Special Eid celebrations to kick off Qatar Summer Festival
June 06 2018 10:46 PM
Adults and children enjoy fun activities during QSF 2017. - File picture


Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) is set to return for its fifth edition from June 14 to August 31 with an array of family-friendly activities, entertainment shows and shopping offers across the country, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has announced.
The country’s longest festival, themed “Colour Your Summer,” invites residents and visitors to kick off the season’s festivities with special Eid al-Fitr celebrations, to be held over the first week of QSF. 
“The summer festivities form a key part of our efforts to energise the tourism sector through diversifying Qatar’s events calendar and tourist source markets,” QTA’s festivals and tourism events director Mashal Shahbik said.
From the first to the fifth day of Eid al-Fitr, QSF’s participating malls will be putting on special free entertainment shows for shoppers and families looking for some indoor fun. 
In addition, the following shows will be performed three times a day on rotation at all participating malls: The Fluffy Bears (20 minutes); Aladdin & The Genie (25 minutes); Beauty & The Beast Adventure Parade (30 minutes); Madagascar: A Musical Adventure (45 minutes); and Disney Princesses Parade (45 minutes). 
For a flavour of local tradition, the Qatari Ardha dance (20 minutes) can also be enjoyed across malls this Eid. 
QSF’s participating malls include Al Khor Mall, Al Mirqab Mall, B Square Mall, Doha Festival City, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Landmark Mall and Mall of Qatar. 
Lagoona Mall is also participating with special World Cup activities, allowing shoppers to watch the tournament’s matches live. 
The QSF family favourite returns to open its doors to the public on the first day of Eid. Spread out over the expansive ground floor of the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, the City’s key features include the world’s largest bouncy castle, an 18-hole mini-golf course, an ice skating rink, exciting rides, skill games, video games, as well as live entertainment shows. 
Visitors to the City will also be able to keep up with the World Cup excitement through while enjoying food, beverage and shopping options. It will be open daily from 2pm to 11pm. 
An individual entry ticket costs QR15 and a day pass is QR150. Individual game prices range from QR10 to QR35.
Retailers at 11 participating malls will be offering up to 50% discounts and special promotions. For every QR200 spent at any of the outlets in QSF’s participating malls, shoppers can enter three raffle draws for a chance to win one of 27 cash prizes worth QR2mn or a Lamborghini Hurricane (2018 model) super car. All throughout QSF, nearly 50 of Qatar’s five- and four-star hotels are providing a range of offers and discounts on brunches, beach and pool access, accommodation and spa treatments. To find out which hotel is offering what, guests can visit qatarsummerfestival.qa

FIFA World Cup fan zone 

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the Ministry of Culture and Sports (MCS) and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) are joining forces to launch a 2018 FIFA World Cup fan zone at Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena this summer. 
Set to open on June 14 and run until July 15, the Qatar Fan Zone will be one of the key highlights of the fifth Qatar Summer Festival (QSF).
The fan zone will give people a taste of the atmosphere they can expect when Qatar hosts the next edition of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. 
Held in one of the country’s landmark multi-purpose indoor sports venues, the fan zone will screen live matches from the 2018 FIFA World Cup while offering visitors family-friendly entertainment, delicious food and numerous football-related activities.
The fan zone will also showcase Qatar’s passion for football and give visitors an opportunity to experience the excitement of a FIFA World Cup four years before the biggest event in sport is held on these shores.

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