‘Eid in Qatar’ festival begins today

 28 Jul 2014 - 3:14


DOHA: Ten major events and activities will simultaneously begin today at various venues as part of ‘Eid in Qatar’ festival organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
QTA has worked with partners for this year’s activities to reflect Qatar’s image, heritage, and deep-rooted culture. 
As part of efforts, partners will organise their events, including folkloric performances, cultural tours, concerts, and other activities that appeal to all ages and interests.
Major shopping centres, including City Centre, Landmark, Lagoona, Al Khor Mall, The Mall and Hyatt Plaza will welcome visitors to shows and performances by over a dozen world-class performers throughout the Eid holidays. 
Many of these shows and performances will be held for the first time in Qatar.
The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage will present traditional Qatari dances and shows by local and Gulf folk bands, in addition to folkloric performances by expat communities.
These shows will take place at the Heritage Village (Rumailah) on the Corniche for four days of Eid from today.
The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs will hold tours of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque in Dafna for five days of Eid from today.
The Pearl-Qatar will present an Eid carnival at the Pearl with shows and performances for children and families at Porto Arabia Parcel from the first to the third day of Eid. 
Aqua Park Qatar will welcome visitors with entertainment shows and cartoon characters for children and families from the first to the fifth day of Eid.
Qatar Shooting and Archery Association has made preparations for a shooting activity at Lusail Shooting Club in Al Khor Coastal road from the first to the sixth day of Eid, while Qatar Air Sports Committee has prepared paragliding tours on the Sealine beach from first to the fifth day of Eid. 
Al Dosari Zoo and Game Reserve in Al Kheireb will be open to the public from the second to the fifth day of Eid.
QTA representatives will be available at Hamad International Airport and the Abu Samra border crossing to welcome guests arriving in Qatar to spend the Eid holidays. 
They will distribute maps, event programmes and promotional materials about tourist attractions in the country.
“We have finalised preparations for ‘Eid in Qatar 2014’ and ensured that there is something for every member of the family,” said Rashed Al Qurese, Director, Marketing and Promotion, QTA.
“We invite residents of Qatar and visitors from the GCC countries to attend exciting and fun activities lined up for this Eid holidays,” he added.
Al Qurese said ‘Eid in Qatar’  aims to raise the number of tourists and position Qatar as a tourist destination with deep cultural roots. 
He said this year’s activities and programmes will offer entertainment shows, tours of Qatar’s landmarks, and options for families to enjoy during Eid holidays.
Last year’s Eid Al Fitr activities and programmes were a big success, with more than 75,000 people visiting Qatar.
The success was a result of efforts QTA and partners made to prepare events and welcome citizens and residents in Qatar and visitors from across the region.