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WHERE TO SHOP MAP OF SOUQ WAQIF FEATURES: NO MORE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS! SHOP LOCAL

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Telephone numbers and location details for some of the most popular retail outlets

Shopping in Qatar • Malls • Mall Listings including Department Stores and Shops • Al Furjan Markets • The Central Markets • Barwa Village • The Pearl Island • Souqs • Gold Souq

Map of Souq Area Finding your way around the souqs has never been easier

Shopping

Where to Shop

Feature – No More Single-Use Plastic Bags!

The Ministry of Municipality has approved a draft decision controlling the use of plastic bags in the country.

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Canada

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Affordable and Budget Al Rawnaq* (Bin Omran) C3 Ansar Gallery* (Barwa Village) E5 Daiso* (Doha Festival City) B2 Dollar Plus (City Center-Doha) C4 Dragon Mart (Industrial Area) F3 HEMA* Mall of Qatar C1 Ramez Shopping Complex* (Salwa Rd) D3 Saving Square (Tawar Mall)* C3

4488 4448 4469 7478 4006 4036 4443 4442

5808 6000 6883 5161 1188 6000 1373 9100

Audio Visual/Computers/Electronics Almana & Partners (Old Rayyan) C3 Almuftah Group (Al Sadd) D3 Domasco (Asian Town, Industrial Area) F3 Darwish Trading (Old Airport) D4 Emax* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 Mannai Trading Co (Salwa Rd) D3 Salam Stores* (The Gate Mall) C4 Starlink* (Call Centre)

4431 4444 4435 4456 4428 4455 4448 4428

1072 6867 8168 6426 9245 8888 5639 3888

Bookshops, Stationery and Art Supplies Borders* (Doha Festival City) B2 Colour Note Company* (Al Nasr St) D3 FNAC* (Lagoona Mall) Gulf Greetings (Hallmark)* (City Center-Doha) C4 Ibn Al Qayyim Bookstore* (Al Markhiya) Jarir Bookstore* (Call Centre) Naaz Store (Old Airport) D4 Sensory Souk* (Royal Plaza) D3 Virgin Megastore* (Villaggio Mall)

4471 3942 4441 8548 4433 5599 4483 4486 4444 4432 4411 4495

8117 3533 0212 4235 0147 9060

Cakes and Sweets Batteel Bakery & Café* (Salwa Rd) D3 4444 1414 Edible Arrangements* (Al Gharrafa) B2 4491 1112

Caramel Sweet Arts (Al Waab) D3 FAUCHON* (Salwa Rd) D3 Magnolia Bakery* (Dar Al Salam Mall) E3 Opera Café* (The Mall) D4 Sugar and Spice* (Aspire Park) D2

3382 4432 4450 4467 4038

7259 4888 9407 8884 9668

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*Indicates multiple locations. Map references in green.

Chocolates, Sweets and Flowers Chopin (Qmall)* C3 Dulce Chocolate* (Muraikh) D2 Gardenia* (Al Nasr St) D3 Interflora (C Ring Rd) D4 Larissa Chocolates & Flowers* (Al Sadd) D3 Luxury Flowers & Chocolates* (Duhail) B3 Patchi* (Salwa Rd) D3 Patisserie Suisse* (Al Nasr St) D3

4483 4443 4444 4432

Plaza Hollandi* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Tasmeem Flowers & Chocolates* (Al Rayyan) D2

4450 7262

4747 3080 0789 2717

4444 1824 4444 5432 4469 3350 4432 1213

4417 9993

Furnishing Articles (Royal Plaza) D3 City Lifestyle* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 CREU Concept (Al Sadd) D3 Home Centre* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 Homes R Us* (Hyatt Plaza) D2 IKEA (Doha Festival City) B2 Pottery Barn* (Mall of Qatar) C1 Simex Group (D Ring Rd) D4 Spazio Interni (Salwa Rd) D3

4413 1188 4428 9256 3322 7776 4413 1940 4469 8999 800 4532 4452 9529 4441 4447 4468 2618

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Party Decorations and Costumes

Freesia Gifts (Royal Plaza) D3 7000 0480 Gulf Crafts (Salwa Rd) D3 4468 7373 Gulf Greetings (Hallmark)* (The Mall) D4 4467 8383

Where to Shop

Jewellery and Watches

Key Cutting/Shoe and Watch Repair 4017 2845

Kitchenware Articles (Royal Plaza) D3 Lakeland* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Table Arts* (Mall of Qatar) C1 Tavola* (City Center-Doha) C4 Villeroy & Boch* (Salwa Rd) D3

4413 4417 4411 4493 4436

1188 5385 6338 0102 3561

Musical Equipment 51 East* (Call Centre) 4436 1111 Badie Studio & Stores (Al Souq Area) D4 4442 3554 Virgin Megastore* (Villaggio Mall) D2 4495 9060

Opticians

4442 7152 4412 4380

Bradran Persian Carpets (The Mall) D4 4467 Oriental Carpets (Bin Mahmoud) D4 4447 Reshi (Landmark Mall) C3 4486 Shahrzad Iranian Carpets (Gold Souq) D4 4442

8886 9794 4795 3210

Paint Shops

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Pet Shops Pets & More (City Center-Doha) C4 5569 4222 For more information on pets and vets, see Pets in Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section.

Photographic Studios/Photographers Benny Antoun (also tunes pianos) Boom Art Studio (Al Markhiya) C3 Gulf Colours* (Najma) D4 Picture World Digital Studio & Stores* (Salwa Rd) D3

5551 4501 4411 1070 4431 1181 4469 4710

Sports Equipment Decathlon* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Doha Golf Club B3 Foot Locker* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Go Sport* (City Center-Doha) C4 Sports Corner* (Call Centre)

4495 4496 4413 4463 4036

9080 0750 5315 1644 2211

Tailoring, Textiles and Haberdashery Al Misk Tailors (Al Ghanim) D4 4432 Century Textiles & Tailors (Al Khaleej St) D4 4442 Lexus* (Gents/Al Sadd) D3 4432 Sara's Secrets (Ladies/Al Sadd) D3 4432 Singer (New Salata) D4 4443

1141 1283 2761 1030 5731

Toys and Children's Items 4436 3461

Oriental Crafts and Carpets

Hempel Paints* (Industrial Area) F3 Jotun Paints* (Call Centre)

Boots* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Kulud Pharmacy* (Al Markhiya) C3

4455 9000 4441 2728

Babyshop* (Gulf Mall) C3 Early Learning Centre* (Hyatt Plaza) D2 Kiddy Zone* (Landmark Mall) C3 Sensory Souk (Royal Plaza) D3 Toys 'R' Us* (Al Sadd) D3

4430 4469 4421 4411 4443

8305 7964 7215 0147 5904

Water Storage Tanks Qatar Rotomould (Industrial Area) F2

4460 2315

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Al Dar Optics* (Al Nasr St) D3 Al Jabor Vision Technology (C Ring Rd) D4 Yateem Optician* (Lagoona Mall) B4

4413 1155 4435 3501 4441 8810

Personal Care/Pharmacies

Ali Bin Ali Watches & Jewelry* (Mall of Qatar) C1 4444 0228 Al Jaber Watches* (The Mall) D4 4467 8484 Al Muftah Jewellery* (Al Sadd) D3 4444 1313 Al Sulaiman Jewellery & Watches* (Gold Souq) D4 4437 6677 Awal Jewellery (Gold Souq) D4 4443 4551 Damas* (Al Mana Center, Al Sadd) D3 4442 5428 Domasco* (City Center-Doha) C4 4483 9327 Marhaba Jewellery (Gold Souq) D4 4431 8055 Pearl Gallery* (Wathnan Mall) D2 4480 0124 Tribal Gems (Gold Souq) D4 5539 7578

Mr Quality* (City Center-Doha) C4

Events (Royal Plaza) D3 Party Kingdom (Bin Mahmoud) D4 Party Mania (The Centre) D4

4021 7777 800 3835

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Going to shopping malls, souqs or other shopping destinations is the most popular pastime in Qatar. People enjoy going to shopping destinations to shop, eat, watch movies or just walk. No VAT or Sales Tax in Qatar ensures prices are competitive with other shopping destinations. However, the General Tax Authority (GTA) implemented the Excise Tax Law (No 25 of 2018) on 1 January 2019 on 'health-damaging' goods, with a 100% tax on tobacco and alcohol products, energy drinks and special purpose goods, and a 50% tax on carbonated drinks.

Malls Qatar continuously witnesses the opening of new malls. Early this year, Qatar saw the opening of the massive and luxurious Place Vendôme. In 2021, Msheireb Galleria opened in Msheireb Downtown Doha. The first shopping and entertainment mall to open in Qatar was The Mall, which opened in 1997. Prior to The Mall, residents shopped at The Centre since the 1970s. Malls vary in size, but all provide an opportunity for shopping, entertainment and dining. Many banks in the malls are open outside normal banking hours. Shopping festivals occur throughout the year offering great discounts, special offers and prizes.

Hypermarkets/Supermarkets There are many local and international hypermarkets and supermarkets in Qatar both in and outside malls. Popular international hypermarkets include Carrefour carrefourqatar.com, Family Food Centre (FFC) family.com.qa, Lulu Hypermarket and Lulu Express qatar.luluhypermarket.com, Mega Mart, Monoprix monoprix.qa, and Spar Hypermarket spar-qa.com. Other hypermarkets and supermarkets include Safari Hypermarket safarihypermarket.com, Shoprite, Marza Hypermarke marzahypermarket.com, and Saudia Hypermarket saudiagroup.com. Al Meera Consumer Goods Co is one of Qatar’s leading retailers with the largest network of branches, consisting of at least 50 stores, almeera.com.qa Retailers link up with partners to give shoppers the opportunity to earn points and rewards: • Air Miles shopping rewards scheme. airmilesme.com • Aura Rewards, formerly known as Alshaya Card, is a loyalty programme where you can earn and redeem points when you shop or dine at brands operated by Alshaya Group. alshaya.com • Blue is a loyalty programme by Al Futtaim Retail Group that lets you shop at their group brands

across the GCC and Egypt while earning rewards every time. mybluerewards.com • Family Club is a loyalty card by FFC, which allows its cardholder to earn points and redeem them at all FFC outlets. familyclub.qa • Festival Rewards is a customer loyalty mobile app by Doha Festival City, which gives you access to exclusive offers, special sale events, freebies and discounts. The free app can be downloaded on all iOS and Android devices. dohafestivalcity.com

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Note: A 2015 government directive mandates all shops are required to close for 90 minutes for prayer around midday on Friday. Usually from 11:30 am – 1 pm.

• Lulu app makes you a LuLu Loyalty member where you can earn points and redeem them at all Lulu outlets. luluhypermarket.com • Meera Rewards is Al Meera's loyalty programme and mobile application. almeera.com.qa • MyClub app from Carrefour Qatar. Valet Trolley service provides free home-delivery to MyClub cardholders for purchases of QAR250+ when shopping in-store. carrefourqatar.com • Nojoom from Ooredoo. ooredoo.qa • Shukran loyalty programme from Landmark Retail Ltd which includes Centrepoint. shukranrewards.com Banks have also teamed up with retailers to make similar offers. Doha Bank and LuLu Hypermarket entice customers with the LuLu-Doha Bank shopping credit card providing customers with 5% savings on purchases at their stores throughout Qatar. QNB LIFE Rewards loyalty programme offers its debit and credit customers rewards at three levels of membership, dependent upon salary. QIC Advantage Club and QGrabs offer a different shopping concept – members can take advantage of great deals when shopping, dining, or using health and beauty facilities: qicadvantageclub.com and qgrabs.com. The Entertainer and Urban Point are money-saving 2-for-1 and discount app with thousands of offers that renew every month: theentertainerme.com and urbanpoint.com ©

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Al Sulaiman Jewellery & Watches, Mega Mart Startech Middle East, I AM, Maison de ✘ ✘ ✘ Sushi, Kababs & Kurries 8 am – 10:45 pm

Daily 8 am – 11 pm

A3 Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight

Fri closed 11 am – 12:30 pm

03 Mall 4029 3974

D4 Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight

21 High Street 4447 3404 21highst.net

B4

Fri closed 11 am – noon

Startech Middle East, Al Abed Roastery, Care n Cure Pharmacy, Saloon Sea Palace

FFC

7:30 am – midnight Spar

Caribou Coffee, Wellcare Pharmacy

7:30 am – midnight

Sun – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Galeries Lafayette – Katara Plaza, 100% Capri, Alberta Ferretti, Ermanno Thu – Sat 10 am – 1 am Scervino, Philipp Plein

Abu Sidra Mall E2 Daily 8 am – midnight 5511 4425/4496 9888 Fri closed 11 am – noon abusidramall.com

Lulu Department Store, Cell Planet Phones, Le Cheval Jewelry, Al Tulu Flora

Al Hazm 4411 1444 alhazm.com

Daily 9 am – midnight

Al Jazeera Perfumes, Hadarah ✘ Perfumes, IL Bernardo, Little Ones, Scentsation, Sole Avenue, Style de Vie

Daily 8 am – midnight Fri closed 11 am – noon

City Lifestyle, Daiso, Payless, Mothercare, Splash, Claire's, Nayomi, Giordano, Bath & Body Works

Daily 10 am – 11 pm

Spar 300 Bowling Centre, Al Aker Sweets, Eli ✔ ✔ ✔ France Café, Kidsland, Java U, Outlet 63, Saving Square, The Chemist Cafe 8 am – midnight

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 1 pm – 11 pm

Al Meera Centrepoint (babyshop, City Lifestyle, ✘ ✘ ✘ Shoemart, Splash), Emax, Homecentre 8 am – midnight

C3

Al Khor Mall 4453 3445 alkhormall.com B. Square Mall

E4

4041 0000 bsquaremall.com

Al Asmakh Mall (Centrepoint) 4428 9141

D3

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LuLu

8 am – midnight

LuLu

8 am – midnight

Abu Sidra Mall

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BANK

ATM

EXCHANGE

TRAVEL AGENT

OOREDOO

VODAFONE

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

LAUNDRY

IN BRIEF

RESTAURANTS

UTILITIES

FOOD AREA

MONEY & TRAVEL

✔ ✔

A neighbourhood mall in Ain Khaled.

GYM

ICE RINK

AMUSEMENTS

CINEMA

PLAY ZONE

FOOD

Novo Cinemas

A neighbourhood mall in Al Daayen.

A two-storey mall with skylight roof in New Salata.

A high-end luxury openair shopping mall in Katara Cultural Village.

Farah Play Area

Farah Play Area

✘ ✘ ✘ Kids Area

DHL Desk ✘ ✘ ✘

✘ ✘ ✘ Concierge

Over 60 stores open over two levels.

Two levels of family entertainment with 300 parking spaces.

Two levels with underground parking.

FunVille

Cineco Three Velocity

Roxy Cinema Fun City

Al Hazm

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BOWLING ALLEY

ENTERTAINMENT

RKETS

A three-level mall in Al Rayyan with over 200 retail and F&B outlets. Exclusive luxury brands in a fashionable setting.

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City Center 4493 3355 citycenterdoha.com

C4 Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm

Dar Al Salam Mall 4016 3573 facebook.com

E3 Sat -- Thu 10 am – 10 pm

Doha Festival City 4035 4444 dohafestivalcity.com

B2 Sun – Wed 10 am – 10 pm

Doha Souq 4041 0000 dohasouq.qa

D3

Ezdan Mall 4433 4141 ezdanmall.qa

C3

Ezdan Mall, Al Wakra

F5

Centrepoint, Bath & Body Works, MaxFashion, Merch, Mothercare, Nayomi, Payless, The Body Shop, Zohoor Al Reef

Thu – Sat 10 am – 11 pm

Kipling, Naturalizer, Victoria's Secret, Ted Baker, Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols Doha, Debenhams, H&M, Zara

Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight Fri closed 11 am – 12:30 pm

Jumbo Electronics, Saving Square, Sports For Less, Lez Watches, Madam Prestige, Wooden Bakery, Jollibee

Daily 7:30 am – midnight

Aldo, Anotah, Aéropostale, New Yorker, Riva, Neal's Yard Remedies, The Toy Store, Athlete's Co., Bath & Body Works

H&M, LC Waikiki, R&B, Voile, Bath & Body Works, Footlocker, Vision Express, Tim Hortons, American Eagle Outfitters

Adidas, Antique Corner, Babyshop, Bath & Body Works, Matalan, Morgan, R&B, Sephora, Splash, Victoria's Secret

HomesRUs, Rasasi, Aldo, Charles & Keith, Daiso, LC Waikiki, Highland, Pari Gallery, Laura Ashley, Nayomi, Triumph

Fri 2 pm -- 11 pm

Daily 7:30 am – midnight

ezdanmall.qa/al-wakra Gulf Mall 4031 0600 gulfmalldoha.com

C3

Hyatt Plaza 4499 9666 hyattplaza.com

D2 Sat – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

Sun – Thu 9 am – 10 pm Fri and Sat 9 am – 11 pm

Thu 9 am – 11 pm Fri 2 pm – 11 pm

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Carrefour

Accessorize, Aldo, Debenhams, Homecentre, Inglot, MaxFashion, Nayomi, Pets & More, Promod, Splash

Thu 10 am – midnight Fri 1 pm -- midnight Paid parking

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8 am – 10 pm

Carrefour

8 am – midnight

Monoprix

10 am – 11 pm

Family Mart

7:30 am – midnight

Carrefour

7:30 am – midnight

Carrefour

7:30 am – midnight

Al Meera

7 am – midnight Al Meera

8 am – midnight

Doha Festival City

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Qatar Bahrain Cinema

Thunderdome ✘ ✘ ✘

IN BRIEF LAUNDRY

DHL Desk ✔ ✔ ✔

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

VODAFONE

OOREDOO

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EXCHANGE

BANK

ATM

RESTAURANT

Fun City

UTILITIES

✔ ✔ ✘ ✘ Key Cutting

Neighbourhood mall over two floors.

Kiddyzone

Over 500 outlets, ranging from day-to-day shopping to high-end fashion.

Seven entertainment areas

Over 200 shops on four floors.

VOX Cinema

Opening soon ✘ ✘ ✘

✘ ✔

Four-storey neighbourhood mall in Al Mirqab Al Jadeed St.

FunVille ✘ ✘ ✘

✔ ✔

Three levels with over 170 stores.

The first and only mall in Al Wakra; two floors with parking for more than 1,500 cars.

Three levels with shaded parking.

Mostly one level with over 100 outlets and kiosks.

FunVille, KiddyZone

Go Fun

✔ Cineco

Jungle Zone

Ezdan Mall

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FOOD AREA

BOWLING ALLEY

MONEY & TRAVEL

GYM

AMUSEMENTS

FOOD

ICE RINK

PLAY ZONE

CINEMA

ENTERTAINMENT

RKETS

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J-Mall B3 Daily 24/7 4488 4888/3307 4854 jmallqatar.com Lagoona Mall (Zig Zag Towers) 4433 5555 lagoonamall.com

Daiso, Al Fazal Perfumes & Cosmetics, High End Furniture, Edumart, Lavender, The Nails Room

B4 Thu -- Sun 10 am – 10 pm 51 East, Table Arts, Rituals, Armani Exchange, Bang & Olufsen, Bridal Lounge, Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

Fri 2 pm – 11 pm

Landmark Mall 4487 5222 landmarkdoha.com

C3 Sat – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

Mall of Qatar 4034 6000 mallofqatar.com.qa

C1

Mirqab Mall 4036 2777

D3 Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm

D4

Palms Mall 4435 0294 palmsmall-qa.com

C3

Aljazeera Perfumes, Armani Exchange, Bershka, Daiso, Damas Jewellery, BHS, Mango, illy, Lush

Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu 10 am – 11 pm Fri 10 am – 11:30 am/ 1 pm – 11 pm

Alhosh Gallery, Fallini, Kaltham's Jewelry, Spaceship, Project Two

Sat – Thu 9 am – noon Fri 1 pm – midnight

Gorgeous Couture, Zohoor Al Reef, Technical Care Center, Al Jazeera Perfumes, Jumbo, Sports Corner

Carrefour

9 am – midnight Carrefour

8 am – midnight Monoprix

9 am – midnight Carrefour

8 am – midnight Monoprix

Q Mall 4033 9994 qmallqa.com

Ahgar, Al Ameer Al Oud, Al Asjad, Al Rawnaq, Al Qasr Jewelers, Panache London, Vintage Boutique

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8 am – midnight

Bath & Body Works, Bershka, Aldo, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Dune, Daiso

Lagoona Mall

Carrefour

Daily 9 am – 10 pm Fri 11 am – 11 pm

8 am – 10 pm

Place Vendôme A4 Sat – Thu 10 am – 1 am 4144 0000/5002 2260 Friday 1 pm – 1 am placevendomeqatar.com C3

Carrefour

Adidas, Aldo, Call It Spring, Victoria's Secret, Pottery Barn, Bath & Body Works, Bulgari, Calvin Klein

Sat – Wed 10 am – 11 pm Thu & Fri 10 am – midnight

✔ 24/7

Thu & Sat 10 am – 11 pm Fri 10 am – 11:30 am/ 1 pm – 11 pm

Msheireb Galleria 4008 4777 msheirebgalleria.com

Marza

BHS, Boots, Bershka, Borders, H&M, Holika Holika, Lush, Marks & Spencer, Mac, Migato, Sephora, Zara

Thu 9 am – 11 pm Fri 1:30 pm – 11 pm

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9 am – 10 pm Mega Mart

9 am – 10 pm

Mall of Qatar

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GYM

FOOD AREA

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BANK

ATM

EXCHANGE

TRAVEL AGENT

OOREDOO

VODAFONE

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

LAUNDRY

IN BRIEF

CINEMA

UTILITIES

BOWLING ALLEY

MONEY & TRAVEL

AMUSEMENTS

FOOD

PLAY ZONE

RKETS

Boutique mall over three levels with over 140 outlets.

DHL Desk ✔ ✔ ✔

58,000 sq m single-storey mall.

300 Bowling Center

Flik Cinemas Circus Land

Cinema Land XtremeLand/KidzMondo

✔ ✔ ✔

Over 500,000 sq m of retail, dining and leisure activities.

A 26,000 sq m mall with 250 car parking spaces.

✘ ✔ ✔

Novo Cinemas Funderdome/Hangout/Jump

Flik Cinemas

✘ ✘ ✔

Situated in Msheireb Downtown Doha, with more than 30 pop-up stores.

✘ ✔

Neighbourhood mall in Muaither, Al Rayyan with more than 30 retail and F&B outllets.

✘ ✔

A 1 mn sq m development of retail, leisure, entertainment and luxury in Lusail City.

✘ ✔

Two levels of local shops and restaurants.

Mirqab Mall

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Neighbourhood shopping mall in Hazm Al Markhiya.

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Royal Plaza 4413 0000 royalplazadoha.com

D3 Sat – Thu 9 am – 10 pm

Tawar Mall 4437 9333 tawarmall.qa

C3

The Centre 4444 0202 thecenterqatar.com

D4

The Gate Mall 4407 7201 thegate-qatar.com

C4 Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm

The Mall 4467 8888 themalldoha.com

D4

Villaggio 4422 7400 villaggioqatar.com

D2 Sun – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

Wathnan Mall 4487 6691 wathnanmall.com

D2

Fri 3:30 pm – 10 pm

Aida, Al Muftah Jewellery, Al Rawnaq, Articles, Mont Blanc, Pari Gallery, Quatro, Sensory Souk, Sizy

Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu & Fri 10 am – midnight

Anotah, Caracole, Karisma, Merch, Momento, Riva, Saqr, Saving Square, Sports Corner, The Face Shop

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 4 pm -- 10 pm

Al Jaber Watches, Brands, GEM Centre, NBK Fashions, Party Mania, Redtag, Scholl, Sulaiman Jewellery

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Spar ✔ ✔ ✔ 8 am – midnight Mega Mart

Aldo, Al Motahajiba, Boots, Calvin Klein, Claire's, Highland, Mango, Milano, Mothercare, Next, La Senza, Lovisa

Thu & Sat 9 am – 11 pm Fri 9 am – 11 pm

Al Motahajiba, Bath & Body Works, Desigual, H&M, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Virgin Megastore, Zara

Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu – Fri 10 am – midnight

Al Jaber Watches, Al Rashdi, Al Suwlujan Jewelry, Gold Mine, Turkiana, Zarabi Department Store, Zohoor Al Reef

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 4 pm – 10 pm

Mega Mart

Al Baker Art Boutique, Botany Lab, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, JustKidding, Salam Stores

Fri 1:30 pm – 10 pm Paid parking

7 am – 11 pm

8 am – 10 pm Al Meera

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Most malls have ample parking and offer car wash and/or valet services at a reasonable price. Facilities at malls are subject to change. Call ahead.

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Other Places to Shop

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Furjan Markets

Al Sailiya Central Market

In addition to malls, there are plenty of other shopping destinations in Qatar including wholesale markets and traditional souqs.

Al Furjan Markets Al Furjan (neighbourhood) markets have house provision stores, bakeries, butcheries, pharmacies, ATM kiosks, laundries, barber shops, fruits and vegetables, and vending areas and eateries, among other facilities. Al Furjan Markets aim to have a store in each zone and can be found in areas such as Al Qutaifiya, Rawdat Al Hamama, Rawdat Aqdim, Al Thumama, Al Mearad, Umm Al Seneem, Al Ebb and Jarayan Nujaimah. The Al Furjan project aims to have 44 markets in designated areas with a total of 645 shops, covering 28 basic commercial activities, providing for the main needs of inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

Al Sailiya Central Market E1 Aswaq for Food Facilities Management, a subsidiary of Hassad Foods, relocated the previous Wholesale Market in Mesaimeer to the new Al Sailiya Central Market in January 2020. Covering over 78,000 sq m, the central market is the largest in Qatar. The market is divided into several connected and air-conditioned sections for fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and a slaughterhouse for camels, cows and sheep. The market has nine air-cooled storages. It includes a traditional market with 52 shops, in addition to the existing 102 shops in the retail market and the 50 shops in the wholesale market. Moreover, there are imported products at the auction hall, which spans over 8,000 sq m. Upon completion of the auction, the products are loaded either out of the market, or to the wholesale market or air-cooled storage. The Omani Souq E1 has relocated to Al Sailiya Central Market. Tangy, salty aromas of dried fish compete with the sweet smell of ripe dates. It QATAR SHOPPING E-GUIDE ©

offers a large variety of goods, including desert truffles, spices, nuts, perfumes, gardenware, plants, camel sticks and incense burners. 4407 1111, aswaq.com.qa/aswaq-sailiya

Al Wakra Central Market F5 Aswaq for Food Facilities Management opened Al Wakra Central Market in January 2020. Spread over an area of approximately 230,000 sq m, the facility includes a livestock central market with an automated slaughterhouse, cattle barns, shops, hypermarket, traditional and vegetable markets, shops and administrative buildings. The 14,000 sq m automated slaughterhouse has the capacity to handle 9,000 livestock a day. There are more than 600 livestock barns. The public can buy animals from the barns and transfer them to the slaughterhouse. The retail, wholesale and hypermarket sections are air-conditioned. The market includes 102 shops to support the market’s main activity such as fodder, grain, and veterinary supplies. The market also includes fodder storage space of more than 5,200 sq m. Additionally, the retail section includes 76 shops and a traditional market that sells vegetables and fruits, dried fruit, honey and dates. There are several seasonal farmers markets across Qatar. Local farmers sell produce directly to customers. Fresh fruit, vegetables and plants can be bought in bulk. Open Thursday to Saturday 7 am – 7 pm, between October and June. 4407 1111, aswaq.com.qa/aswaq-wakra

Souq Umm Salal Spanning over 70,000 sq m, Souq Umm Salal, also known as Umm Salal Central Market, connects directly to the main ports in Al Wakra, Al Ruwais, Al Khor and Doha, supplying nearly 80% of the fish to the market. It includes 62 fish shops, an auction yard of 2,100 sq m, as well as a fish cleaning section, visitors waiting area, and an ice factory to meet the needs of traders. The market is an integrated marketing platform for all basic commodities, which contributes in achieving food security.

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Souq Al Asiery

Souq Al Dira

Barwa Village E5 Barwa Village, just off Al Wakra Road, is a residential and commercial complex that has much to offer. In the centre of Barwa Village is The Plaza – home to Mega Mart and Centrepoint – and also a health club, an international school, a nursery and a medical clinic. There are also a few gold, perfume and gift shops as well as electronics shops and a bookstore. An abundance of affordable restaurants await, offering tastes from India, China, and other parts of Asia, as well as the Arab region. Next to Barwa Village is Retaj Real Estate’s newly launched residential and commercial development, New Souq Al Haraj. It consists of 552 units: 22 showrooms that start from 165 sq m – 220 sq m; 243 shops that start from 46 sq m – 130 sq m; 51 kiosks; 211 residential apartments with one and two bedrooms; and 25 offices approximately 100 – 130 sq m.

Souqs In addition to the popular Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra (see Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra in the Discovering Qatar section), there are various souqs or market complexes scattered around town. When people in Qatar talk of the 'souqs', they usually refer to the city’s oldest market area, in the heart of the city near the old Amiri Diwan.

Souqs range from the traditional-style Souq Waqif, which still retains the atmosphere and spirit of the old bazaar, to the more modern air-conditioned, marble-clad complexes. When shopping in the souqs, you have the opportunity to bargain. You have cheaper imports, high-end designer items and just about everything else, including clothing and home accessories to kitchenware, souvenirs and unique gifts. Kitchenware shops stock everything from huge cooking pots to dainty glasses, cutlery and table ornaments. Luggage, tools, general hardware, DIY and gardening equipment are also available. Clothing includes a wide range of inexpensive clothes, casual wear and shoes.

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The central market offers all basic commodities such as meat, fish and vegetables to serve the needs of all – traders, producers and consumers. In addition, the market includes a private slaughterhouse with a production capacity of up to 1,000 heads per day (under the management of Widam Food), in addition to livestock barns, vegetables and fruits shops, multi-service shops, cold stores, a supermarket, a mosque, and a number of administrative offices. The Ministry of Municipality has recently opened Al Mazroua Yard in Souq Umm Salal, while Aswaq for Food Facilities Management developed and fully equipped the yard, which extends over 1,800 sq m and includes 44 counters dedicated to selling local produce. 4407 1111, aswaq.com.qa/aswaq-umm-salal

Shopping hours at the souqs are usually 10 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm (Souq Waqif has longer opening hours). A map of the central souqs is in Souq Waqif in the Discovering Qatar section. Parking is limited at the most of the souqs. The earlier you arrive, the better. Consider parking at any of the underground car park around Souq Waqif. Some are air-conditioned. See the map of Souq Waqif for precise locations. Also consider taking the Doha Metro – Souq Waqif Metro Station (Gold Line). Access to cash is limited at most of the souqs. ATMs are avaliable but it's best you carry cash with you at all times as most shops take payment in cash only. First in the downtown souq area is the busy Souq Faleh D4 shopping centre, which houses several abaya, clothing and body accessories stores. Adjacent to Souq Faleh is Souq Al Asiery D4, which is known as the 'Escalator Souq' – as it was the first and only one in Doha to have an escalator. It has a massive selection of fabrics available at prices to suit all. Other outlets include clothing, shoes, perfume and accessories. Connected to Souq Al Asiery is Souq Al Dira D4, your one-stop shop for upmarket textiles. The building has huge arches, lantern-style lights and stained-glass windows and, can be found right behind Souq Al Asiery. High-quality beaded fabrics, heavy lace and 'designer' fabrics are all ©

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on sale. The souq also has shoes, perfume and accessory stores, and cloakroom facilities. Many Indian and Filipino eateries can be found there. Right behind Souq Al Asiery and Souq Al Dira D4 is Central Souq or Souq Al Madina, which is a one-stop destination for embroideries, decorating fabric or other materials for dressmaking as well as custom tailoured abayas and jalabiyas. Facing you at the end of Al Ahmed Street is Souq Al Jabor D4. Stores along the outside as well as inside the block offer a good selection of footwear, clothes and a wide range of other products. One of the oldest markets in the country, Souq Al Haraj D4 in Al Mansoura is the best destination for second-hand goods especially used furniture and household appliances. Souq Al Ali C3 in Al Gharrafa houses textile, tailoring and abaya stores, and a few pet shops. It's also a popular destination for shoe repair and carpentry stores. There's a KFC, Yellow Cab and other eateries in the souq as well. The old yet urban Thursday and Friday Souq E3 is located on the Wholesale Market Street in the

Bu Hamour and Mesaimeer district. The shopping centre is a well-known destination for abayas, jalabiyas, affordable clothes and other garments as well as toys. There are also a few spice, dates and honey shops. In addition to souqs, there are many low-budget shopping centres in Qatar with branches across the country where you can buy clothing, home accessories and kitchen appliances at affordable prices such as Al Rawnaq, Ansar Gallery, Dragon Mart and Ramez. See Where to Shop in this section for numbers.

The Gold Souq There are several jewellery shops in the gold souq area, surrounding Grand Hamad Street and Ali Bin Abdullah Street. In addition to buying and/or selling gold, most jewellers will repair and replace jewellery, providing a receipt. Designs cater for Western and Eastern tastes and are of local and international manufacture. Traditional bridal jewellery is an interesting sight and comprises solid gold belts, gub (small gold caps), hair ornaments, mirtash (chest-length decorated chains) and bracelets.

Coins, ingots and gems of various weights are available at most jewellers. High-quality second-hand watches on sale at specialist shops include brands such as Rolex and Cartier. Buying gold is safe as all gold sold in Qatar is tested and hallmarked in the country, so quality is guaranteed. Most of the gold is 18 and 22 carat. Some modern and traditional jewellery items have artificial stones and this is reflected in the price. You are welcome to try anything on, and the salesmen are willing to bring pieces from a nearby shop if they don’t have what you are looking for. You will need the purchase receipt when selling QATAR SHOPPING E-GUIDE ©

Selling gold The Ministry of Interior lists procedures for obtaining the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) from the police to sell gold. A fee of QAR10 has to be paid through a debit/credit card to get the NOC. Other requirements are necessary such as bringing the gold for inspection, producing bills for the gold, and bringing the ID and passport of the owner or seller. The gold should belong to first or second degree relatives. The service is provided by the Gold Sales Office in Souq Waqif and security departments across the country. Invoice Many jewellery shops issue invoices based on the format prescribed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI). The MOCIapproved format, introduced in 2016 to protect consumers' interests, offers customers a detailed sales invoice. It shows particulars such as unit price without processors, price of workmanship, purity degree, and trademark. Other details include information about the piece of jewellery like the total price, carat, gram, number, description, item code, the shop’s stamp, seller’s name and signature, shop data, invoice number, customer name and customer’s Qatar ID number. m

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Personalised name pendants can be made at short notice with your name written in Arabic calligraphy, as a keepsake or gift.

your jewellery, and you will only receive the value of the weight of the metal or precious stones excluding the workmanship.

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No More Single-Use Plastic Bags! By Ola Diab The Ministry of Municipality has approved a draft decision controlling the use of plastic bags in the country.

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rime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired a Cabinet meeting at the Amiri Diwan on 25 May 2022, approving the draft decision of the Ministry of Municipality controlling the use of plastic bags in the country. The ban will come into effect on 15 November 2022. The preparation of the draft resolution comes within the framework of the strategic objectives of preserving the environment and optimal investment in waste recycling. Among the provisions included in the draft resolution are the following: • Institutions, companies and shopping centres are prohibited from using single-use plastic bags in packaging, presenting, circulating, carrying or transporting products and merchandise of all kinds. • Replacing single-use plastic bags with multi-use plastic bags, biodegradable plastic bags, paper or “woven” bags, and other biodegradable materials. A single-use, plastic carryout bag means any bag less than 2.25 millimetre thick and made

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predominately of plastic derived from petroleum or bio-based sources, such as corn or other plant source, and includes compostable, noncompostable, and biodegradable plastic bags. According to earthday.org, five trillion plastic bags are produced worldwide annually. It can take up to 1,000 years for a bag to disintegrate completely. By switching to reusable shopping bags, we can eliminate that waste– which amounts to about 307 bags per person. In addition, when plastics end up in landfills, they break down into tiny toxic particles that contaminate the soil and waterways, and enter the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them. Eco-friendly shopping practices In recent years, many hypermarkets across Qatar have taken steps to introduce eco-friendly and sustainable shopping practices, as well as initiatives to encourage shoppers to adopt green and environmentally friendly lifestyles. Many retail outlets have introduced various measures to reduce plastic use, such as issuing reusable bags or using paper carrier bags to reduce single-use plastic products.

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In 2019, the Ministry of Municipality and Carrefour Qatar introduced a no plastic bag campaign called ‘No Plastic Tuesday’ on the third Tuesday of each month, in all Carrefour stores. Carrefour Qatar did not provide any single-use plastic bags at checkouts on that day. Customers received a reusable bag for free and 10 extra MyCLUB points on each transaction. Customers were encouraged to bring their own reusable bags as well. Under the campaign, Carrefour aimed to familiarise the public with the best ways to use eco-friendly bags and the benefits behind using them, and eliminate singleuse plastic bags from cash counters. Apart from championing various eco-friendly initiatives throughout the year, Carrefour is also investing heavily in several areas designed to reduce its environmental impact. For example, green checkout counters called 'Connecting with Nature Counter' have been implemented in stores nationwide. The counters are dedicated for reusable bag users. To help protect the environment, the Ministry of Municipality has been campaigning against the use of plastic bags and has urged retailers to start using biodegradable, compostable and reusable bags. Biodegradable and compostable bags are an environment-friendly alternative to plastic bags. Biodegradable are often still plastic bags that have microorganisms added to break down the plastic, while compostable bags are made of natural plant starch, and do not produce any toxic material. Compostable bags break down readily in a composting system through microbial activity to form compost. Mega Mart is leading the use of biodegradable bags, providing customers with bags at checkout that say 'This bag is 100% bio'. LuLu Hypermarket has introduced paper bags, joining some other major outlets across the country, including Monoprix, Carrefour and IKEA,

which adopt environmentally sustainable practices. LuLu has also printed a message on each of its paper bags, made from 100% recycled paper, saying 'Good for the planet, Good for us' aimed at creating public awareness on the importance of using safer alternatives. Besides shifting to biodegradable plastics, Lulu also has affordable reusable bags, which can be used multiple times. If damaged, LuLu will replace the bag with a new one since it has a lifetime warranty to encourage shoppers to make a habit of always bringing their reusable bags with them. LuLu is also the first in the region to allow customers to borrow shopping bags in an effort to cut down on plastic waste. The ‘Borrow A Bag’ initiative allows shoppers, who have forgotten a shopping bag or purchased more than expected, to borrow a bag rather than purchase one. Lulu will be introducing the ‘refill’ option in some selected categories soon. Lulu wants to offer a range of options to its shoppers to help them reduce plastic waste rather than imposing any one solution to its customers. In 2019, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company launched an innovative recycling initiative in some of their branches. Al Meera has placed branded recycling machines for plastic and aluminium products. Customers can drop a plastic bottle or an aluminium can into the recycling machine and in return, earn Meera Rewards points, which can be used later at any Al Meera branch. To receive the rewards, customers need to register with the Meera Rewards loyalty programme, which was launched in 2018 where customers can earn and redeem points. Meera Rewards members will also be able to accumulate additional loyalty points for their recycling contributions across Al Meera branches. Al Meera's recycling machine initiative aims to encourage the public to recycle. m ©

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Shop Local By Ola Diab The local produce yards will open across Qatar for the new season 2022–23, selling fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, poultry, plants and more!

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atar hosts many farmers’ markets throughout the year, but usually between October and late April/beginning of May. Overseen by the Ministry of Municipality, these markets promote the development of local produce and encourage local farming.

fish, and plants and flowers are also sold at these yards. More variety of products will be added as the harvest time of each plant approaches. Prices of products are expected to go down as more vegetables and larger quantities of products will be on sale at the yards.

Fresh vegetables and fruits from local farms are available for sale at all five local produce yards, which are Al Mazrouah, Al Wakra, Al Khor and Al Thakhira, Al Shamal, and Al Sheehaniya. The yards operate from 7 am to 4 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cash is necessary as there are no credit card facilities available. Prices are clearly placed in both English and Arabic on large white cards. Bargaining is acceptable.

At least 150 local farms take part in the seasonal farmers' markets, supplying their fresh products for sale. These markets or yards are an opportunity for local farmers to sell their produce without having to pay any fees, and there is any mediator between them. These measures have reduced the retail prices by 20% compared to other outlets. More farmers and/or farms are expected to join the new season, increasing as the season continues.

The rustic, open-air yards sell more than 21 different types of locally produced vegetables and fruits including cucumbers, courgettes, watermelons, melons, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and other leafy vegetables at cheaper prices, and encourage the production and regulation of homegrown produce as markets are fully overseen by the Ministry of Municipality. Honey, poultry,

Health and safety According to the Ministry of Municipality, the necessary preparations have been made at the five yards before resuming operations for the new season. The yards have been cleaned, sanitised and disinfected as a measure against COVID-19 as well as sprayed to deter rodents and insects. Furthermore, the yards are refurbished with shades and umbrellas, pavements, and other internal developments to better improve the shopping experience.

Local farming and agriculture Situated in the Arabian Gulf the country is a dry, subtropical desert with rough, sandy terrain and just 1% of arable land. It is a marvel how Qatar has managed to overcome this obstacle and contribute a good volume of local agricultural produce to its people. As well as fishing and pearling, Qatar has always been involved in agriculture, particularly in Al Rayyan and Al Khor, the latter of which has the highest number of farms in the country. However, since the blockade in 2017, the country has made a concerted effort to grow its agricultural sector, with production increasing by more than 100%. To date, there are 1,400 agriculture farms in the north and over 400 greenhouses. According to the Ministry of Municipality, self-sufficiency in vegetable ©

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production is at 24% and is expected to exceed 70% in the next five years. Qatar has also achieved 100% self-sufficiency in live poultry, meat and dairy products. Self-sufficiency in vegetable production has reached 24% and is expected to reach 90% by 2023. Special agricultural facilities have also opened up to promote pisciculture, with the capacity to house over 2.4 mn fish larvae. Shrimp production is 79% self-sufficient with a current production of six tonnes a year. Dairy production too has flourished incredibly, making Qatar totally self-sufficient in dairy and dairy products. Overall food production has shown tremendous growth – by a whopping 400% – and an estimated QAR10 bn has been achieved in annual fresh food trade volume. Advancement in technology and further research in agricultural production alternatives has helped improve and develop the farming scenario in the country. To ensure the availability of farm fresh products all year, farmers are increasingly turning to technological solutions, incorporating LED or dark room technology which eliminates the threat of pests and diseases. LED lighting is considered far better than traditional light sources and is more energy efficient, as the farmers can adjust the light according to the stages of plant growth. The lights can also be changed according to the stage of the seed’s germination – blue for the sprouting of the seed, red for photosynthesis, sprouting, flowering and fruiting. This technology QATAR SHOPPING E-GUIDE ©

enables farmers to grow their crops indoors at regulated temperatures and not worry about pests and diseases. Facilities have also adopted hydroponics in farming where a water solvent with the required nutrients is used as a base for plant growth instead of the traditional use of soil. The nutrient enriched water comes from the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures housing in an aquaponic facility. Many indoor farms, whether hydroponic or traditional, have installed sensors that help detect inconsistencies in manufacture. Primarily, the detection of air temperature and humidity, soil temperature and moisture, soil pH, light, wind, concentration of carbon dioxide, and the content of oxygen is conducted along with 200 other parameters. This can also be linked to internet agriculture, where Internet of Things is used in agricultural procedures. Farms such as Qatari Agricultural Development Company (AGRICO) and Al Sulaiteen Agricultural & Industrial Complex (SAIC) have embraced the concept of hydroponics in their farming methodology, wherein a water solvent with nutrients is used as a base for plant growth rather than soil. Qatar now has five purely organic farms. m

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