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Hyatt Paza

The Hyatt Plaza, Doha

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Location

A giant trolley marks the entrance to the Hyatt Plaza.This is one place you really can't miss. Just go past the huge Khalifa stadium, and the Villagio development, and you will see a giant shopping trolley outside the complex - just to make sure you don't get the wrong idea.

Summary

This shopping centre is being eclipsed by the larger (and half complete) Villagio being built next door, although there seem to be enough shoppers in Doha to go around all the malls. Never-the-less, Hyatt Plaza is a pleasant enough place to shop, with some classy shops and a light airy feel to it when you stroll in.

With a massive new mall coming up next door, they are trying hard too - I noticed new shops and attractions on my last trip and they even have a magazine: Hyatt Plaza Style.

Parking

There is parking for a 1000 cars. However, while you might see the odd taxi, if you are car-less you are probably better sticking with City Centre Mall.

Shops

There are the shops that appear everywhere in Doha such as the Body Shop, but there are also some that you won't find in every other shopping mall. The Japanese Daiso is the nearest thing Qatar has to a pound shop, and what most of my friends seem to find most interesting.

This is a shop with tonnes and tonnes of cheap stuff, and everything unmarked (and most of it is unmarked) costs 6 riyals. Some of it is junk, of course, but there's also some more interesting things such as traditional Japanese toys. This shop is located opposite Mr Price and above a large Homes R Us – which is where you'll get any furniture you want.

Hyatt Plaza also a big focus on clothes, make-up and jewellery: there are many small stalls in the middle of the complex selling jewellery and there's a large Paris Gallery selling perfume and make-up. Still sadly lacking is a book store – you will have to nip next door for that.

Anchor Store

The supermarket here is Giant Stores. We've seen one or two scrubby looking Giant stores in town but this place is way above that league. It has a wide range of goods including computers and other electronics, the food counters are excellent and there is a cafe to relax in the middle.

Food

There is the normal food court where you can have your fill of American and Arabic junk food. There is also an Italian restaurant, Il Foro Romana, which is set in the middle of the hall surrounded by mock broken columns, several cafes including, of course, the inescapable Starbucks. (Are they on the moon yet?).

Kids

Time your exit right and you'll be greeted with a sunset like this.This is quite a good place for kids. In addition to Mothercare, there is a toy store, an Early Learning Centre, a Cute Cuts hairdresser. Best of all is Hyatt Plaza's "Jungle Zone", which is a miniature theme park with lots of rides.

You can also rent out rooms for kids' parties, with Hyatt Plaza providing all the food and entertainment – for a package starting at QR800 you get an MC, juggler, face painting and magic show. In addition, on our most recent visit Hyatt Plaza had added inflatable slides, a bouncy castle and other amusements to an area of the parking lot outside.


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