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Updated On: 20 January 2023 07:07 pm

Qatar Balloon Festival 2023

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QBF 2023

Event Details:

Location: Old Doha Port, External Green Area, Behind Grand Terminal
Date: 19 January 2023 - 28 January 2023
Time: 04:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: Online
  • Balloon flight - 499QR
  • General Entry (viewing) - It's free!
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[UPDATE AS OF 19 JANUARY 2023, 7 pm]

The organizers have informed that due to windy weather conditions, the hot air balloons will not fly on 19 Jan 2023 but other activities are still on!


The Qatar Balloon Festival 3rd edition is a 10-day fun-filled family event with a spectacularly colorful display of over 50 Hot Air Balloons participating from around the world.

NOTE: Limited seats are available

Date and Timings:

  • January 19 - 28, 2023 - 4 pm to 10 pm

Gather your friends, family, and loved ones to join you in the unforgettable spectacle of Hot Air Balloons of a variety of shapes and sizes. The event has been scheduled to subsequently follow after the FIFA World Cup 2022 which is a major event of highlight in the country.

Sunrise Balloon Launches

  • The sunrise launches are going to be just as the name says, at sunrise, and if you do not want to miss them you will have to wake up a tad bit earlier and either watch the skies or come join in at our take-off points and witness the launching of over 50 balloons!

Tethered Flights

  • While you are enjoying the performances and indulging in the delicious eats from different cuisines at the food & beverage area and your kids are having fun at the gaming zone you will have a chance to witness a Hot Air Balloon professionally tied and secured to the ground while it will be floating just above you. The tethered balloons are just as interactive and engaging and if you’re lucky you might get a chance to experience a tethered balloon flight.


  • As the night will set over Doha and the festivities go on, enjoy a unique sighting of illuminated Balloons stacked next to each other while the pilots assure, they are glowing in the dark in perfect rhythm accompanied by the festival’s musical events from the main stage, creating a lovely vibrant atmosphere and an experience like no other.


  • What is a Festival without great dance and music performances? There is always something to watch for at the festival and this year a variety of performers, music bands, DJs, and singers, are set to wow audiences at the 10-day event.
    An extensive lineup of singers, music bands/groups, dancers, magic show, DJs, violinists, mascots, jugglers, and others has been set up to provide entertainment and enhance the overall festival experience for visitors.


  • In addition to being fascinated by the striking display of Hot Air Balloons, the younger crowd will have more to look forward to. A special arena has been designated for all kinds of different games that young and adults can enjoy during their visit to the festival.

Food kiosks and trucks

  • It will be double the pleasure for foodies out there as the festival will have plenty of choices for food, which will be available at various kiosks and trucks spread across the venue.

Enjoy the music and entertainment, food, novelties, and so much more!

How to get to the Qatar Balloon Festival - Old Doha Port

Qatar Balloon Festival 2023
Image Credit: Qatar Balloon Festival
  • Parking: There is free parking around the festival area at Old Doha Port
  • Drop-off & valet: Festival visitors can be dropped off, and paid valet services will be available
  • Public transport: Old Doha Port will be accessible via bus routes 538, M113 & M315
  • Dhow transportation: Paid Dhow transfers will be provided
  • Private boat parking: Allocated marina ports will be available for private boat users
  • Note:
    • Festival area is a 5-10 min and a 23-minute walk from Box Park.
    • Festival area is a 3-minute drive and a 15-minute walk from Chabrat Al Mina(seafood market).

Source and image credit: Qatar Balloon Festival