The circus and carnival based at Hyatt Plaza has proven to be a “huge success” according to officials, who claimed that the response to this year’s attraction has been better than ever before.
The circus features performers from across Europe, with participants who had never met each other before coming from Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and other countries to take part in the carnival.
An official from the circus explained that the show has been very popular with school parties and corporate groups, with around 800-900 people attending the event every day.
The Master of Ceremonies, Olga Zaitseva, said that the experience of being a part of the circus had been “amazing” and said that she and the other performers would love to come back to Qatar in the future.
“The welcome has been so warm, and everyone has been so nice,” she said, adding that the circus is a “wonderful attraction for the whole family, and not just children.”
“The circus creates a special environment, and some of the things the audience see seem unreal – its like magic,” she added.
Tightrope walker Mastona Sobirova from Tajikistan, who has performed in Qatar before, echoed her sentiments, saying that she was “very happy” to be back here.
Tightrope walking is one of the acts in the circus, which also features clowns, contortionists, magic shows, juggling and plenty of other attractions.
And having already been here for some 25 days, the circus has to change and “mix it up” every night so as to “keep the spice” of the show, explained a spokesperson.
“We have many people who see the show and then bring their friends and family to see it a second time, so we need to keep it fresh.”
Hyatt Plaza general manager Feroz Moideen said: “The circus this year is much better than last year, but we are still not up to our target.”
“We have doubled the attendance figures from last year, but we want to double them again,” he claimed. Referring to problems arising from last year’s circus related to animal welfare enthusiasts in Qatar, Moideen said Hyatt Plaza always aimed to learn from their past, and that they had specifically chosen not to bring in any animal acts this year.
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