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Posted On: 8 May 2011 09:18 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Kite-flyers on a high in Doha family day event(tu)

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The Doha skyline was filled with a variety of kites of different shapes and sizes over the weekend as the Katara International Kites Family Day took place on Friday and yesterday, giving visitors the chance to watch experts and learn how to fly kites. Over the weekend crowds of people attended the event, flying their own creations and taking the opportunity to watch the kites flying above the open-air ampitheatre and beach near the Cultural Village. The event brought together people of all ages and nationalities to take part in a showcase of cultural diversity and great skill, some of which was transferred to enthusiasts who took part in workshops and watched demonstrations. Kite fliers from China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the Netherlands, and the US took part in the event, which saw a huge variety of kites take to the skies, successfully changing many guests’ opinions of what the activity of flying kites involves. Visitors enjoyed the chance to see traditional kites in flight, as well as more modern designs such as the Singaporean team’s Disney-inspired ‘Finding Nemo’ models. The event also featured displays from a number of cultural organisations working at Katara, showcasing a number of local activities such as falconry and calligraphy, and organising other activities. Algannas Society, the Childhood Cultural Center, Qatar Fine Arts Society, Qatar Photographic Society, Qatar Society for Engineers and the Visual Art Center all participated in the weekend’s events. Manager of public relations for Katara, Malika Mohamed al-Shraim said: “This was a first time event, and it was absolutely wonderful to see the huge crowd that gathered here at Katara to celebrate and embrace different cultures.” “We at Katara, would like to thank the visiting kite fliers who did a superb job of entertaining the crowd and encouraging them to get involved in all the creative activities that took place this weekend,” she said, noting “Katara holds the ideal infrastructure, environment, and facilities for such multicultural activities.” “Witnessing the success of this event, Katara hopes to continually host more unique and culturally inspired events reflecting different concepts but of similar magnitude,” added al-Shraim.