DOHA: Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is offering a free “park and ride” shuttle bus service to take visitors from the Q-Post office to the Qatar Summer Festival 2014 venues, including Doha Exhibition Center (DEC), where the Family Fun activities are taking place, and the Corniche, where the Fountain Fun activities are taking place, until September 27. The bus departs from the Q-Post office and passes by the two stations in one trip.
The bus will run every hour from 3pm to 10pm. On weekends, the bus will be available from 2pm to 11pm. The service features Doha Bus, Doha’s first tour bus, which gives visitors a good sightseeing experience.
Since the start of the festival on August 4, QTA has offered the shuttle service for various reasons, including high demand.
“We saw the shuttle bus service as being an essential part of this festival in helping facilitate the flow of visitors, easing traffic around Doha and helping eliminate any possible parking problem. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to get to the venues and enjoy the festival activities without having to deal with transport, and to ensure that our visitors get from point A to B as safely as possible. We chose the touristic Doha Bus due to their appealing facilities,” said Mashal Shahbik, Eid In Qatar & Qatar Summer Festival Project Manager.
As part of the Qatar Summer Festival 2014, QTA has converted DEC into a 10,000-square-metre indoor entertainment city featuring activities and programmes that cater to people of all ages; from extreme sports for adults to soft play areas for kids. The DEC has been split into zones, with dedicated games areas, including professional skateboarding ramps and bouncy castles, a food court area, and a retail area. There is also a stage for Baraem TV for plays and performances.
Baraem TV will be staging a 45-minute play encouraging and educating children about social values, cooperation and goodwill, every weekend. The shows will start at 4.30pm and 8.15pm every Friday and Saturday from August 8 to September 27.
The DEC entertainment city will be open from 3pm to 11pm on weekdays, and from 2pm to midnight on weekends. Although entry is free, there are tickets for taking part in the activities, priced between QR5 and QR30. Only cash payment is accepted.
At the Corniche, the first venue the shuttle bus stops at, there are daily dancing fountain shows until the end of the festival. During the week, the fountain show runs at 30-minute intervals from 7pm to 11pm, and on weekends it runs from 6pm to 12pm at 45-minute intervals.