Published on : Monday, July 28, 2014
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is getting ready to kick off the 2014 Eid Activities (Eid in Qatar), which will run for seven days, starting on the first day of Eid al-Fitr until the 3rd of August. The program of activities, organized in cooperation with various partners, has been finalized. All shopping centers in Doha will be ready to welcome visitors to exciting shows and performances throughout the Eid holiday.
QTA representatives will be available at the new Hamad International Airport and at the Abu Samra border crossing to welcome guests arriving in Qatar to spend the Eid holiday. They will distribute maps and event programs, as well as promotional material about various tourist attractions in the country.
QTA and its partners worked diligently so that this year’s Eid activities will reflect Qatar’s image, genuine heritage, and deep rooted culture. As part of this effort, various parties organized their own events, which include folkloric performances, cultural tours, concerts, and many other activities that appeal to all ages and interests.
Many shopping centers are participating this year, such as City Center, Landmark, The mall, Hyatt Plaza, Al Khor mall, and Lagoona mall. A number of these shows and performances will be held for the first time in Qatar.
Ten major events are lined up for Eid in Qatar 2014. The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage will present traditional Qatari dances and shows to be performed by local and Gulf folk bands, in addition to folkloristic performances by expatriate communities in Qatar. These shows will take place at the Heritage Village (Rumailah) on the Corniche from the first to the fourth day of Eid al-Fitr. The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs will organize tours of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque in Dafna from the first to the fifth day of Eid.
The Pearl-Qatar will organize an Eid carnival at the Pearl with shows and performances for children and families at Porto Arabia Parcel from the first to the third day of Eid. Aqua Park Qatar welcomes visitors with entertainment shows and cartoon characters for children and families from the first to the fifth day of Eid.
The Qatar Shooting and Archery Association made preparations for a shooting activity at Lusail Shooting Club in Al Khor Coastal road from the first to the sixth day of Eid, while the Qatar Air Sports Committee prepared for paragliding tours on the Sealine beach from first to the fifth day of Eid. Al Dosari Zoo and Game Reserve in Al Kheireb will be open to general public from the second to the fifth day of Eid.
“We finalized preparations for the launch of Eid in Qatar 2014 and ensured that there is something for every member of the family,” said Rashed Al Qurese, Director of Marketing and Promotion of QTA. “We invite residents in Qatar and visitors from the GCC countries to attend the various exciting and fun activities lined up for this Eid holiday”, added Al Qurese.
Al Qurese said the aim of Eid in Qatar is to raise the number of tourists and position Qatar as a tourist destination with deep cultural roots. He pointed out that this year’s activities and programs will offer several entertainment shows, tours of Qatar’s landmarks, and a range of options for families to enjoy during the Eid holiday.
Last year’s Eid Al Fitr activities and programs was a big success, with more than 75,000 people visiting Qatar during the same period. The success was a result of great efforts QTA and its partners made to prepare exciting events and welcome citizens, residents, and visitors from across the region.