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Doha Souq all set to open in second quarter of 2018

Doha Souq all set to open in second quarter of 2018


Satyendra Pathak
Doha
The much-awaited Doha Souq Mall is all set to open in the second quarter of 2018, a senior official of Bandary Real Estate said on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference to announce the launch of retail space leasing at the mall, Bandary Real Estate Malls Manager Amjed Saleh said that Doha Souq Mall has officially started accepting tenants.
Bandary Real Estate, which will manage the mall, will start handing over the leased spaces to tenants from the first quarter of the next year.
Located in Al Nasr Street, the mall will have a gross leasable area of 26,000 square metres (sqm) for tenants. While the mall will have a land area of 15,000 sqm, the total buildup area will reach upto 63,000 sqm.
Saleh revealed that some of the famous names like Family Food Centre (FFC) and Jollibee will be opening their branches in the mall. Talks are also on with a famous Lebanese bakery chain to open its branch at the mall.
"In all, the mall will have 20 food and beverage outlets, three atrium lobby cafes, 22 retail spaces, a supermarket, a play area, and 26 office and clinic spaces," Saleh said.
The two basement car parkings at the mall will have the capacity to accommodate around 550 cars, Saleh said.
"As the mall is located in a populous area like Al Nasr Street, we expect many visitors to walk in to the mall. This mall is especially designed to cater to all income groups. Unlike other malls, Doha Souq will have a lot of services to offer to people living in surrounding areas. It will be an ideal place for dining, holding business meetings and shopping," he said.
Saleh expressed hope that the entire retail space of the mall will be fully occupied by the end of the first quarter next year.
"Many famous brands have already booked space at the mall. Talks are on with other companies as well. The response is overwhelming," he said.
As the mall is located in the heart of the city, Saleh said, he expected footfalls in the range of 10,000 to 15,000 from day one.
More than 500 jobs will be created once the mall is fully occupied and operational, he added.
In tandem with the government initiative, he said, preference would be given to 'Made in Qatar' products at the mall.
"The unjust siege of Qatar has led to a vibrant manufacturing sector in the country. Goods manufactured in Qatar are of high quality and competitive in the market," he said.

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