May 4, 2007

PJ's Birthday

This is the second year that my brother is celebrating his birthday in Qatar. This year, we chose to just dine out at the newly opened T.G.I.Friday's at Villagio Mall. There's really not much choice in Qatar in terms of food variety. There's a lot of resto but most of them offers Arabic, Indian and Oriental (Chinese or Thai) dishes only.

Unfortunately, the "Ribs" we ordered is not what we expected it to be. It's so fatty and sauce served isn't that good. I think, it has some Arabic spice which makes the flavor really strong. Nevertheless, we still enjoyed eating out together.

After the dinner, we strolled around to burn some calories. Villagio Mall is the first and only themed mall in Doha. It has faux-sky ceiling which is the same as the one in Tunisia court of Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai (also a themed mall). One of the areas in the mall even has a night sky (see the slide show). There is also a canal inside the mall and a Gondola but not yet operational. Not much has changed since our last visit in March. Some portion of the mall is still under construction and a lot of shops/boutique are yet to open.

Some of the popular shops found at Villagio include Carrefour, H&M (a Swedish clothing company), Zara, Next, Hush Puppies, etc. There were also a lot of high-end shops, some of which I've only seen in Qatar. But our favorite shop that can only be found in Villagio is the Virgin Mega Store. So far it is the store in Doha with a good collection of books and at cheaper price too.

I am looking forward to the completion of Villagio Mall. I'm sure it has a lot more to offer once construction is completed.

Pictures also available at my Picasa Web Album.

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