My adventure in West Bay area was already in extra time. But it didn’t break my spirit to keep exploring new destinations in the vicinity. I wasn’t in a hurry to leaving West Bay, even though my steps had arrived at Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC) and DECC MRT station gate was already tempting in front of my eyes. In the midday heat, I made my way to a modern shopping center in this business district. It was the luxury in it that attracted me to explore this entire modern mall.
Arriving at a large T-junction, I took a right to follow the flow of vehicles on Conference Center Street. Three hundred meters later I entered City Center Doha malls’s drop off path. I didn’t go straight into it, but I tried to get the best picture in front yard of this famous shopping mall. Understandably, I had to queue with other impromptu photographers.
I slowly started to enter a mall entrance. Through an automatic glass door, I slowly stepped stairs on the right and found a information desk right in the middle of room. Meanwhile, to the left of mall entrance, you can see a large replica of a dhow boat which is a model of a traditional Middle Eastern ship. While behind the information desk, is an ice rink arena.
Stepping floor-by-floor, I felt like playing “hide and seek” with African-looking security guards. Looks like they’ve been watching me for a long time. Maybe my arrival that didn’t look like to shopping and was just busy taking floor-to-floor photos made them watch me. I sometimes just sit on a few chairs provided on several sides of this mall. After they seem off guard, then I would immediately take pictures of some points which I targeted.
The mall roof made from glass made my curiosity unstoppable, through the escalator I stepped one by one CCD floor until it was right under the roof. Looked so beautiful the view of skyscrapers tip.
Then from top floor I started to explore mall corridor on right to see some well-known stores such as QuiCksilver apparel from Australia, Columbia Sportswear from America, Adidas from Germany, Sun & Sand Sports and also Max Fashion from Dubai.
Please note that this mall is connected to three international standard hotels, namely Shangri-La Doha, Marriot Marquis Hotel and Rotana City Center Doha. It occupies an area of 14 hectares and has 350 shops in it. Built by Aamal Company Q.P.S.C, the retail market leader in Qatar. This is the largest shopping mall in West Bay area which is located right in the heart of business district
Before ending my visitation, I went down to ground floor to see restaurant area. I saw that there was a place which was so crowded compared to other places in same location, i.e dining tables in front of House of Tea, a cafe company from Qatar.
That was a little story about City Center Doha which is the largest modern shopping center in West Bay area.