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The Doha Mumtaz Tailor

As a last resort, we head to the Mumtaz tailor to see if he knows where we might find the exact fabric for Little Diamond’s pants. No, says the Mumtaz Tailor, but actually he saw a lot of it just a couple years ago, but it is all gone now.

This tiny little shop, just off Karabaa, is probably not one you would go into if someone hadn’t taken you there.


One of my stitch-group buddies took me on a Doha tour just before she was leaving, took me to all the tiny shops you would never know about if a good friend didn’t take you there. The Mumtaz Tailor is a gold mine. If anyone has just the buttons you need, that zipper in an unusual shade, the lining to go under the cut out brocade – he’s got it, or he knows who does. He also has all the tools-of-the-trade that people who quilt or sew need – good scissors, measuring tapes, embroidery threads, hoops, a whole host of things you don’t even know what they are until you need them. The Mumtaz Tailor has them, tucked inside his fairly small shop, from floor to ceiling, and he knows where they are.

One year, I bought about twenty hajj towels, the very large, thirsty cotton white towels available here in sets of two for men making the hajj to Mecca. I took them to the Mumtaz tailor and he embroidered my family member’s names in English on one end and in Arabic on the other end and I even got to choose the colors. It was the hit of Christmas; a totally unique gift from Doha.

Although he didn’t have the fabric we sought, the minute we walked in I spied a bolt of the only batik fabric I have ever seen in Doha. Six years ago, I bought several meters of this and I have been looking for it ever since, with no success. I bought five more meters. Wooo HOOOOO!


July 17, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Character, Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Qatar, Shopping


  1. πŸ™‚ there you go again, swept by the magic spell!! kuwait too has quite a few of such shops tucked away in corners, a treasure trove when your mind is into some knitting, crocheting, sewing, gifting..! πŸ™‚

    Comment by onlooker | July 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. LLLOOOLLL, Onlooker, not only did I know all the vendors in the Safat souks, but . . . they also knew me, and smiled broadly to see me coming. They knew I was a fool for the perfect button or trim, or the fabric I didn’t even know I was looking for. I have yet to find a good yarn supplier in Doha – I don’t knit, but I have friends who do.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. hi mumtaz ji how you, this is manoj from india,i seen today your profile.

    sir there any jobs in boutique in doha i have 10 year experience in ladies garments.

    Comment by manoj dhiman | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. hi there,

    can you please tell me the location of Mumtaz Tailor.

    Comment by lekha | March 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. I don’t know! Lekha, at one time he said he was moving to the area behind Royal Plaza, but I haven’t seen him there, and I don’t know where he moved to. Wish I did!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 15, 2010 | Reply

  6. Contact Mumtaz Tailors on 4427955.
    They are located near New World Centre

    Comment by Mary | May 30, 2010 | Reply

    • They are behind the New World Centre. Drive past the New World centre,turn right at the rounabout and right again and they are down on the left side.

      Comment by mary | June 8, 2010 | Reply

      • Thank you again, Mary! He has the most amazing variety of things, and almost always just what I need. πŸ™‚

        Comment by intlxpatr | June 9, 2010

  7. Thank you, Mary!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 30, 2010 | Reply

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