4 Pancakes where as in states it was like 5 dollars.

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  Ali

Qatars prices will be even higher I’m sure. Just look at Outback Steakhouse prices in Dubai compared to the much higher prices in Qatar.

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

And how many people do you like on Doha News? 😉

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

Lol only you caught on.. None … I’m inviting myself for half done pancakes, watered down eggs and over greased halal sausages

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I’ll be happy to join you for a cup of coffee and 1 fake blueberry pankcake, but that is as much as I can handle.

Anon
Anon
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

How do you water down eggs?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Anon

Milked down.. They add milk to eggs to give it more volume

Coco
Coco
6 years ago
Reply to  Anon

Using a hose, of course.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

greased but rigorously halal. What a contradiction! eheheh

CJ87
CJ87
6 years ago

Am I the only person who’s never heard of IHOP?!

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  CJ87

Nope 😉 But free pancakes from A_qtr sounds pretty good 🙂

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Wait, you’re assuming that he or she likes you! 😉

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymouse

What’s not to like about me? 🙂

iqxgo
iqxgo
6 years ago
Reply to  CJ87

International House of Pancakes – IHOP

iqxgo
iqxgo
6 years ago
Reply to  CJ87

I’ll be sticking with Ric’s Kountry Kitchen for my pancakes and American breakfast.

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  iqxgo

Where is this place?!

iqxgo
iqxgo
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Corner of B-Ring and Ras Abu Abboud St.
http://ricskountrykitchendoha.com

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  iqxgo

Sana?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Close to that area very small shop looks like one of those indian sandwitch shops

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  iqxgo

thanks, I will have to investigate further

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Old establishment .. By old I mean 10 yrs

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Old but good?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Eggs and sausages you must mad to not get it right

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Not all eggs and sausages are equal my friend. That’s like saying any burger will do, just a bit of mince meat. And if you think that’s the case, then all hope is lost

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Sausage is an art. Especially over here. I have to make my own sausage as the sausage over here just doesn’t taste anything like sausage from States.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago
Reply to  iqxgo

Best bring your own coffee as it is coloured water at Ric’s.

iqxgo
iqxgo
6 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

Coffee at Ric’s is similar to “cowboy coffee.” Throw some grounds in a pot of boiling water and stir. Authentic American.

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  iqxgo

Rica doesn’t and can’t hold a candle to IHOP. Even if it won’t be the quality standards like US, it will still be better than Rics.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  CJ87

it is 2 with me. We don’t have chains like this back home

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  CJ87

It means International House of Pancakes. It’s the place to go in States. They’re open 24/7 and you can get breakfast, lunch or dinner anytime, all the time.

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago

Stores confirmed are:
IHOP
Fatburger
GastricBypass-U-Like

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

fatburger, mmm

Romeo.S
Romeo.S
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Noooo
BurgerFuel for Life.
Or, EscaladeBurger 😛
Sorry some pop dubian resto’s here 🙂

Romeo.S
Romeo.S
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Noooo
BurgerFuel for Life.
Or, Elevation Burger 😛
Sorry some pop dubian resto’s here 🙂

sicti
sicti
6 years ago

Mega-malls? Really?

jason
jason
6 years ago

Same same but different … enough said

Restie
Restie
6 years ago

How many Body Shops can a country have, WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE NEED LOTIONS AND SCRUBS?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Restie

You’re not married are you ?

Restie
Restie
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Hahaha good guess!

Ali
Ali
6 years ago

Is there a specific reason as to why all the Malls are going in that corner of the world? as it is that area was over crowded. Then they opened Lulu, Ezdan Mall, Gulf mall and another mall by Barwa down the road. Doha festival city is also 2 exits away…

Guest
Guest
6 years ago

Is it true that they’re going to tear down Villagio to build a WC stadium next to Aspire?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest

No

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

Plus ca change, c’est le meme. All that’s happening is that new malls will open at the expense of old ones as the retailers play musical chairs. Cue the arrival of 99p shops in the older properties. Increasingly wealthy population? Who exactly? Totally unsustainable.

Michkey
Michkey
6 years ago

I really don’t understand the retail business policy here. In my neighbourhood, there are shops side by side, sell exactly the same stuff. There’s an alley in Al-Saad, with about 50 shops for mobile phone accessories, they all sell exactly the same lot! Talk about competition!

Coco
Coco
6 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

I think they all belong to the same sponsors…

onadaco
onadaco
6 years ago

qatar needs more theme parks than mall why they don’t they build their very own disneyland like theme parks for family and kids.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

Couldn’t agree more

Anon
Anon
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

Because it will be a safety hazard.

Elkhorn
Elkhorn
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

Getting a Disnelyand / Disneyworld theme park is actually an excellent idea. Getting Disney or Warner Brothers to open up a theme park in Qatar, should take first priority. Having the first in the Middle East will definitely help Qatar’s tourism.

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  Elkhorn

I spoke to someone that had real power a long time ago about needing a good amusement park here like Disney or Universal and that person had told me they already had the contract in hand and that it was planned to be the biggest for the Gulf. It had been a race between Qatar and Emerites but Qatar had won the contract. I also stated that it needed to be a priority over most things as it would bring the tourists Qatar was looking for. She had reassured me, but until now I haven’t heard a thing and it’s been 10 years. In 2008 I heard they decided to break the contract as they were bringing another huge amusement Park. I think it’s all talk. But they really need some good amusement park here, especially if they want to bring in the tourists. I mean what are all these Malls and Hotels for if there’s not going to be anything to do?

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

also more bookstores! But good ones

MrJames
MrJames
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

‘I don’t care if it’s 50 degrees. Put that Mickey Mouse costume on and dance’…

Qfan
Qfan
6 years ago
Reply to  MrJames

It will operate only in winter just like the world cup

Lorin
Lorin
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

I think that would be the best if they could do it…

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

Well they did have a contract a while back to bring Six Flags here but heard that was canceled. Then they said a huge theme park was supposed open at the end of 2009, which was then postponed until 2011, and once again postponed until 2017. So I won’t hold my breath, but we need something soon, I mean come on, how many Malls can we continue to go to?
We need excitement.

AKA
AKA
6 years ago
Reply to  onadaco

More theme parks! There aren’t any.

French Guest
French Guest
6 years ago

Brioche Dorée! Finally some good food …
Vive la France 🙂

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  French Guest

Je m’en fiche 🙂

Mitch Lawrence
Mitch Lawrence
6 years ago

I just hope this mall will address the severe shortage of watch & jewelry shops in Doha

AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
6 years ago

Apparently this mall will include a skateboard park and a zipline, so you can quickly move from the top to the bottom. Other improvements include a melon catapult for launching fruit at cars on the Al Shamal, and a giant ball pit that is approximately 30 ft. deep.

The Observer
The Observer
6 years ago

I’ve been hearing Gulf Mall opening since two years ago. Now im not holding my breath.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

Fatburger: another idiosyncrasy of Qatar!
It goes against all the politics of good healthy life, Sport Day etc etc

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

Stop with all the concrete malls already…Dubai has snow, why not come up with something different? Underwater mall or like a big boat converted into a mall? I dunno, make it interesting to go there.

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

Underground malls? 😀

Coco
Coco
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Why not? Call it “The Cave” and make it fun. It will require less cooling and plus it could be made as an actual cave. I’d visit that.

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

I’m going to register this idea :))

Coco
Coco
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Remember to shove some money my way. I did nothing but it’s common practice here 🙂

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

No problem, as long as you help me sell it 🙂

Coco
Coco
6 years ago
Reply to  sicti

I’ve got wasta! Or waste? Which is it? 🙂

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

I surely have some waste 🙂

bleh!!
bleh!!
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

I agree…now how many mall do we have in that gharaffa area alone??? Ezdaan, lulu, landmark…in the future gulf mall etc etc….now how about connecting all these malls together via underground tunnels/passages as you mentioned with shops etc…..just like how its in Singapore

Jaded
Jaded
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

How about a floating mall suspended by zeppelins

Coco
Coco
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

There we go! Brainstorming session. Keep them coming. Maybe someone else reads this. 🙂

Spirit
Spirit
6 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

You guys are hilarious and too distracting!!!!! I need to log off and get back to work!!

Chipper fluffypants
Chipper fluffypants
6 years ago

Can’t wait for another Mango, Zara, TopShop, Paul’s, Carrefour, Aldo, and Body shop to open!!! I can never get enough of cheaply made “trendy” clothes while drinking a 25qr cup of coffee at Paul! Then I can eat lunch at the food court, which will feature: McDonalds, Hardees, KCF, Pizza Hut, Vardellis, Shater Abbas and a random juice stall.

DesertLily2015
DesertLily2015
6 years ago

Matalan will be a nice addition. used to shop there in the UK. Prices better than H&M. IHOP will be a great addition to Doha. Harvest grain and nut pancakes with butter pecan syrup, mmmm.

Annonymous
Annonymous
6 years ago

Message to Qatar Location Management.
Placing 3 Malls right next to each other is logical?
seriously?
Landmark, Ezdan Mall and now Gulf Mall?
What about traffic.
One mall traffic is enough, three malls would be a disaster.
Good luck guys,
Im a proud Dubai Mall Shopper.
Dubai Mall, One Mall does it all.
Cheers 🙂

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago

Can I please have Chanel, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Saks and a large Emporio Armani.

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