IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishing company from Sweden, is now coming to Doha. IKEA Qatar claimed to open in January 2013 but have changed their much-anticipated opening date to 11 March 2013. The home furnishing store is opening for the very time in Qatar at 32,000 square metres with approximately 1,300 car parking, 7,500 articles or items and more than 540 restaurant seats. IKEA Qatar is part of Doha Festival City, an upcomming super-regional mixed use shopping, entertainment and leisure destination located 15km north of downtown Doha.
The IKEA story began in 1943 in the small village of Agunnaryd in Sweden, when founder Ingvar Kamprad was just 17. Since then, the IKEA Group has grown into a major retail experience with 123,000 co-workers in 43 countries/territories generating annual sales of more than 21.5 billion euros.
The IKEA Group is a private group of companies owned by a charitable foundation in The Netherlands. The IKEA Group is active in developing, purchasing, distributing and selling IKEA products. The IKEA group is the biggest group of franchisees operating over 100 IKEA stores. The Management Services to the IKEA Group are provided by IKEA International A/S in Humlebaek, Denmark.
Interesting facts about IKEA:
- IKEA’s catalogues are printed on totally chlorine-free paper and contain at least 10-15% post-consumer waste. No rainforest or old-growth fibres are used. The pre-press process is 100% digital, which means no film is used and none of the associated chemicals. No optical brighteners are used on the paper.
- This year’s IKEA catalogue was produced in 38 editions, in 17 languages for 28 countries. The catalogue offers more than just a glimpse at the diverse IKEA product range.
- There are about 12,000 products in the total IKEA product range. Each store carries a selection of these 12,000 products depending on store size. Specifically, IKEA Qatar will carry 7,500 of these 12,000 products. The core range is the same worldwide.