The country’s longest festival, Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) is set to return from 14 June to 31 August. Held under the theme “Colour Your Summer”, the festival invites residents and visitors to kick off the season’s festivities with special Eid Al-Fitr celebrations which will be held over the first week of QSF.
Mashal Shahbik, Director of Festivals and Tourism Events at QTA, commented “Over the years, QSF has grown to become synonymous with family-friendly activities, entertainment, hospitality and shopping offers that bring colour to everyone’s summer. In its fifth edition, we are particularly excited to add special activities for sports fans to enjoy the world’s most anticipated football tournament” She added, “The summer festivities, which this year extend from Eid Al Fitr to the end of August, form a key part of our efforts to energise the tourism sector through diversifying Qatar’s events calendar and tourist source markets."
Qatar Fan Zone
As this year’s edition coincides with the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, QSF has partnered with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Ministry of Sports and Culture, to bring Qatar Fan Zone to Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena. The fan zone’s activations will kick off on and continue until the World Cup final on >span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1497613125" tabindex="0">Sunday, 15 July. Entry to the Qatar Fan Zone is free, offering all residents and visitors an opportunity to keep up with the excitement surrounding the month-long Russia World Cup tournament in an atmosphere that emulates the World Cup vibes.
In addition to live screenings of all matches, the zone will feature live entertainment and concerts, a gaming and activation area, and more than 40 food stalls.
Mall Entertainment & Shows
From the first to the fifth day of Eid Al Fitr Eid, QSF’s participating malls will be putting on special free entertainment shows for shoppers and families looking for some indoor fun. In addition, the following shows will be performed three times a day on rotation at all participating malls:
The Fluffy Bears (20 minutes); Aladdin & The Genie (25 minutes); Beauty & The Beast Adventure Parade (30 minutes); Madagascar: A Musical Adventure (45 minutes); and Disney Princesses Parade (45 minutes).
And, for a flavor of local tradition, the Qatari Ardha dance (20 minutes) can also be enjoyed across malls this Eid.
QSF’s participating malls include AlKhor Mall, AlMirqab Mall, B Square Mall, Doha Festival City, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Landmark Mall and Mall of Qatar. Lagoona Mall is also participating with special World Cup activities, allowing shoppers to watch the tournament’s matches live.
The QSF family favourite returns to open its doors to the public on the first day of Eid Al Fitr. Spread out over the expansive ground floor of the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center, the City’s key features include the world’s largest bouncy castle, an 18-hole mini-golf course, an ice skating rink, exciting rides, skill games, video games, as well as live entertainment shows.
Visitors to the City will also be able to keep up with the World Cup excitement through while enjoying food, beverage and shopping options. It will be open daily from 2:00pm to 11:00pm. An individual entry ticket costs QAR 15 and a day pass is for QAR 150. Individual game prices range from 10 QAR to 35 QAR.
Shop & Win
Retailers at 11 participating malls will be offering up to 50% discounts and special promotions. For every QAR 200 spent at any of the outlets in QSF’s participating malls, shoppers can enter three raffle draws for a chance to win one of 27 exciting cash prizes worth QAR 2,000,000 or a Lamborghini Hurricane (2018 model) super car.
All throughout QSF, nearly 50 of Qatar’s five- and four-star hotels are providing a range of offers and discounts on brunches, beach and pool access, accommodation and spa treatments. To find out which hotel is offering what, guests can visit qatarsummerfestival.qa
Follow the Fun
Visitors and residents wishing to stay up to date with key events being held in Qatar, can also follow the Qatar Events Calendar’s dedicated social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram (@QatarCalendar), Facebook (Facebook.com/QatarCalendar) and Snapchat (QatarCalendar).
All images courtesy of QTA
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