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If you’re looking into buying decorative stuff for Christmas, you can head out to Carrefour in City Centre. Of course, they don’t tell you that it’s for Christmas but it’s for the "Magical Season". Still, it’s good to have easy access to this stuff. It might not be like Christmas in your own country but a Christmas tree and some decorations here and there might make up (in some way) to whatever we’re missing in our own countries.

It seems Starlink Qatar is going to try and bring the iPhone in Qatar. Although on the Apple website, Vodafone Qatar is listed as its distributor, they still don’t have any agreement with Apple itself thus they can’t sell the iPhones at a distributor price. Apple has a contract with Vodafone itself but not Vodafone Qatar. Anyway, Starlink Qatar ha sannounced that it is going to bring the iPhone in Qatar. For how much? I don’t know yet. They haven’t announced the prices yet. Hopefully, they’ll be much cheaper than what Vodafone is offering. For sure though, these phones would be unlocked and a year warranty and support would be provided to those buying the iPhone from them. Here’s the rest of the story:

Starlink is bringing the latest iPhones to Qatar at great prices, the retailer has announced.Starlink claims it will be among the first stores in the country to have the iPhone 3GS 32GB and the iPhone 3GS 16GB.The iPhone 3GS 32GB offers a range of functions and features, and the ability to add new applications seamlessly, making it one of the fastest and most advanced Smartphones on the market.The iPhone 3GS 16GB is set to be offered at one of the most competitive prices in Qatar. Both phones come with a one-year warranty and support promise.“By bringing the latest and most powerful models to Qatar, we’re providing a huge range of power-packed features at a price we know our customers will enjoy,” Starlink CEO Alan Sinfeld said.

Vodafone Qatar has started selling iPhones at their stores today. Apparently, these iPhones have diamonds encrusted on them. Hmmm…I need to verify this as the prices they are selling them for do indicate that there might be some precious stones on them.

iPhone 3G 8GB QR2,600

iPhone 3GS 16GB QR4,500

iPhone 3GS 32GB QR5,200

WTF! An iPhone 3Gs for a whooping QR5,200. They must be dreaming! If you get the chance to buy it on ebay, Australia or Hong Kong, you are likely to pay no more than 3,200QR for the same model. Officially unlocked too! The ones Vodafone Qatar is selling are also unlocked but the price is exorbitant.

If you are still interested, you can get the iPhone from any Vodafone stores at Landmark Mall, Villaggio Mall, City Center Mall, Al Khor, Lu Lu Hypermarket and Musheireb Street.

On their promo blurb, they say:"These will go quickly so run, don’t walk, to the Vodafone store nearest you!". In my opinion, don’t even bother getting up.

I went to HSBC in Al Sadd today to settle some things before we go for vacation early July. One of the things I had on my list was to ask them if they could retrieve my PIN number for my credit cards as it seems that I forgot them. I was taken aback when the customer representative told me that they would need to charge me 50QR for each of the cards to re-issue a new PIN number for my HSBC cards. What? I need to pay another 50QR for something that they’re already earning from everytime I purchase an item using the card? That’s just plain STUPID! Here you have a customer, wanting to use your credit cards that you are earning from and whose salary is being deposited in your bank every month and you tell him that he has to pay another 50QR so that he could continue using his credit card. I’m glad that I don’t pay a yearly fee for my HSBC credit cards but if I were, I would have stormed the Manager’s office. How do you call that customer satisfaction? Can’t they just reset my password? Would it take more than 5 minutes to do that if they really wanted to? It is deserving that I pay 50QR fee for this. I don’t think so. They can have their credit cards and I’ll just use another card from another bank or until I run out of credit cards. Then I’ll just resort back to using cash.

IKEA in Qatar

In: News|Qatar|Shopping

11 May 2009




The Swedish furniture chain Ikea is going to expand in the Gulf region and plans to open two new stores in Oman and Qatar, the company’s country operations and project manager in Dubai, Siddarth Bhide, told Gulf News

Ikea opened its largest store by far in the Middle East in November 2005 at the Dubai Festival City Mall. The 24,500-square metre outlet is managed by Al Futtaim Retail on a franchise basis. Ikea opened its UAE operations in 1991 on Zabeel Road and then moved to Deira City Centre in 1995. In Abu Dhabi, the store will be expanded from currently 9000 square metres to 20,000, almost the size of the Dubai store.

Besides the expansion to Oman and Qatar, Ikea is also going to open new stores in Saudi Arabia, where it currently operates in Riyad, Jeddah and Dammam. There is also one Ikea store in Kuwait.

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