Back in October you may recall this post: http://qatar-is-calling.blogspot.qa/2015/10/front-garden-furniture-time.html which I added a new seating area to the front garden after tearing out the old rotten impractable shelter.
Well that left a lot of space, and really needed somewhere to sit to eat at a table. After looking at a few shops and seeing who had what, and what was in stock, we settled on a 9 seater 1.6m diameter round table, which had 3 double bench seats and 3 single seats round the round table. The table also had an additional revolving glass tray in the centre.
We purchased the table and chairs (Dallas Dining Set) from Apollo Furniture on Salwa Road as their website listed it a lot cheaper than another reseller in the city (who we were standing in at the time!), on top of this the actual price paid was another 15% off once we were in the shop.
During the high sun in summer there is also the need for some shade, but didn't want a permanent shade like over the seating area, so opted for an umbrella, again the various shops had different styles and colours, but elected for a FR-02-UM28-U201 one similar to the YG-Um34 model from Fiore-Rosso (next door to Landmark Mall) that you can see on this page here: http://www.fiore-rosso.com/products/yg-um34/ The large 3.5m umbrella has a winder for opening and closing the umbrella, the winder handle then detaches and can put into the base for raising and lowering the wheels to move it around, it is a sturdy heavy base that has 4 water tanks in it to provide the weight.
You can also see in the photo above that we also have a couple of sun loungers and a small table these were also purchased from Fiore-Rosso and are really comfy and already had a couple of afternoon snoozes on these!
Loungers + Cushions Model: FR-04-SL01-SL-WI:LR-WF1031CU
Loungers Side Table Model: FR-04-SL01-ST-WI:LR-WF1031
I moved the BBQ to just behind the white fencing next to the shed, which gives easy access to the kitchen via the back door or to the eating area at the front.
Up on the main balcony there have also been a couple of loungers and accompanying small table, as well as a couple of chairs with footstools and a small table, again from Fiore-Rosso. At least up on the balcony you get more of a light breeze(when there is one) to keep you cooler during the summer when the garden itself can be toasty due to being fully enclosed.
All the prices shown in the Fiore-Rosso showroom also were discounted by 20% at the time.
Sofa Set Model: FR-03-SF40-WI-9352-80F-CU:40061-0011-2
As you can see in the photo above the balcony is quite shaded, but this is early in the morning of January, in the summer the sun is on here from about 9 am.
Both Apollo and Fiore-Rosso was excellent, everything was delivered next day first thing in the morning. There was a slight hitch with the dining table set as some of the bolts for the chairs were missing, but the delivery team who were assembling it telephone their office and sent someone out with some more, but they had problems with them also. They said they would be back first thing in the morning with the correct one, but later the same day they turned up again and finished assembling the chairs.
Next up is to maybe add a small table and chair at the back door for breakfast time, or maybe a little private retreat up on the roof :-)