Galeries Lafayette Doha inaugurates first-ever Ritz Paris boutique

In yet another milestone for the brand, Galeries Lafayette Doha inaugurated the first-ever Ritz Paris international boutique on October 9, 2022. It was an ideal occasion to reveal iconic objects and star products from the legendary Place Vendôme hotel, such as collectible porcelain tableware designed for the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, emblematic tulip lamps and celebrated peach-hued peignoirs.

The official inauguration was followed by a VIP event on October 18 to celebrate the launch of the boutique. The exclusive reception was hosted at the Galeries Lafayette La Suite Penthouse where the décor was enhanced with merchandise and decorative elements from Ritz Paris. Live jazz music and Ritz Paris’ signature mocktail drinks set the perfect tone for the occasion.

Present at the event were Ambassador of France to Qatar H E Jean-Baptiste Faivre, Board Member of Ritz Paris Ms. Natalie Bader, who spearheaded this project, and Head of Strategy & Operations of Galeries Lafayette Doha Ms. Al Ghalia Ali Bin Ali.

Located on the ground floor of the French Department Store, the Ritz corner shop offers a complete universe of different categories of products, expressing the style of the Ritz, its magnificence, its soul, and the symbol of the French art of living.

Complementing the boutique, a pop-up corner right at the main entrance of Galeries Lafayette Doha has also been set up to mark the launch. Enchanting and playful, the entrance with hot air balloon baskets symbolizes the joy of travel. The pop-up will be stationed at Galeries Lafayette till October 31.

The boutique expresses all the spirit of the Ritz Paris through its architecture, colors and ambiance. It reprises the essence of the hotel’s illuminations, arcades, moldings, play of mirrors and incomparable 18th-century style with a fresh energy.

Customers are greeted in a retail environment conceived like a dining room and a dressing area, comprising six dedicated spaces: the art of entertaining, home and bath linens, fragrances, gifts and decorative objects, games and accessories, and the brand-new Frame x Ritz Paris fashion capsule collection. The boutique also offers several custom services, such as personalized embroidery — an excellent opportunity to treat others, or oneself, to a little magic of the Ritz Paris.

“More than a hotel, the Ritz Paris today is an iconic, brilliant, vibrant lifestyle that intends to shine all around the world through its products and services. This Doha boutique was designed for all those who love the Ritz Paris, but also and above all for those who dream of discovering it and sharing in a little piece of the legend and French art de vivre,” said Ms. Natalie Bader.

Speaking about the latest partnership, Ms. AlGhalia Nabeel Ali Bin Ali said, “At Galeries Lafayette Doha, we always look to collaborate with iconic and international brands to bring an exclusive experience for the people in Qatar. With the new Ritz Paris Boutique, our clients can enjoy the brand’s exclusive range of products which truly captures the essence of French ‘Art de vivre’, allowing them to experience the refinement of one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.”

Popular global brand Wagamama opens third restaurant in Doha

In a memorable opening on October 16, 2022 at Doha’s Place Vendôme, Ali Bin Ali Hospitality opened its third outlet for Wagamama restaurant, one of the global brands it stewards in Qatar.

In his statement during the launch, Ali Bin Ali Hospitality Group General Manager, Mr. Bassel Salim Ammar, noted that he was thrilled about the opening of the new eatery. “Vendôme is one of Qatar’s best-known and luxurious shopping centers, and therefore a perfect choice for opening the new outlet,” he said. He added that the ambiance of the new location only adds to the allure of the restaurant and it is expected for more customers to visit.

The story of Wagamama began in early 1992 with the opening of the very first restaurant in London’s Bloomsbury, which was inspired by traditional Japanese noodle bars and Asian inspired flavors. In Qatar, the brand has captured the attention of its guests with its exciting and inclusive casual dining experience with a stylish and contemporary setting.

The new Wagamama restaurant promises unique experiences for diners as it offers exclusive menus, set-up, and ambiance, among other exquisite features that resonate with the Place Vendôme. The Place Vendôme is one of Qatar’s lavish malls that exudes grandeur and style.

The new branch reaffirms the restaurant’s continued dominance and popularity among food enthusiasts, who seek memorable experience with their most desired cuisines. The new joint will continue to reinforce Wagamama’s philosophy of a “positive eating and positing living” for all.

ABA Holding launches world’s largest Monoprix store at Place Vendome mall

Ali Bin Ali Holding’s Market Hall division has inaugurated world’s largest Monoprix outlet at Place Vendome in Lusail – the new home for luxury and fashion in Qatar. The renowned French retail chain’s store, which boasts of more than 35,000 high-quality goods spread across its 9,000sqm location, opened its doors to the public on Friday, April 15.

Located on the ground floor of the sprawling Place Vendome, the Monoprix store near Entrance 2 of the mall is not only convenient to find but also easily accessible for shoppers.

The new Monoprix outlet, the chain’s sixth store in Qatar, is everything you would expect from your favorite French hypermarket. Apart from the wide range of local and international brands, the store creates a variety of dedicated in-store experiences for its clientele. From restaurants, candy stores to exclusive electronics, kitchen gadgets and organic food items, Monoprix is here to modify your retail experience.

Apart from the already-popular Monoprix Fish M Fish, SaladM, MCrust, MGrill, MPizzeria and Crepe M Waffles, the new store also has MTacos, which offers the true taste of Mexican Tacos to savor authentic Mexican Street comfort foods. Prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked right in front of the guests, these restaurants have undoubtedly strike the right chord.

Speaking at the soft opening of the hypermarket at Place Vendome, Lusail, Mr. Sebastien Farhat, Monoprix’s Regional General Manager, said: “We are delighted to announce that our newest and largest outlet is now open. Responding to the demands of our loyal clientele, Monoprix is always looking forward to expand its retail footprint in Qatar and our presence at the glamorous Place Vendome is part of that mission. We want the people of Qatar to experience the extraordinary world of Monoprix and enjoy every bit of it. This is not just a hypermarket, it is a world of its own where you can shop, eat and relax.”

Monoprix Qatar is one of the most popular hypermarket chains in Qatar. The retail chain currently has six stores in Qatar: Palm Towers – West Bay, Doha Festival City, Medina Centrale at The Pearl-Qatar, Msheireb Galleria, iCONIC 2022 building in Aspire Zone and the new store at Place Vendome Mall.