QTA Prepares Programme of Events for Eid Holiday
Building on the announcement of this year’s Eid Festivals 2013 last month, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has entered the final stages of preparation and confirmation of the full programme of events being readied for the holiday period.
The festival, which features a full range of activities and events to suit all ages, will launch on the first day of Eid Al Fitr and run for 10 days in shopping centers (malls), the Doha Exhibition Center, Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, in addition to many other locations outside of Doha.
Commenting on the preparations, HE Eng Issa Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, Chairman of QTA, said:
Qatar will be the destination of choice for families during the festival. The programme of activities will last 10 days in shopping centers, and more than 35 days in the Doha Exhibition Center, including events, artistic performances and cultural and recreational activities.’
Concurrent with the festival, QTA will resume its promotional campaign that debuted last month, which is targeting neighboring countries. The campaign promotes Qatar as a unique tourist destination combining security, adherence to customs and traditions while offering extensive art and cultural facilities, hotels and restaurants, shopping centers and places of recreation and entertainment for families.
This year’s activities and events will include sports, culture and entertainment to suit all ages. The increased participation of institutions and private companies this year adds to the activities available for families to experience during the holiday period. All of these developments are sure to provide an atmosphere of joy and delight in Qatar during the holiday period for residents and tourists.
Organised by QTA, the shows in the malls will be free of charge. QTA will host shows in the following malls: City Center, Al Khor, Lagoona, Hyatt Plaza, Landmark and Villaggio for ten days at various times from 1 pm to 10 pm. Shows will feature international and traditional acts.
QTA will also host a range of activities, games and entertainment at the Doha Exhibition Center beginning the first day of Eid and continuing until 15 September 2013. Visitors can pick up free gifts and win instant prizes, enjoy a private dining hall and shop at a wide range of stores to buy toys and gifts for their families, as well as household items. Entrance to the Doha Exhibition Center is free, with food, beverages and games available for purchase.
In addition to the events organised by QTA, the following institutions will offer activities and exhibitions during the holiday period:
- Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage
- Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
- Ministry of Environment
- Souq Waqif
- Katara Cultural Village
- Museum of Islamic Art
- The Pearl-Qatar
- Qatar Shooting & Archery Association
- Sout Al-Rayyan
- Aqua Park Qatar
- Qatar Air Sports Committee (paragliding, for the first time)
- Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
- Al Dosari Garden and Protectorate
Reflecting the customs and traditions of the State of Qatar, representatives of QTA will welcome guests arriving for a holiday vacation from neighboring countries at the airport and the Abu Samra border crossing. Representatives will also distribute maps and events programmes, as well as brochures about various sites in the country.
Qatar’s tourism sector grew by 13% during the first quarter of 2013 compared to 2012 as a result of the booming hospitality sector, which is witnessing spectacular growth rates. The number of hotels under construction has reached 110; when completed they will add 19,931 additional rooms for visitors. Total hotel capacity for hotels in Qatar at the end of 2012 was 13,407 rooms.