Apple Retail Outlets in Doha

Qatar with a population of 1.55 million (as of 31 August 2011 by Qatar Statistics Authority) is made of about 80% expats (non-Qatari) from more than 40 countries, yet, according to a marketing manager of a Premium Reseller in Doha told me that they estimate about 6,000 Mac users in the country. And that approximation was in 2010. No idea as well how they got this number, though.

On the retail front, there are three types of stores that sell Apple products: the renowned Apple Store; Apple Premium Reseller; and, independent resellers. In this context, outlets refer to the shops selling Apple laptops.

The Apple Store is the one actually owned and operated by Apple, Inc. and we do not have that in Doha – yet. Apple Premium/Authorized Resellers, on the other hand, is a ‘status’ available only to international (outside of the US) resellers in countries that have no Apple Store presence, in which case this status allows these third parties to essentially act as ‘Apple Stores.’

Lastly, the other independent retail outlets that also carry Apple merchandise in their product lines devoid of the ‘Apple Store feel’.

In Doha, we have only iSpot as the only Apple Authorized Reseller that also offer authorized repair centers with certified technicians and staff.

As of this writing, other independent, albeit, popular stores selling Apple products and laptops, include Carrefour, Virgin Megastore, Jarir Bookstore, Fifty-One East, e- Pro Solutions and Office One.

If you have been following our Price Watch ‘reports’ or quite familiar with Doha prices, Virgin Megastore are infamous for selling Apple laptops with at least, on occasion, QR 500 higher price tag from other independent retail store or even the Premium Resellers. Although, in a rare occasion of last month’s MacBook Air Price Watch that they have the lowest price of the MacBook Airs, almost certainly, getting rid of their few remaining stocks and anticipating the newly released MacBook Air to arrive in their stores. Nevertheless, Virgin Megastore remain to be the place most people head for Arabic and English books and magazines. Virgin Megastore are in Landmark (4418 2242) and Villaggio Mall (4413 5823).

Jarir Bookstore has two big showrooms in Salwa Road (4444 0212) and in Al Rayyan (4411 4322). Aside from Costa coffee shops, one of the main reasons to visit here, however, is the large collection of international magazines.

Office 1 Superstores (4465 9244), located in Salwa Road near Midmac, is an electronic equipment and office and school supplies franchise from Carlin in Madrid. Although Office 1 has been popular in other countries to be a self-service superstore and online shopping, their Qatar online site has never been updated! Last update was in May 2010 (accessed on 15 September 2011), so it is better to just check out their shop to get the recent prices. Don’t rely as well on ‘product knowledge,’ as we inquired through phone the prices of the recent MacBook Airs and Pros but apparently not aware of i7 nor Thunderbolt.

Other shops selling Apple laptops in Doha

Fifty-One East (4425 7777) is one of Qatar’s premier store for luxury and prestige brand from watches, and jewelry, fashion and fine apparel, cosmetics, fragrances, and of course, electronics. Showrooms are located in Al Maha Center, Salwa Road and in City Centre. Costs, though, costs of Mac products, are competitive, but if one has to buy here maybe driven with low-cost or special deals (typically, a free laptop bag, vouchers, or a USB stick) and essentially, familiar with the actual Apple model/unit to purchase as it may take time before they have the recent models. We were also made to understand that they are looking into being an Apple Premium Reseller.

Finally, who is not familiar with this hypermarket chain headquartered in France, Carrefour? It’s the place to go at almost anytime of the day (they close at midnight and even 1am during Ramadan) and you can practically get everything here. The prices of Apple products are normally lower by at least QR 100 from other independent resellers and quite popular to locals and residents because of expediency. Although, I think they are extra vigilant in their pricing strategy for their Apple products as they have this “Refund 10 times” promotion. In 2010, they partnered with iSpot in providing technical assistance to shoppers. We still need to confirm if this ‘project’ is still on going. Expect numbers of “biodegradable” plastic bags (say what?) as well when you do your groceries. Huge Carrefour supermarkets are in Landmark, City Centre, and in Villaggio and you can phone their customer service at 8800 7323.

Now, as the FIFA 2022 host, it is expected that Qatar’s population will radically increase in the coming years with all the expected developments and creation of new cities outside of Doha. Thus, Apple resellers in the country will increase in numbers.

Will there be an Apple Retail Store in Qatar? Will answer on my next article. Watch out for it.

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20 Responses to Apple Retail Outlets in Doha

  1. avatar vills says:

    Hi
    Can you provide me latest price of iMac in doha.
    Thx
    Regards

  2. avatar MUHAMMAD RAIF TK says:

    Dear executive, could you please inform me that how can i get apple accessories of the brand GRIFFIN.

  3. avatar Juan Amengual says:

    Just wondering, since I will move to Doha soon, I’m searching for Imac (27″, all models) prices, so i can compare and decide whether to buy it there on beforehand in the US for example…in this case, I will also need to know the average tax I will have to pay upon arriving to Doha with my new toy!!!….in advance…THANK YOU!.

    • avatar Doha iMum says:

      Hi Juan! Thanks for your question. We normally update Apple prices and post it online and currently being revised and updated. Unfortunately, it’s normally best to buy it in the US (it’s cheaper) than getting it over here. However, if you are a member of QMac, we have tied up with a Premium Apple Reseller where you are given discounts.

  4. avatar muneeb says:

    heloo, i want to buy mac os x 10.7.3 or 10.7.4 DVD give me idea where to buy ? and price ?

    • avatar Doha iMum says:

      hi muneeb,

      as for the price, im afraid i cant be certain of that but you can check it out in iSpot, e-Pro Solutions, 51 East or Virgin.

      Are you a member of QMac yet?

  5. avatar muneeb says:

    i want buy MAC OS X 10.7.3 OR 10.7.4 dvd give me some idea where to buy and give me the price in QR.

  6. avatar salih says:

    Hi
    Can you help me…..,I want details for apple service centre in Doha.

    • avatar Doha iMum says:

      Hi Salih,

      Thanks for contacting QMac..

      You can contact iSpot – they have showrooms in City Center +974 44115204 , W Doha Hotel +974 44122591 , Wakra + 974 44644110 and Education City.

      Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes and if you need further assistance.

  7. avatar Girish says:

    My Ipad 3 4G Wifi 16Gb facing problems with face time camera.
    where do i ask support to correct this problem.

    i bought the IPad from LULU.

    Please Help.

    Thanks

    • avatar Doha iMum says:

      Hi Girish,

      Thanks for your email.

      Have you visited iSpot yet? They have showrooms in City Centre, Education City, Al Wakra and in W Hotel.
      I’m sure they could help you out with your iPad problems.

      Cheers,
      Doha iMum

  8. avatar Jordan C says:

    Does anywhere sell the latest gen. Of apple tv (think its 3rd gen now)

    Thanks

  9. avatar Ed says:

    i need 3gs battery, can u help me where to buy it..

    • avatar Doha iMum says:

      Hi Ed,

      Please visit iSpot and inquire if they have it. Their showrooms are in City Centre, Al Wakra, W Hotel and Qatar Foundation Student Center..

      Thanks!

  10. avatar bola bakare says:

    I want a 13-inch Macbook pro with retina display;
    2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz​256GB Flash Storage​Backlit Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide​MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter​Accessory Kit. Where do I get it in doha pls and at a very affordable rate. Thanks

    • avatar Doha iMum says:

      Hi Bola,

      Thanks for contacting QMac. Most of this are available in iSpot. They have branches in City Centre, W Hotel, Al Wakra and at the Student Center of Education City.

      Hope this helps.

  11. avatar Kulp Ratan says:

    I got electric shock while my mac book pro was on charging next to the usb ports and it has been 2days i got this laptop from US and now i am in doha. Please advise what can be done.

  12. When will the mini laptop going to be launched in qatar,and where can I get the lowest price for that.

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