City Centre Mall
Read A Review of City Centre Shopping Mall
Not in the city centre, surprisingly, this strangely named mall is situated in walking distance of the Sheraton Hotel in the posh Al Dafna area.
Makes me shudder to even think about it! Seriously, at busy times you are probably best either going to Villagio or taking a taxi.
Doha's largest mall, City Centre, may not be the classiest of Doha's shopping centres, but until Villagio opened it was 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 it even has a go-kart racing track!
Essentially this is a mall with everything, and you can do your banking at one of its banks, pay your telephone bills at Q-tel, check your email at an internet cafe, have lunch in a restaurant and then go ice-skating without leaving the building. When I first wrote this review, I complained that the only thing it was missing was a bookstore which it now has. I-spy's range of books does not match Virgin's, but some thought has gone into it and the shop is well-laid out - it even has bean bags for children to lie on while they browse. (Having a bookshop at all is a bonus in Qatar!)
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.
Telephone: +974 4839990