Qatar may be the smallest country in the Middle East, but the country has undoubtedly mastered the art of opulence. The magnificent architecture of the buildings in the capital is proof enough. This is why if you ever find yourself in Qatar, one of the activities you should include in your itinerary is a trip to the mall – particularly, the largest mall in the country.
Shopping is always a fantastic idea. However, if you visit the Doha Festival City Mall, you will find that retail therapy is not all it offers guests for an amazing time. Here are eight other things that you should definitely do when you hit this grand shopping destination.
1. Watch a movie
What’s so great about watching a movie here? Well, the Doha Festival City Mall boasts 4D cinemas, which used to be exclusive features in amusement parks. Here, you will get an incredible movie experience that would make you feel like you’re a character in the film.
It’s pretty exciting because all the well-timed special effects intended for the audience never fail to generate more intense emotions.
They have luxury cinemas worth checking out, too. These have the most comfortable interior, HD screens, and surround sound audio to ensure the most enjoyable movie-watching experience.
2. Visit the only IKEA store in the land
IKEA is practically every new homeowner’s dream destination, and for a lot of families, a trip to this Swedish home furnishing store is a special outing.
If you do not end up marveling at the incredible selection of products that you can buy for your home, you will most likely delight in how most areas of the store are staged to look like the ideal apartment. Also, if finding great deals is an adventure for you, IKEA makes that fun for being a maze of fantastic affordable products.
So, if you are one of those people who is always looking for smart home buys to improve the look and function of their abodes, you will not regret dedicating hours (one hour is actually not enough) at IKEA at the Doha Festival City Mall.
3. Dine in style
The Doha Festival City Mall is home to some of the swankiest restaurants in the capital. Launch into your day with brunch and sample cuisines from across the globe, relish the first-class service and feel like a total VIP.
Besides the many fine dining destinations in the mall, you should also try the sweet confections available at the different bakeries and cafes. All the cakes and pastries will undoubtedly boost your energy for the fun that awaits you there.
4. Catch a show
Various shows are typical attractions of the mall as well.
To know what’s on every day, visit the website to see what time and types of shows are scheduled on the day you visit. Quite often, there are musical performances, magic shows, and even press meets or album promotions with celebrities. Exhibitions are weekend events as well. Therefore, if you are looking to be amused, you can insert a show or two into your malling day.
5. Hit the snow
Like most of the Middle East, Qatar is mostly desert land where days can be unbearably hot. But, in a wealthy country like Qatar, it’s easy to create an alternative environment. So, if you are looking to experience snow in Doha, its largest mall is the place to go.
Snow Dunes is one of the top attractions of the country’s largest mall, and here you can have all kinds of fun below zero. Ride down the slope on a raft, toboggan, or tube. You can also build a snowman and make new friends.
When you’re ready to take a break from the cold, there are snack stations nearby. You can order coffee or hot cocoa to warm you up as if it’s the middle of winter.
6. Engage in outdoor activities
The Outdoor Leisure Trail is a fantastic destination for all kinds of outdoor activities. Here, you can ride a bike, scooter, run, relax at a garden, climb a wall, and so much more. Thus, if you are not keen on busting your budget shopping for all kinds of things, just head to the Outdoor Leisure Trail, which goes around the mall.
This summer, be sure to bike through the Mist Tunnel. It’s the most refreshing part of the trail along with the Water Causeway, where you can cool yourself down from the ocean breeze.
7. Head to Angry Birds World for some squeals and thrills
If you want to stay away from typical mall activities, head to the Angry Birds World, which is the mall’s official amusement park. There are numerous attractions to choose from, especially if you’re an adrenaline junkie.
This indoor-outdoor section of the mall is open from Wednesday to Saturday. So, if you find yourself here on such days, don’t miss out on the chance to try thrilling rides and games.
8. Compete in digital games
VIRTUOCiTY is the region’s dedicated virtual gaming hub. This attracts young people and serious gamers. At times, it’s even the venue for international gaming competitions. Therefore, if you’re a big fan of digital games and a day of joy and happiness for you includes a few hours of World of Warships, Mobile Legends, or even Fortnite, come to VIRTUOCiTY.
Aside from the games, you can also make a lot of new friends here because there are hangout sections in the area where gamers convene to talk to each other.
Plus, there are gaming products sold here as well, and if there’s no vacant gaming booth for you, there are escape rooms to try. Even if you didn’t come with a group, you would likely find other people looking and willing to try the game with you.
There are still so many other things to do here when you come to visit.
A day is not enough to experience all that Qatar’s largest mall has to offer. If you’re coming alone, maybe next time, you can bring family and friends with you because great experiences are best when they are shared.
Hisham Elzubeir is the Marketing Manager at Doha Festival City, the largest entertainment, fashion, dining and shopping destination in Qatar. The mall has more than 400 international and local brands, including some of the most anticipated names, many of which made their Qatar debut, such as Harvey Nichols, Charlotte Tilbury, Kiehl’s, Dior Beauty Boutique, ACE and IKEA. Hisham brings over 15 years of international expertise to the communications team at Doha Festival City.