The Villagio Mall in Doha, Qatar, is rather absurdly designed to look like an Italian hill town. And, pushing that Italian theme to the max, it is also home to Gondolania, a themed area that hosts a go-karting track and bowling alley. It also has little canals running through it, complete with gondoliers. It’s just like Venice, honest.
Villaggio Mall is a shopping mall located in the Aspire Zone in the west end of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. It is located on Al Waab street between the Hyatt Plaza and Sports City and has over 200 stores, including many famous brands in the U.S., U.K., Italian and German markets.
Inside, the interiors are Italianate-themed both as an Italian hill town, but also with a 150-meter long indoor canal with gondolas.
The Mall was partially re-opened on September 20, 2012, after meeting strict safety standards following the May fire that resulted in 19 lost lives. Portions of the mall remain closed as a result however, the food court, ice rink, movie theater, Carrefour hypermarket, and many stores are open for business with more opening as they are able to restock their shelves.