HH Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Inaugurates Mall of Qatar with over 150,000 visitors celebrating the Grand Opening Day
Doha, Qatar, 8 April 2017: Under the patronage of His Highness The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Mall of Qatar held its grand opening on April 8, 2017. Over 150,000 visitors flocked to witness the grand opening, with over 200 talented artists performing in over 20 mall-wide shows, 300,000 balloons in movement with the special acts, and extraordinary celebrations. The Grand Opening Ceremony was an unparalleled celebration packed with unforgettable experiences and thrilling festivities that truly reflected Mall of Qatar’s vision. Guests were serenaded by the incredible vocals and lyrical prowess of multi-national awarded classical crossover vocal group - Il Divo. The Grand Opening day truly demonstrated Mall of Qatar’s merge of excellent shopping with amazing live entertainment for a mall experience like no other.
Speaking about the opening event, Rony Mourani, General Manager, Mall of Qatar said: “We are inspired by the gracious patronage of His Highness The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and we offer His Highness our utmost gratitude for his patronage. His Highness' invaluable support during the opening event assured visitors that Mall of Qatar is more than a mall, it is a representation of Qatar's vision for a diversified economy."
Visitors celebrated the unforgettable day with a variety of exciting activities. In addition to a memorable performance by Il Divo, stage shows included Shaolin Warriors – a showcase of the remarkable skills of over 10 kung fu masters who demonstrated over a thousand years’ of Chinese martial-arts culture, as well as the Dinosaur Zoo live performance with amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures performed on stage. The mall-wide shows included tree walkers, balloon dragons and flower walking parades for all visitors to enjoy. Families also experienced thrilling kiddy balloon rides inside the mall. Furthermore, MOQLIVE amazed audiences with its mesmerising live performances.
“It was a day filled with magnificent experiences, laughter and great times that truly set the tone for what is yet to come. We are really looking forward to welcoming more guests from near and far, and showing them our Mall of Qatar hospitality and a truly unique experience – where a new surprise will be waiting with every visit,” Rony Mourani added
The Super-Regional Mall
As a super-regional mall, Mall of Qatar is distinguished by its presence, its novelty, and its concept. It really sets itself apart through opening doors to new ideas and defining new measures of spectacular. The investment in its prosperity, its size and stature, its approach and conception, and its carefully constructed branding together complete a remarkable structure with discernible ingenuity.
Mall of Qatar sets the bar for versatile, innovative, and exciting attractions in the region. It is more than a mall: it is a getaway for guests from all over who seek exhilaration and captivation. Offering top-notch, unmatched recreation and leisure options, Mall of Qatar is an adventure, an escape, and an oasis all in one. It is a breakthrough concept that surpasses even the most impressive shopping malls. It is a super-regional mall—and it’s setting new standards for the region.
A Destination for All Ages
Mall of Qatar combines shopping and entertainment opportunities to ensure all customers have a physical and emotional experience while shopping. It captivates visitors and allows them to escape and indulge in an adventure.
When it comes to incredible entrainment options, Mall of Qatar still maintains the traditional elements with its 19-screen Megaplex operated by NOVO, which includes VIP screens and in-gourmet food services, as well as a bowling alley. However, it pushes the boundaries of the imagination by introducing IMAX’s revolutionary laser projection and immersive sound system on the largest screen in the Middle East region, in addition to the latest 4D projection technology screen offering an immersive experience with special effects and seats that move in synchronization with the movie.
Mall of Qatar opens the doors to children’s imagination with leading concepts that will delight, entertain and educate young minds, while giving parents the opportunity to shop, relax and spend time with each other. KidzMondo features more than 70 scaled-down businesses including a central plaza, fire station, clock tower, police station and hospital theatre. And for the more adventurous, Xtremeland introduces exclusive rides and real-life battlefield action on the latest cutting-edge video gaming machines, and it’s for all ages – young and old!
The Mall also stays true to offering an incredible retail mix of over 500 brands including over 100 food and beverage options. Collectively the brands at Mall of Qatar will ensure an exciting collection of well-loved international luxury and high street fashion, footwear, food, health and beauty, pharmacy, optics and home furnishing brands.
Enter a World of Entertainment at the Oasis
When it comes to creating new and unique experiences, The Oasis at Mall of Qatar is a source of immersive entertainment, beautifully designed to enchant its audience with spectacular live shows. The Oasis takes spectators to another world, with transformative lighting and sound capabilities to dazzle viewers from every angle. Its 360-degree revolving theatrical stage is home to MOQLIVE, giving visitors an incredible experience of the first 360 degree professional theatre in the world inside a mall, with custom shows, on a scale like never before, featuring a proprietary resident performing troupe. Up to 25 dancers, singers, actors and acrobats can be seen live on stage at any given performance.
The Oasis is the beating heart of Mall of Qatar. Its extensive lighting, sound, and water features come together to create awe-inspiring shows that transform the venue from a mall to a world-class theatre. At the Oasis, the mall’s bustling corridors will convene and fall silent, giving way to a visual and audible spectacle like no other.
Transforming the Indoor Experience
Shopping malls around the world are generally known for their artificial lighting – Mall of Qatar pushes the boundaries by bringing the outdoors in. Featuring over 10,500 sq. m of extensive natural sky lighting including the breath-taking 28-meter high skylight in the luxurious court, and 26 relaxing water features both inside and outside the mall, visitors can take in the fresh air and enjoy 48,000 sq. m of landscaped greenery and the colourful, and dynamic façade from one of two signature restaurants with terraces and balcony seating.
Mall of Qatar’s aim to capture the imagination of the nation is refreshing, particularly as it merges the joys of retail with the exhilaration of entertainment to captivate, entice and excite visitors, young and old, with an incredible first-of-its-kind concept, especially designed to draw customers in back and back again. More than just a Mall – it will be a viable contributor to the Qatar economy in terms of both job creation, tourism, retail, and import, amongst others.