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Ahmad bin Nasser Al Kuwari, Halal Qatar Festival Manager (left) and Mohammed Al Khulaifi, the Festival Director, announcing the event.
DOHA: Katara, the Cultural Village, is set to launch the 10-day Halal Qatar festival at the Katara Esplanade on Friday.
The second edition of Halal Qatar will try to revive Qatari heritage by providing a glimpse of the country’s forgotten animal trade, bringing to life one aspect of Qatar’s history.
The festival comprises three main activities — a showcase of breeding accessories and equipment used to groom animals, traditional ranches and an auction. In addition, the festival will feature a local competition for the best livestock product.
Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Festival Director, said: “We are proud to present the second edition of Halal Qatar. The festival honours Qatari culture and traditions which we are truly proud of, allowing us to reflect on our past to ensure a stronger future.
“Contributing to Katara’s long-term vision to educate, entertain and demonstrate the importance of cultural exchange, this event provides a platform to promote Qatari history, allowing the youth of Qatar to continue carrying our legacy,” he added.
Halal Qatar will allow members of the public to interact with shepherds and learn the secrets of their trade. The shepherds will provide in-depth information about the livestock and their various types.
In addition, the festival will provide visitors with the opportunity to buy and sell animals through auctions that will take place during the entire festival.
The festival will showcase pens and stables where goats and sheep are bred. Visitors will get to see how Qataris lived in earlier times as they walk through traditional ranches that showcase local lifestyles from the past. Guests will also get to see how the animals are bred.
The festival will include an array of activities and events, the best of Qatar’s handmade arts and crafts as well as traditional food, dairy products, pictures, popular games, old songs and falconry shows.