Following all the media fanfare, Ikea finally opens its doors in Qatar
Strong winds, flying sand and unruly midday traffic – none of these could keep the throngs of cars and the people in them from making the drive up the Khairatiyat freeway to the new IKEA store on its grand opening day today.
Lines of cars snaked their way into the store’s parking lot in the quest for an open spot. The indoor parking space quickly began to fill up too. Once the indoor and outdoor parking spaces filled up, the cars began to spillover into the spaces by the side of the store.
An eclectic crowd of people from everywhere walked by the fluttering Ikea flags outside and the balloons inside towards the store entrance.
In contrast to the store’s soft opening ‘Family Day’ on March 7, the opening day was extremely crowded. According to a resident of Al Gharaffa, the people were made to wait outside the store as the opening was delayed until 1pm.
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