Eid Al Adha was celebrated in colourful events in various venues around Qatar.
Qatar Summer Festival Ends with a Grand Eid Celebration
After more than two months of exciting celebrations across the nation, Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) has come to a close.
The country’s longest running festival kicked off in June, to coincide with Eid Al Fitr, and continued through to Eid AlAdha, offering Qatar’s locals, residents and visitors a variety of attractive hospitality, retail and entertainment options.
The QSF centerpiece and family favourite, Entertainment City alone attracted 145,000 visitors to its activities held at DECC throughout the festival.
Over 305,000 vouchers were entered in the QSF Mega Raffle draw representing over 6 million QAR in retail spend.
The conclusion of QSF, marks the end of a series of vibrant festivals held in 2017. Organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and delivered by private sector partners, they are designed to energise the country’s retail and hospitality sectors and boost tourism’s contribution to the national economy. They include the first edition of the month-long Shop Qatar held in the beginning of the year followed closely by the 11-day Qatar International Food Festival in April.
Saif Al Kuwari, Director of PR and Communication at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) commented:
We are very pleased to have our longest ever edition of QSF mark the end of a year of successful nation-wide events in 2017. Creating such a vibrant calendar of annual events would not have been possible without the innovative and collaborative efforts of our partners in the private and public sector. This year, we have been particularly keen to engage and involve local business and entrepreneurs in QTA’s festivals and will continue to seek their input as we work to develop the sector and host even more tourism events in the future.’
Thousands of Asian expats enjoyed mega cultural infotainment events organised by the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs on the first and second days of Eid at Asian Town, Labour City, Barwa Baraha, Al Wakra Sports Club, Al Ahli Sports Club and Barwa Workers Recreation Complex in Al Khor.
Indian, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan artists and popular Asian orchestra teams performed various cultural events in Asian Town, Labour City and Barwa Baraha (playground). Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi Community teams, Indian associations artists including BPQ, Bharathi, TPS, Birla Summer Camp, QTS, Sanskriti, Skills Development Center and Indian Cultural Centre, and other Asian orchestra troupes displayed a number of spectacular shows. Workers were presented with an array of colourful programmes, songs and awareness thematic shows in different venues.
Different departments under the Ministry of Interior including Al Fazaa, General Directorate of Civil Defence, Community Police Department, Criminal Evidences and Investigation Department, General Directorate of Traffic, Human Rights Department along with international Work Relations Department at the Ministry of Administrative Development and Labour took part with a number of awareness programs that helped to educate the workers about workers’ rights and different safety and security measures. The thematic drama on traffic safety, drugs and illegal work in Qatar presented by Sanskriti artists captivated the audience with valuable information.
Popular artists from Nepal such as Rajesh Payel Rai, famous comedian Sandip Chhetri, Chanda Aryal, Pramila Shree Khanal and Amrita Limbu and Nepalese community teams and artists entertained the audiences at Al Ahli Sports Club at Al Ahli Sports Club Stadium on the first two days of Eid.
Pakistani popular artists Shahid Ali Khan, Khalid Malek, Khwaja Masoud, Nadiya Gul, Deepa Kiran and Mariya Khan performed various events for two days in Al Wakrah stadium.
Thousands of gifts flooded for the attendees.
Dignitaries from MOI and MOADLSA participated in the events including Brigadier Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, Director of Public Relations Department; Khalid Abdullah Sultan Al Ghanem, Director of International Workers’ Relations Department at MOADLSA; and Colonel Ghanem Saad AL Khiyarain, head of External Branches at Community Policing Department.
Different Asian community representatives Janan Bangish of Pakistan, Tennison of Sri Lanka and Vishal Mehta, Head of Cultural Activities at ICC, showed their appreciation of the events that enhance camaraderie between Asian expatriates and the Qatari community.
Eid Festival at Katara
All roads lead to Katara as residents celebrated the final day of the Eid festivities held by the beachfront.
The organisers of this year’s Eid festivities spared no effort to bring the eclectic blend of entertainment suited for all ages. The show numbers were at par to Katara’s level of world-class venue for finest entertainment, arts, culture and heritage.
The last day’s events included a series of shadow theatre shows that offered a glimpse of different cultures from different countries. The performances staged against the dark backdrop of the beach front, held the audience spell-bound with its mesmerizing use of light and sound effects to convey the storyline.
A long-standing and much-loved feature of every Eid celebration at Katara is the fireworks display that takes place each night. Swirling patterns and colours lit up the night sky on the last day of the festivities, forming a dazzling reflection on the still waters of the beach – a fitting finalé to the Eid Al Adha 2017 celebrations at the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara.