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Bollywood Stars Shine Bright at 'Shop Qatar 2018'

Festival’s Bollywood-themed week comes as part of Qatar’s efforts to attract visitors from the Indian Subcontinent

Jan 23, 2018   15:20 IST 
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Superstars Kareena Kapoor and Sonu Nigam were in Doha, Qatar last week to be part of the Shop Qatar 2018 Bollywood Week. Their appearance at the annual shopping festival, organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), comes as part of the country’s efforts to attract more visitors from the Indian Subcontinent.


Kareena Kapoor at Shop Qatar 2018 Bollywood Week


Indian visitors are among those now eligible for a visa waiver that is valid for 30 days from the date of issue, entitling them to spend up to 30 days in Qatar with the possibility of applying for an extension of the waiver for an additional 30 days (multiple-entry waiver). To further promote Qatar as a welcoming, authentic and easily accessible destination for Indian nationals, QTA plans to open a representative office in India.



Rashed AlQureseChief Marketing & Promotion Officer - QTA

Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA, commented, “Shop Qatar 2018’s differently themed weeks echo the country’s message of welcoming the world and leverage the country’s new status as the most open country in the region. We were very pleased to see the Bollywood Week so warmly received by both Qatar’s residents and visitors and look forward to further promoting the country as a welcoming destination in India.” He added, “As we turn the pages of the next Chapter of the National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030, we are strongly focused on diversifying our visitor source markets in Asia and the Indian market is one we are particularly keen to tap into with the opening of our representative office planned later this quarter.”


In a colourful celebration of the Indian subcontinent’s vibrant culture and arts, the second week of the festival (January 14 - 21), saw a unique line-up of activities at malls and special venues across Qatar. The week featured a Bollywood Fashion Show with a dazzling display of Saris and Lehenga-inspired dresses. The showcase of over 100 looks featured outfits by six celebrity designers including Vikram Phlankis and Archana Kochhar. The evening’s show was crowned woth a guest appearance by Kareena Kapoor. Later in the week, the multi-talented singing sensation Sonu Nigam serenaded his fans in a four-hour performance at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. In addition, malls participating in Shop Qatar also hosted a variety of Bollywood-themed pop-up shops inviting mall-goers to create and personalise their own embroidered khussa slippers, bangles and much more.


The second edition of the country’s biggest shopping festival, Shop Qatar runs from 7 January to 7 February 2018 under the slogan ‘A Brand New Tradition’. It offers discounts on popular brands, car and cash prizes worth over QAR 4 million ($1.1 million USD), and a colourful schedule of fashion-forward and entertainment events. The Festival invites visitors to discover the full range of shopping destinations the country has to offer, from luxury malls and high-end shopping complexes to entertainment-rich shopping centres, as well as authentic souqs and bazaars. Retail outlets around Qatar are providing special offers and discounts of up to 50% on a range of consumer goods including clothes, electronics, cosmetics and accessories for men, women and children.


Flash Quotes

A lot of my fans are in Qatar, I know that. I would like to thank Shop Qatar 2018 this opportunity for being here. This is my second time in Doha and I can definitely can say it’s not my last.” – Kareena Kapoor


One day I would like to come as a visitor, without work, and just spend some days and enjoy the original Qatar experience. I am sure there is so much to see.” – Sonu Nigam


To me, Doha has always been was a stopover destination when I am travelling to different parts of the world. Now that I am on the ground, it’s just stunning: the hospitality and people are so beautiful, I just love being here! I think getting a platform to do a closing show here was just the most outstanding experience. I would love to come back again as it is as close as home; it’s not far away and it is beautiful destination.” - Vikram Phadnis


About Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA)

Qatar Tourism Authority’s mission is to firmly establish Qatar on the global map as a place where cultural authenticity meets modernity, and where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment.


In 2014, QTA launched the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. In 2017, the Next Chapter of QNTSS was launched, charting the next five years (2017-2023) of the tourism sector’s growth.


Since launching QNTSS, Qatar has welcomed over 10 million visitors. The economic impact of the tourism sector in Qatar is becoming increasingly visible with 2016 estimates showing a total (direct and indirect) contribution to Qatar’s GDP of 6.7%.



About Shop Qatar

Shop Qatar is a month-long festival that celebrates the country’s diverse retail offerings. Held during the winter, the Festival invites residents and visitors to enjoy special experiences at malls, bazaars and in scenic outdoor spaces.


The Festival forms a part of QTA’s strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism offering, particularly in the area of family and urban entertainment. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners in both the public and private sectors, residents and visitors can benefit from special travel, accommodation and retail offers throughout the country.


The first edition of Shop Qatar, held in 2017, contributed an estimated 1.06 billion QAR to the local economy.


Kareena Kapoor at Shop Qatar 2018 Bollywood Week
Kareena Kapoor at Shop Qatar 2018 Bollywood Week
Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing & Promotion Officer - QTA
Rashed AlQurese, Chief Marketing & Promotion Officer - QTA
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