Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) organisers have announced a packed schedule of events that will take place over Eid Al Adha, which coincides with the final week of the Festival. The Eid holiday is set to feature an exciting array of activities, including theatre plays, the summer edition of the Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, and Doha Comedy Festival as well as many free entertainment options for all members of the family.
These Eid activities come in addition to QSF’s enticing hospitality, entertainment and retail offers, which began on June 25 and will continue until Tuesday 5 September.
Saif Al Kuwari, Director of PR and Communication at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), commented:
The activities added to QSF for Eid Al Adha are set to double the joy for Qatar’s residents and visitors, and end the country’s longest running festival on a high note.” He added, “The summer festivities form a key part of our efforts to diversify our products and visitor source markets, in addition to energising the retail and hospitality sectors through a varied and rich events calendar.’
Between 30 August and 3 September, the second rotation of Heya – The Summer Edition, will be held at Mall of Qatar’s luxury section on the ground floor. At the mall-based version of the popular Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, fashion enthusiasts and shoppers will find pop-up shops for popular Qatari fashion names such as QLabel, Abaya-a-Porter and Rebel.
Last chance to shop and win
Shoppers visiting any of the QSF participating malls can benefit from attractive shopping discounts that reach up to 50%. And, for every QAR 200 spent at any of the pop-up shops and retail outlets at participating malls, they can enter the QSF Mega Raffle Draw being held on the final day of QSF (5 September). Raffle ticket holders have the chance to win exciting cash prizes and a super luxury car. Eight winners will go home with QAR 100,000, QAR 50,000 or QAR 20,000 each; and another raffle ticket holder will walk away owning a 2017-model super luxury car. Participating malls include Dar Al Salam, Ezdan Mall, Gate Mall, Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall & Landmark Mall.
Summer Entertainment City
The QSF centrepiece and family favourite will continue to be open daily from 2 pm – 11 pm at Doha Exhibition & Convention Center. An individual entry ticket costs QAR 15 and a day pass costs QAR150. Individual game prices range from QAR 5 – QAR 50.
Special QSF events for Eid Al Adha
Mall Entertainment & Stage Shows
From the first through to the fifth day of Eid Al Adha, QSF’s participating malls will also be putting on free entertainment shows for shoppers and families looking for some indoor fun between 4 pm – 10 pm (Mall of Qatar entertainment will begin earlier at 2 pm).
Tom & Jerry fans are in for a treat this Eid with daily shows at Doha Festival City. The children’s favourite cartoon characters will take to the stage at 4 pm, 7:45 pm and again at 9:15 pm for shows that last half an hour each time.
Residents and visitors are also invited to a journey to Neverland with Peter Pan’s hour-long performances at Lagoona Mall, showing daily at 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.
Acrobatic Ballet and Theatrical Circus troupes will rotate among participating malls to put on three 20-minute shows. The troupes will perform separately and at different malls every day.
Baraem TV’s children’s show characters will take to the stage at Doha Festival City to perform Doing Good Together at 5 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm and lasting for half an hour each time.
The Baraem TV characters will also appear on Mall of Qatar’s Oasis Stage to perform Eid Happiness twice a day at 3 pm and again at 5 pm; the show will last for half an hour each time.
Following a successful debut on Qatar National Theater’s stage, the Arabic play Khosheysha (Hide & Seek) by Al Safliya Media Production will be performed at Entertainment City’s Stage for free over Eid from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The short play teaches children about traditional Qatari values and social customs.
Families can also head to Sealine Beach, Aqua Park, Aspire Park, Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village or Souq Waqif Al Wakrah for a variety of outdoor activities throughout Eid.
In keeping with the popular tradition, the skies above the Katara Cultural Village will light up with fantastic firework displays between 9:30 pm and 9:45 pm from the first to the fourth day of Eid Al Adha.
Stand Up Comedy
On the third day of Eid (Sunday, 3 September), the third summer edition of Doha Comedy Festival will be held, bringing together a diverse line-up of stand-up comedy stars. The show featuring Mo Amer, Maz Jobrani, Nemr Nemr, Vir Das and Qatar’s very own stand-up comedy pioneer, Hamad AlAmmari, is set to be held at Qatar National Convention Centre and will begin at 8.00pm. Tickets in the silver, gold and platinum categories and are still available and selling at QAR 45, QAR 99 and QAR 149 at all branches of Virgin Megastores in Qatar and can be purchased online through the store’s website.
Qatar’s longest running festival will wrap up with a closing event on Tuesday, 5 September at Mall of Qatar’s Oasis stage. The grand finale will kick off with the long-anticipated Mega Raffle Draw at 6 pm, and will be followed by special traditional and entertainment shows.