Summer in Qatar Eid activities

There's plenty of exciting things to do this Eid in Doha

Summer in Qatar Eid activities

The biggest and most exciting festival Summer in Qatar comes to a close August 16, but there’s still plenty of time for that and loads to do before it ends.

From free family entertainment to hospitality and retail deals, there are curated offerings in entertainment, culture, and sports.

So if you’re around town this Eid, look forward to a host of urban and family-friendly things to do as part of the summer programme organised by QNTC.

Cultural festivities
Souq Waqif, Souq Al Wakrah and Katara Cultural Village will host vibrant Eid festivities, with cultural performances, musical acts and special games for children throughout Eid from 4pm until 10pm.

If you’re worried about the heat, don’t be. All the Eid festivities will be held in a large air-conditioned tent in Al Ahmed arena, and will feature a variety of games and children’s shows. Souq Waqif Art Centre will hold arts and crafts workshops for children.

Souq Al Wakrah will feature entertainment and acrobatics shows.

New activations during Eid include a Horror House (Budria) that contains games requiring courage, determination and endurance, and are prohibited for those below 12 years.

The festival will feature a large tent with a variety of games, with more by the waterfront.

Electric cars will further facilitate visitor movement between the different activations and main facilities at the souq.

Activities for children will be spread out along the Katara beachfront between 5pm and 10pm. Katara will distribute Eid gifts to children 9pm onwards and visitors will be able to enjoy a parade by the police academy’s marching band at 8pm.

Katara’s planetarium will offer exciting 3D screenings of Dawn of the Space Age on the second day of Eid, The Perfect Little Planet on the third day of Eid and Space Man on the fourth day.

Arabic language screenings will be at 5pm and English language screenings at 7pm. The day will end with a display of fireworks, which you shouldn’t miss.

Mohamed Al Salem, director Souq Waqif commented: “Eid Al Adha festivities will begin on the 2nd day of Eid, and will offer fun for families and kids for five days. Souq Waqif is a favourite destination for both residents and visitors looking to enjoy Doha during the Eid holidays." Al Salim added that “the Eid festivities, will be held in.”

Beach relaxation
This Eid, women and families can enjoy sun, sand and snacks at Simaisma Beach and Katara Beach.

Located between The Pearl and West Bay in Doha, Katara Beach has children’s play areas, water rides and food stalls, along with a variety of shops and restaurants in the Cultural Village itself.

For a break from the city, families can head to Simaisma, which stretches over 7km, has 76 seating areas with umbrellas, food trucks, horseback riding and a set up for volleyball and football.
Open from 9am until 11pm, entry to the beach costs QR50 per car.

Family entertainment
Entertainment City will reopen in time for Eid Al Adha from August 9-23, with games, food, beverages and shopping.

Individual entry tickets cost QR15 with day passes for QR150 and games priced between QR10-35 each.

All participating malls will have roaming shows and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Malls include Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall, Landmark Mall, Gulf Mall, Tawar Mall, Al Khor Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Al Mirqab Mall and The Mall.

Concerts and shows
Summer entertainment will continue with live shows and concerts at Qatar National Convention Centre.

Blue Man Group inaugurates the month’s festivities from August 14-17.

The Doha Comedy Festival returns for one more night with British-Iranian Omid Djalili, Lebanese-American Nemr and Qatar’s own Hamad Al-Amari taking the stage on August 15.

Arab singer Kadim Alsaher will enthrall audiences on August 16 and 17.

For those who love a good story, Qatar National Theatre will be home to Kuwaiti play Khutuat AlShaytan from the first day of Eid until August 17.
Tickets are available at www.gofortickets.com/.

Shop and win
A few weeks remain to enjoy mega shopping discounts of up to 70 percent, which end August 16.

You have one more chance to win at the final raffle draw, taking place on August 16 at Mall of Qatar.

Prizes include cash and a car worth up to QR2mn and the grand prize is a McLaren Spider 570s (2018 model).

Hospitality deals
Families can enjoy all-inclusive staycations at hotels offering discounts of up to 40 percent until August 16 along with several additional incentives and promotions at the facilities.

Participating hotel groups include Katara Hospitality, Al Rayyan Hospitality hotels and Marriott International hotels in Qatar.
www.summerinqatar.qa.

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