The fifth edition of the Summer Entertainment City (SEC) is all-out this year as 2018's theme is more inclined on entertainment and family—compared to last year's more sports-based concept—with the major facilities mind-blowingly expanded!
Still a key part of the country's longest festival, SEC 2018 is one of the biggest events lined up for the 5th edition of the Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) organized by the Qatar Tourism Authority. This year, the festival is under the theme: 'Color Your Summer.'
With more than 75 attractions—excluding food stalls and the mini Souq (which we will be tackling in a separate article)—to check out inside Doha's biggest indoor amusement park to date, you'll surely never run out of things to do once inside the posh and massive Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
With that, here are five of the most unique and worth-checking out attractions at the newly-opened SEC 2018!
Since it's the FIFA World Cup season, SEC 2018 has dedicated a football fan zone where people can watch the matches LIVE! Besides cheering for their favorite teams, families can also play a variety of football-related games including a place where they will be challenged to score a goal and get rewarded instantly. Live entertainments such as cultural parades, clowns, and acrobats also linger the fan zone area every couple of hours to make the ambiance more exciting. Adding up to the 'sport fever' is an 18-hole mini golf course wherein all ages can test their aiming skills.
The organizers want to engage kids in a different environment with a dedicated digital playground thus the inclusion of the ever-advanced Virtual Reality Park, which is being introduced for the first time in Qatar. In this area, your imagination will most likely fleet in free air with VR attractions such as the VR Space Trip and VR Flight Stimulator up for grabs!
A mini zoo featuring live animals is one of the major attractions at the venue. This popular attraction among kids showcase different animals and breeds after every two weeks. Ponies, rabbits, kangaroos, sheep, goats, and tortoises are available for feeding and playing with this week, while llamas, ostriches and peacocks are set to enthrall kids and kids at heart next week! How cool is that?
This innovative feature is new this year and parents are lining up the long queue to sign up their little ones! From the name itself, the mini-driving school gives a real-road experience to children—with professional trainers and legit street signs scattered within the area! Besides the basics of driving, safety on the road is also a key aspect to learn as your kid drives his way to acquire his/her mini-driving license!
A huge hit among fun-seekers of all ages, SEC's Bounce Castle is deemed as the world's largest indoor bouncy castle and it's not hard to see why! The vibrant colors, gigantic slides, mini-basketball courts, and mini-bouncy maze will surely make you run, jump, and laugh to the fullest as this Bounce facility is specially intended not just for kids but for the whole family!
Besides these five, visitors can also enjoy an ice skating rink, a robot goalie, a slingshot ride, and a 42-stall food court to name a few, as well as live cultural parades. The theme park's map is attached above for your reference.
Duration: June 15 - August 31, 2018
Timings: 2 PM - 11 PM daily
Entrance fee: 15 QR
Day pass ticket price: 150 QR
Whole festival pass ticket price: 699 QR
Have you visited the Summer Entertainment City 2018 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre yet? If yes, what was your favorite attraction? Drop us a line in the comment section belpw and also, don't forget to like and share this article, it keeps us going!
(Images courtesy of QSports)
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