Eid Mubarak! Whether this is your first time spending Eid Al Adha in Qatar, or if you have been here for many years, the list of ways to spend your free time at this special time grows every year.
A Feast of Sacrifice explains the significance of Eid Al Adha, a special time for Muslims around the world. The beginning of Eid sees families spending quality time together, and later in the holiday eating and shopping with friends, and taking the family for days out.
Qatar Summer Festival
Venues such as Katara, Souq Waqif and The Pearl-Qatar will be running family-friendly activities, many of which are free to the public. Check out the last few days of the Qatar Summer Festival taking place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre and various other venues – there are dozens of games, sports competitions and dance performances to keep everyone entertained. See the full list of activities here.
Meanwhile Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra are holding a festival starting on the first day of Eid. Lasting for five days, activities start at 4 pm, most of which will take place inside an air-conditioned tent due to the hot weather. There are games for the little ones, and a number of cultural and artistic events. This year’s event coincides with the opening of Al Wakra Beach for families, so take your towel and have a paddle!
Hotels in the country have lined up some exclusive packages this Eid. From complimentary recreation facilities access to complimentary wi-fi, the staycation deals are the best bet to save big this summer. Get the listing here. Eid is the time to check out the lavish brunch buffets at Qatar hotel restaurants!
The Museum of Islamic Art also has a park with green spaces, cafes and children’s areas. Why not pop in to the museum itself and see one of the exhibitions – Imperial Threads has some magnificent carpets, while Power and Damask presents Islamic arms and armour from the private collection of Fadel Al Mansoori. Entrance is free!
Explore the Outdoors
Love to go on a long drive? How about a road trip to Bir Zekreet? Check out this handy guide to Bir Zekreet, the bay to the northeast of Dukhan, might be a refreshing change from the usual lazy Friday routine.
In the evenings when the weather is cooler Aspire Zone is a popular choice for families to take picnics, use the outdoor fitness equipment, and generally relax in the lush greenery (so refreshing to see here!). Doha’s corniche is perfect for a stroll along the 7 km promenade, and to take a dhow trip across the bay.
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Please note: On the first day of Eid some malls and restaurants may not open until later in the day or even in the evening, and banks are closed with limited working hours during the holiday. It is worth calling ahead first.