Shop Online, Ship to Qatar
New malls might be popping up fast in Doha—but that doesn’t necessarily make shopping in the city any easier. While you can always get what you need, you can’t always get exactly what you want. Luckily, there are many websites that ship internationally, so we rounded up some of the best retailers that will ship for a low rate (or even free).
Everything but the kitchen sink
This Chinese e-commerce website is geared towards overseas buyers, so everything is searchable in English, with prices listed in Qatari Riyals. Sometimes the search terms can be a bit wonky, but the prices make it worth trawling through. AliExpress is used by individual Chinese sellers, so shipping costs will vary. However, a surprising number of sellers will ship globally for free, while others will ship for a very nominal price. Do check seller feedback to make sure the product is legit.
Shipping options vary by seller
Amazon will ship certain items directly to Qatar. Shipping direct from Amazon is often cheaper than using a third-party shipper, although it is usually slower. The US site tends to have a better selection and cheaper prices, although you will get tax back from the UK version.
Shipping options vary by seller but are calculated before purchase, including import taxes
Ebay is incredibly cheap for anything that isn’t rare or considered a collector’s item. Many individual sellers outsource their shipping to Ebay’s Global Shipping Program, which has standardised the delivery process and calculates all shipping fees prior to purchase. Packages are also tracked, so you can keep tabs on your purchase. That said, it’s often cheaper (though riskier) to work with individual sellers who organise international shipping themselves.
Shipping options vary by seller; the Global Shipping Program rates start from USD 35
There are plenty of overseas retailers willing to ship their clothes all the way out to Qatar for a small fee or free over a certain amount. For example, Monsoon, specialising in women’s and children’s clothes, including occasion wear and plus-size clothing, offers free shipping for orders over QR 350. Abercrombie & Fitch offers classic American styles for men and women (flat shipping fee of USD 20). Sister brands Abercrombie Kids and Hollister also have the same flat fee for international orders. Boden will ship their excellent collection of womenswear, as well as menswear and children’s clothing, to Qatar for a flat fee of GBP 12. Jack Wills offers free shipping on their menswear and womenswear for GBP 14.95.
This online retailer stocks a fresh mix of high-end and high-street clothing brands for both women and men, with more harder-to-find sizes and maternity options than you can find in Doha. ASOS also ships beauty products like The Ordinary and Foreo skincare devices and makeup brands like Bourjois and Rimmel London. Returns are a snap, as you can send it back through the local post office with a pre-printed label. Just be aware that this is not a free service.
GBP 6 for standard delivery (free over GBP 30)
The online selection of this clothing and homeware retailer is much better than the offerings in their store locations. Their online items are very practical for both home and the office, but we also appreciate their cute and quirky take on kids’ clothing.
Free shipping via Aramex for orders over QR 160 within four working days
This high-end British department store offers a massive range of clothing, homeware, and baby gear. The women’s section stocks a number of popular British labels, including Reiss, Whistles, Hobbs and Jigsaw. But it’s the baby department that really shines, with plenty of adorable clothing and quality toys. Unfortunately, they don’t normally ship baby travel gear, like strollers or car seats, but you can check with their export department if you’re willing to shell out extra for shipping.
GBP 10/shipping + QR 20 Aramex fee
If you are a frequent online shopper, then you’ll definitely want a Selfridges+ Global Subscription. You get unlimited deliveries to most destinations (great for gifting the family back home). Selfridges stocks luxury men’s and women’s clothing, kids’ clothing and accessories, high-end beauty products, homeware, gadgets, and even food. There’s very little, it seems, that they won’t ship. And as Qatar is outside the EU, you enjoy tax-free shopping, too.
GBP 40 annually for unlimited deliveries
Marks & Spencers
Another department store readily found in malls around Qatar, Marks & Spencers online is an excellent option for clothes as well as bedding and bath items. We especially like their lingerie and maternity options. Returns are made simple with door-to-door service via DHL for QR 60.
Free standard shipping for orders over QR 175
Health and beauty
This American website has an incredible range of health, beauty and baby care items. It’s got everything from matcha powder to Korean beauty masks to menstrual cups. It’s also a go-to source for reasonably priced protein powder. You can usually get 10–15 percent off on your first order, and you build up loyalty credit with each order as well. They also offer the option to pay cash on delivery.
Shipping costs vary, but usually averages around USD 20 per order
Skip those overpriced and understocked pharmacies for this Hong Kong-based website that stocks must-have beauty and skincare brands like Kerastase, Shiseido, Estee Lauder, Dermalogica, Obagi, and Mario Badescu. Designer fragrances and makeup products are also on offer here, for better prices than at a brick-and-mortar shop.
Free standard shipping (4–6 days) for orders over QR 110, although surcharges apply for fragrance and hair care products
Homewares, gifts and more
Tired of the samey-samey IKEA accessories in your kitchen drawer? Then check out this adorable online shop that sells homeware that will appeal to your inner child. There’s Nessie tea infusers, King Arthur egg cups, squirrel-shaped cookie cutters, sardine paperclips and a bunch more quirky nonsense.
Free global shipping for orders over USD 25
Bring a splash of colour into your living space with prints from your favourite artists and photographers (or an original piece, if you’ve got the dosh). Artwork will generally arrive rolled up in a tube, although there is an option to have it flat packed for an extra charge.
Free global shipping for orders over GBP 50
Get your next read off Book Depository, which offers free shipping to Qatar. They stock over 20 million books in a wide variety of categories, with a robust children’s section. While shipping is usually within a week or two, it’s not unusual for orders to take a bit longer—keep this in mind if ordering a birthday or holiday gift.
Free global shipping, with no minimum spend
Etsy is the go-to place for one-of-a-kind handmade items that you simply can’t get anywhere else. Like Ebay, there are plenty of Etsy sellers willing to ship their wares all the way out to Qatar. While it’s rare to encounter a vendor that offers free shipping, there are many that will ship for a fair price (think somewhere between USD 10–20).
Shipping options vary by seller
Many retail websites do not offer international shipping, particularly when it comes to digital items. In this case, it might make sense to use a third-party shipper—a company that will forward your purchases to you in Qatar. Just be aware that some companies refuse to deliver to shipping agents.
By far the most popular option in Qatar, Aramex Shop & Ship gives you addresses from a wide variety of countries to use when shopping online, including the US, U.K., Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore (among many, many others). A lifetime subscription costs QR 164. Shipping rates are based on weight, with the first half kilogram costing QR 43, and every half kilo thereafter costing QR 35.
If you have your heart set on American brands, then Borderfree is for you. Not exactly a third-party shipping service, they are actually a portal through which you can buy everything from American Apparel and WWE-branded gear to L.L.Bean and Dr. Martens, as well as luxury threads from department stores like Barney’s New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Shipping rates vary by retailer, some offer free shipping while others charge a hefty sum.
QPost has entered the e-commerce game with Connected, which gives you access to US and U.K. retailers. The base fee is QR 50 from the US and QR 60 from the U.K.; items can be held for up to 21 days so you can take advantage of bundling discounts for any subsequent packages. Weight charges are QR 4.6 per 100 grams from the US and QR 2.9 per 100 grams from the U.K., although the latter may charge by volumetric weight if that figure is higher. While QPost is competitive on price, they are comparatively slow.
A bit more global than Connected, MyBox offers shipping addresses in the US, U.K., China, and Canada. To ship a 1-kg item from any of these address to Qatar is QR 70.
If you are a fan of American brands, then MyUS.com is possibly the better deal. Sign up for a free account and take advantage of their tax-free shipping service. MyUS.com gives you a selection of shipping options. For instance, a 1-lb item can cost as little as USD 12.99 through USPS or as much as USD 56 through DHL. Paid account members can get extras like package consolidation, storage and even mail forwarding services.
A free account gets you an EU and two US addresses. This one is not as straightforward, as there are two US-based address to select from, with one offering cheaper shipping, and the other offering tax-free shopping. Again, you can select from a variety of shipping companies that vary in speed and pricing. A 1-lb item from the California address will range from USD 14 through Aramex to USD 52 through FedEx.
Another good option for orders from US-based retailers, Stackry gives you 60 days to consolidate all your packages into one shipment. They will also repack your US purchases for USD 5 per package, which is helpful for frequent Amazon shoppers. That said, they are relatively more expensive. A 1-lb package ships from USD 22.50 with DHL, so savings come from the ability to repackage and combine multiple shipments together.