As residents of Qatar make final preparations for Eid al-Adha celebrations, shopping malls and outlets across the country are seeing good business.
One such market, Souq Al Ali in Doha, is seeing a flow of shoppers flocking to sewing stores to have their new clothes sewn.
The market, which has many clothing and tailoring stores, is a popular destination for clothes, shoes, and gifts.
âThere is competition between these stores. It lends us a wide variety of clothes while helping us get our clothes sewn at reasonable prices, âsaid a Qatari customer.
During the early days of Dhul-Hijjah (the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar), the market began to witness a rapid influx of customers.
âThere are only two days left before the Eid holidays. Most of the families have already finished shopping, so only the final rush is being felt now, âsaid Momin, who runs a clothing store.
Another trader said people from all over Qatar converge on the Al Ali Souq as the market is one of Qataris’ favorites for Eid shopping.
Traditional headgear (* gatra) and skullcap (* gahfiya) for men and children are also in great demand.
Special ready-mades * gatras are also sought after by buyers.
Stores selling oud and perfumes have also seen good deals, as Eid is a time to buy perfumes to use or give away during celebrations.
âThe oud as well as other perfumes are in demand. We also get buyers for watches and rosaries, âsaid a store employee.
Bouquets of flowers and sweets are available for Eid celebrations.
The market strictly follows the prevention and precautionary measures for the coronavirus (Covid-19) prescribed by the authorities concerned.