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Monday, November 27, 2006

The City Centre Mall

City Centre

Location: Not in the city centre, surprisingly, this strangely named mall is situated in walking distance of the Sheraton Hotel in West Bay.

Description: Doha’s largest mall, City Centre, may not be the classiest of Doha’s shopping centres, but it is my favourite. You can certainly find your expensive jewellery, brand-named clothes, exquisite perfumes and deliciously fragrant bath oils, but at the same time there’s things for people on the tightest of budgets. There’s a range of electronic gadgets to keep the husbands amused while you get down to business, and a fantastic (and large!) amusement area for children with bouncy castles, computer games and even a go-kart racing track!

Essentially this a mall with everything, and you can do your banking at one of its banks, pay your telephone bills at q-tel, have lunch in a restaurant and then go ice-skating without leaving the building. The only thing its really lacking is a decent bookshop – but then, that’s the same for every mall in Qatar (although this could be changing soon - see this post on books).

Carrefour, the supermarket here, always has some sort of sale on, and I’ve spent many a happy afternoon browsing through baskets full of clothes while my husband trails miserably behind me. (You do have to watch the quality of some things here, though, and I have seen several counterfeit products). There are many, many shops here, and it will take several trips before you really know your way around.

Features:

- ice-rink
- food court
- multi-screen cinema
- ten-pin bowling
- waterfall
- exhibition hall
- huge range of brand name shops including BHS, the Early Learning Centre, Debenhams
- tonnes of restaurants, fast food outlets and cafes
- large car park (still not enough on Fridays) and probably the best taxi rank in Qatar

Telephone: +974 439 3355

Also see:

Landmark Mall


The New Old Souk

The Gold Souk

Pearl diving

Qatar Visitor Bookstore

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