More and more malls coming, unfortunately

Driving around Doha, I am seeing more and more malls coming, unfortunately. Some malls can’t be called malls, just  ordinary hypermarket buildings but some are coming with new designs. I said unfortunately because this is not what Doha residents like me more need, or because it simply induces consumerism. I am not objecting malls (malling is sometimes my past time 🙂 ) but I personally will more appreciate parks, public greenery, public library, museums, science center or more promenades, or those who come up with large bookstores :). Within radius of 2 km I will see my house surrounded by at least 5 malls!

Ezdan Mall. Opposite Landmark Mall, this mall is constructed in a fast pace. Opening is probably next year. Ezdan Mall comes with modern and fresh design. And it is big. I don’t know what major tenants will be.

Ezdan Mall under construction (as of 5 Nov 2011)

Gulf Mall. Just next to Ezdan Mall, near Lulu Hypermarket. It is smaller than Ezdan Mall but it comes with Gulf architecture. Opening is probably next year as well.

Gulf Mall under construction (as of 5 Nov 2011)

Doha Festival City. Located 6.5km north of Landmark Mall, on the Al Shamal Road, Al Kharaitiyat Interchange. IKEA will be completed by last quarter next year and the whole complex by 2014. Worth waiting.

Doha Festival City, just starting construction (as of 5 Nov 2011)

Lagoona Malls. New addition to West Bay, gate to Lusail City, Zig Zag Tower. 51 East is the anchor tenant with its largest 51 East store in the Middle East 

The Gate Salam Plaza. Luxury mall part of Salam Plaza.

North Gate Mall. Across Al Wadi and Sidra Village Compound in Al Gharafa. Construction just awarded last month.

Other so called small malls or just hypermarket-type commercial center sprouted out around Doha. To name a few: Parco Mall (operating, Mamoura), Wathnan Mall (operating, Muaither), Rayyan Mall (Al Rayyan – Dukhan Road), 01 Mall (status unknown to me, Abu Hamour), Doha Mall (status unknown to me, Musaimeer), Safari Mall (operating, between Ain Khalid and Abu Hamour). Some malls developement either on hold or abandoned: Al Waab Mall, Al Markhiya Mall, Al Mana Mall.

Meanwhile, outside Doha some mall developments are also coming up: Al Wakrah Mall, Al Khor Mall (Lulu), Marina Mall Lusail.