Qatar Tourism wraps up three weeks of festivities on a high note
January 02 2022 07:46 PM
Qatar witnessed a slew of tourism events as restrictions on public gatherings eased and borders reop
Qatar witnessed a slew of tourism events as restrictions on public gatherings eased and borders reopened last year.


Qatar staged an exciting finish to the year 2021 with a host of activities and new touristic experiences. As restrictions on public gatherings eased and borders reopened, the country hosted a slew of in-person events. Qatar Tourism worked with stakeholders across the public and private sectors to host events and develop products and services catering to the needs of residents and visitors alike.

Qatar Tourism chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker touring the 18th Edition of Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition.

In a statement, Qatar Tourism chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker said: “This winter, Qatar has delivered a World Beyond to its citizens, residents, and visitors. We saw unprecedented levels of participation for our events and festivals, contributing to the success of the season. It is an encouraging sign as the country prepares to host millions of fans for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Fireworks light up the sky during QIFF 2021

“We are especially delighted to see a large number of visitors from all over the region who joined us to share the exciting FIFA Arab Cup 2021 matches and partake of the variety of events taking place at the same time. It was wonderful to see the enthusiastic response to our cornerstone events, such as the Qatar International Food Festival, Qatar Live, Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, and more.”

Qatar Tourism also formed a strategic partnership with Qatar Balloon Festival

The first in the impressive line-up of events was Qatar’s longest-running food and beverage festival, Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), which returned with its longest edition to date and ran for almost three weeks from November 26 to December 17.

A hot air balloon in the shape of a pirate ship

The festival took place at Al Bidda Park for the first time and hosted food trucks at a stretch of Corniche Road for eight days, from November 26. Held after a hiatus of nearly two years, residents and visitors alike took advantage of the festival, which attracted 224,356 visitors over a course of 22 days. This edition’s partners included Qatar Airways, Ooredoo, Snoonu, AlBidda Park, Monoprix, Askar, Qinwan, and Wasfa.

Roaming circus performers at Al Bidda Park in Doha

The festival combined culinary arts with exciting festivities to provide family entertainment for residents and visitors of all ages. Some 25 chefs from Qatar and abroad participated this year in QIFF’s Cooking Theatre, Chef’s Table sessions and other events.
Among these were local and regional chefs, including Aisha AlTamimi, Hasan AlIbrahim, Abdul Malik, and Mohamed Najem, as well as eight renowned Michelin Starred chefs: Frederic Jaunault, Heinz Beck, Kei Kobayashi, Jannis Brevet, Jean Thomas Schneider, David Kinch, Christian le Squer, and Gilles Goujon. These chefs participated as part of the World Class Chefs programme – a joint initiative of Qatar Tourism, Qatar Airways, and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company , in collaboration with Kings of Kitchen.

Qatari singer Fahad al-Kubaisi performing

Shortly after the launch of QIFF, the country staged Qatar Live, hosting 10 renowned artists of the Arab world from December 2 to 17 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Qatar Live provided a stage to Qatari, Kuwaiti, Syrian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Saudi, and Egyptian singers and bands including Magida El Roumi, Mutref al-Mutref, Assala, Abdallah al-Rowaished, Myriam Fares, Aedh Yousef, Dalia, Asma Lamnawar and Fahad al-Kubaisi.