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Katara Plaza: Qatar’s latest retail mega project welcomes Galleries Lafayette


Opening in September 2016 Katara Plaza will be Qatar’s first ever open-air air-conditioned commercial plaza.

Nestled in the heart of the Cultural Village, Katara Plaza is boasting a unique style blending traditional Qatari architecture with influences from around the world.

Spanning across 38,000 square-meters this mall will be home to the first Galleries Lafayette in Qatar.

“The Ali Bin Ali Group recognizes the tremendous potential for growth available in the Qatari market, supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 and promotes the country’s status as a true trendsetter in the Gulf region,” says Nabeel Ali Bin Ali, Vice Chairman & EVP of the Ali Bin Ali Group.

Galleries Lafayette, founded in 1894, now has six outlets abroad, including one in Dubai. Its new store will house many ready-to-wear collections, accessories, but also lines of cosmetics products, makeup and perfume. Some large luxury brands already booked their spaces to install their shop in the department store.

While the top floor of the store will host the shoes and lingerie, three restaurants will be opened in the building.

The place should be imbued with the identity of the Galleries Lafayette. The interior designer in charge of its management, Bruno Moinard, included features related to the brand identity like moldings or the iconic Galleries Lafayette dome present in the brand’s outlet around the world.

Forty renowned brands, such as Graff or Evian Spa, should set up shop in the new commercial centre of Doha.

For Galeries Lafayette, this new involvement is synonymous with greater international visibility.

“We expect that “Katara Plaza” would unlock a unique world class shopping experience offering the Qatari market many first of its kind experiences that can be valued and enjoyed as never before,” adds Ali Bin Ali.

The centre Katara Plaza aims to host many international tourists and should also be visited by the residents of the Qatari capital which includes 80 per cent of foreigners.

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