The ongoing inaugural edition of Al Khor Carnival, which highlights the cultural legacy and heritage of Qatar and features an array of entertainment and shopping opportunities, is drawing crowds at Al Bayt Stadium Park.
Saoud Abdulla al-Mahmoud, member of committee, Al Khor Carnival
“We have set up a world of delight and festivities in order to help Qatar residents have an amazing experience while viewing the cultural activities and shows and holding shopping at the bazaars here. The carnival highlights the rich tradition and heritage of culture while lending the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment,” said Saoud Abdulla al-Mahmoud, A member of organising committee, Al Khor Carnival.
Described as the “biggest festival of the year”, the carnival is organised and managed by Aspire Zone Foundation. Entry is for free, while the games start from QR10 and premium shows for QR100.
Spread over 100,000 sqm, the carnival features fun rides, cultural activities, inflatable park, shopping spaces apart from shows and visual displays in four zones with the first zone allocated for food and beverages with more than 50 vendors.
The second zone is occupied by various government entities including Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Museums, and Qatar Red Crescent Society. The third zone has the show areas and entertainment facilities while the fourth zone is dedicated to the bazaar.
Food outlets and food trucks offer a wide cuisine to the visitors The bazaar has around 100 outlets selling local and imported products ranging from dates to farming equipment. There is a wide variety of food products, honey and clothes in addition to plants.
The kids activity and play areas have a vast area for entertainment, including an inflatable park. “We welcome all to the carnival,” al-Mahmoud said while observing that all services are affordable.
The official pointed out that the carnival is attracting visitors from across Qatar including Doha. Efforts are on to hold such events in various areas. “The people are welcoming the idea and this has come as a recognition,” he said. There is a plan to make the carnival a yearly festival, al-Mahmoud added.
The authorities have put in place strict precautionary and preventive measures against the Covid-19 pandemic. The carnival, open from 12noon to 10pm at Al Bayt Stadium, will continue until February 6.