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4 December 2018 02:27 pm

Annual festivals happening in Qatar during the BER months!

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No matter what time of year you visit, you’re likely to come across a special event or festival to add a little extra spice to your vacation. The State of Qatar hosts a series of festivals focusing on different themes, ranging from the ever-popular Qatar International Food Festival (happening every March) and year-round film festivals such as Qumra and Ajyal as organized by the Doha Film Institute.  

Besides food and film, other local festivals focus on aspects of culture as diverse as pearl diving, kite, book, film and dhow boats. 

In addition, there are a number of seasonal and holiday festivals—including the spring festival at Souq Waqif and the nationwide summer and Eid festivals. 

Well in the case of Ber months—which are considered the four most festive months in the Gregorian calendar—when festivals in Qatar are in moderation but still offer quite a lot of things to do and landmarks to visit, multiple day events range from exhibitions, art and book fairs, and a much-anticipated film festival for the whole family!

For the complete list of upcoming festivals happening in Qatar over the Ber months, keep on scrolling!

Note: This list doesn't include the Qatar National Day (December 18) as it is not considered a festival and is celebrated for one day only. 

SEPTEMBER

The Big 5 Qatar

The Big 5 Qatar
(Source: The Big 5 Qatar's website)

Type of event: Construction
Date: September 24-26, 2018
Venue: Doha Exhibition and Convention Center

Under the Patronage of H.E Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani The Prime Minister and the Ministry of Interior comes The Big 5 Qatar (TB5Q) construction event series. A brand new event for the Built Environment industry in Qatar, TB5Q is a multi-section show covering products relating to Plant Machinery and Vehicles, Concrete, Construction Tools & Building Materials, MEP Services, Building Envelope & Special Construction, Construction Technologies & Innovations and Building Interiors & Finishes. 

The event will provide suppliers with a unique, targeted platform, unlike any other regional event, to meet buyers and decision-makers involved in projects within the region. Supported by Qatar Tourism Authority, Tb5Q will provide the best possible platform for companies looking to grow their business in a market busy with preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the long-term Qatar Vision 2030. A new event, with a fresh approach, to enable you to expand and develop your business in this lucrative market.

For more information on TB5Q, check out their contact details below!

Website: https://www.thebig5-qatar.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBi...
Telephone number: (+974) 4452 79145

The International Wedding Exhibition and Fashion Show Doha 2018

The International Wedding Exhibition and Fashion Show Doha 2017
(Source: The Peninsula)

Type of event: Wedding, fashion
Date: September 26-30, 2018
Venue: Doha Exhibition and Convention Center

The eleventh edition of the International Wedding Exhibition and Fashion Show Doha (IWED) will run for 5 days and just like its former years, will specialize in wedding requirements and fashion shows. For 2018, the organizers have chosen the peak season for weddings and engagements in the country and they promise to collect some of the best wedding and parties services companies in one exhibition—this September!

Website: https://www.iwed2018.com/
Email address: [email protected]
Telephone number: (+974) 4465 0211

OCTOBER

Qatar International Art Festival 2018

Qatar International Art Festival 2018

Type of event: Arts and crafts
Date: October 31 - November 4, 2018
Venue: TBA

Are you looking to participate in a festival, exhibition, creative collective, art project, tour, or live painting in Qatar? Well if your answer is a resounding yes, then your wait is over as MAPS International Presents the 'Qatar International Art Festival 2018.' 

All professionals and novices are invited to join and witness the fusion of over 200 artists from all over the world for 6 epic days under one roof! The line-up of diverse art-related activities includes gallery and exhibition, live painting, master classes, cultural city tours, an award ceremony, gala night, and more! 

Register HERE as early as now!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event...
Email address: [email protected]
Telephone number: (+974) 5056 5700, 5560 3845

Sustainability Summit 2018

Sustainability Summit 2018

Type of event: Climate change
Date: October 23-24, 2018
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Doha

Join the brightest minds in the world of sustainability! The Sustainability Summit, organized by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development, is a must-attend event of 2018. This is where practitioners, experts, regulators and researchers come together to discuss various topics on sustainability and climate change.

Website: https://www.sustainabilitysumm...
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/event...

NOVEMBER

6th International Tango Festival Doha 

Type of event: Dance, entertainment
Date: November 1-3, 2018
Venue: Intercontinental Doha the City's Al Jawhara Ballroom

Learn Tango from top-class maestros from Argentina, Turkey and France. Last few seats are remaining for workshops so buy your tickets now HERE

It's never too late to Tango! Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding Doha's 6th International Tango Festival!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dohat...
Email address: [email protected]

DECEMBER

Doha International Book Fair 2018

Doha International Book Fair 2018
(Source: brocadeblue.com)

Type of event: Literature
Date: November 29-December 5, 2018 
Venue: Intercontinental Doha the City's Al Jawhara Ballroom

Calling all bookworms! With the participation of hundreds of publishing houses representing 30+ countries in the world, The 28th Doha International Book Fair is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and kicks off every last week of November until the December's first week.

Website: http://dohabookfair.qa/#/
Email: [email protected]
Telephone number/s: (+974) 4438 9888, 6622 9966

Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2018

Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2018
(Source: AllandaboutQatar)

Type of event: Film, family 
Date: November 28-December 3, 2018 
Venue: Katara Cultural Village

The biggest gathering of kids, talents, celebrities, movies, and the whole family is back for its sixth year as the Ajyal Youth Film Festival is set to showcase feature length and short films from around the world for six long days in Qatar! The festival seeks to inspire cultural dialogue among young audiences in the country by bridging gaps and bringing generations together through activities and events designed to inspire creative interaction among the various sectors of the regional community.

Website: http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajyal...
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doha...

For a timeline of the top news and events that shook Qatar in the first half of 2018, click HERE.

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