Following the recent launch of the Qatar Balloon Festival, the country is set to host a series of exciting and crowd-puller events this winter, such as Qatar Live 2023, Disney Princess – The Concert, the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition, the Qatar International Food Festival, and Shop Qatar, among others.
Qatar Tourism (QT), together with Qatar Airways, recently launched the “Feel Winter in Qatar” campaign, unveiling a series of events and festivals, starting with the third edition of the Qatar Balloon Festival.
Scheduled from January 26 and lasting through the season, the newest edition of Qatar Live will feature live performances from renowned local, regional and international artistes, according to the QT.
The highly successful event was also held throughout the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, witnessing performances by world-renowned names such as Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Major Lazer Soundsystem, and Paul Van Dyk.
“We look forward to attracting additional world-class performances following the hugely successful Qatar Live during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – with 18 major events taking place that attracted record crowds of more than 100,000,” Qatar Tourism Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker said at a recently held press conference. “Qatar Live is now firmly established as a strong brand for leading performances in Qatar."
The QT and Qatar Airways, in partnership with Disney Concerts and Broadway Entertainment Group, will present an exciting production of the world-renowned *Disney Princess – The Concert, starting on January 26 at the Katara Amphitheatre.
The QT noted that some of Broadway and the West End’s most celebrated artistes will perform live for three nights, along with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra until January 28.
“February will see the return of the 19th edition of the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition, which will run from February 20-25,” HE al-Baker said.
“During this highly anticipated event, attendees can see rare and priceless pieces up close from over 500 brands, meet some of the region’s most respected designers, participate in interactive workshops, and much more,” he added. “We are expecting to see a great attendance with 30,000 visitors from over 175 countries.”
One of the most-awaited events, the 12th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is set to take place from March 1-11 at the Hotel Park.
Previous editions of the QIFF featured special culinary experiences at scenic outdoor locations, a host of globally renowned chefs, live cooking shows, cooking competitions, masterclasses and other activities.
Other upcoming major events include the Qatar GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup 2023 from January 31 to February 4 at Fuwairit Kite Beach, Qatar TotalEnergies Open (tennis) from February 13-18 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Qatar ExxonMobil Open (tennis) from February 20-25 (also at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex), Al Shaqab events from February 23-25 at the Longines Outdoor Arena and Longines Indoor Arena at Al Shaqab, Shop Qatar from March 1-18, and Ramadan Bazaar.
Shop Qatar celebrates the country's wide range of retail, beauty and entertainment options and unfolds around popular Doha shopping malls.
"As we continue to achieve our long-term goal of welcoming 6mn visitors a year by 2030, we look forward to the year ahead and the new and exciting chapter for tourism,” HE al-Baker said.
He noted that the introduction of a variety of new openings, including hotels, shopping malls and public beaches, among others, in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 strengthened and diversified the country’s hospitality, leisure and tourism landscapes.
"Our country captured the attention of the world and is now one of the most desirable destinations in the global tourism industry," he added.
The Qatar Balloon Festival has been drawing big crowds