Qatar Tourism announces a slew of entertainment events
The lingering cold weather in the country has given people a perfect opportunity to head outdoors with their family and friends and make lasting memories.
Getting in on the celebratory mood, Qatar Tourism (QT) and Qatar Airways jointly launched the ‘Feel Winter in Qatar’ campaign on Thursday, revealing a series of family-friendly events and festivals for people to enjoy.
“This (Feel Winter in Qatar) is a seasonal extension of our central ‘Feel More in Qatar’ brand platform, which seeks to solidify the country’s position as the Middle East’s top destination for families,” said QT chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, during a Press conference.
“Our cool weather, abundant natural beauty, and unrivalled leisure and entertainment offerings make us the perfect choice for an extended holiday, a short getaway, and, of course, a winter break,” he added.
QT’s Director of Shared Services Department Omar Al Jaber, Head of Marketing Sheikha Hessa Al Thani and ace Qatari rally driver Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah also attended the Press meet.
Here is a look at the events that were announced as part of the months-long calendar.
QATAR BALLOON FESTIVAL
The 10-day festival will include mesmerising sunrise balloon launches, the ‘Night Glow,’ Tethered Lights, live entertainment and mouth-watering food kiosks and trucks. While hot air balloon rides in the early morning would give riders a spectacular view of Doha, visitors attending in the evenings will see all 50 balloons light up the night sky. A host of other entertainment activities on the ground are also planned.
After successful events at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, QT’s ‘Feel Winter in Qatar’ campaign will see a dynamic line-up of live performances from acclaimed local, regional, and international artists through the flagship activation — Qatar Live. It will begin on January 26 and continue throughout the season.
DISNEY PRINCESS CONCERT
An exciting production of the world-renowned ‘Disney Princess – The Concert’ will be held at the Katara Amphitheatre, in partnership with Disney Concerts and Broadway Entertainment Group.
For three nights from January 26 to 28, some of the world’s most celebrated artists will perform a unique tribute to Disney Princesses alongside a live orchestral performance by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
GKA KITESURFING TOURNAMENT
QT and Qatar Airways will bring a water-sport world cup to Doha, kicking off the new year with thrilling sporting events. Fuwairit Kite Beach will house the Qatar GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup 2023 from January 31 to February 4.
QATAR TOTALENERGIES OPEN
The 21st edition of the professional women’s tennis tournament will take place in the outdoor hard courts of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from February 13 to 18.
DOHA JEWELLERY AND WATCHES EXHIBITION’
The Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition is all set to once again amaze people with a unique exhibition of exclusive jewellery and exquisite craftsmanship. Running from February 20 to 25 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, this year’s edition will feature luxury watches, necklaces, rings, earrings, diamonds, gold and silverware. The exhibition will host 500 brands and 30,000 visitors from over 175 countries.
QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN
The Qatar ExxonMobil Open, an annual men’s tennis tournament which is also a part of the ATP 250 tour, will take place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from February 20 to 25. Running since 2013, it has always managed to attract some of the top male stars in professional tennis.
AL SHAQAB EVENTS
Al Shaqab started its 2023 activities in breathtaking fashion with the ‘Hayaakum at Shaqab’ event last week. The Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines 2023 (February 23 to 25), featuring some of the world’s best horses and showjumpers, will take the excitement several notches higher.
QATAR INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
The 12th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival, which celebrates the country’s diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings, will run from March 1 to 11.
Previous editions included special culinary experiences at scenic outdoor locations, a host of globally renowned chefs, live cooking shows, cooking competitions, masterclasses and other activities for both families and friends.
Shop Qatar celebrates the country’s wide range of retail, beauty and entertainment options and unfolds around popular Doha shopping malls. It’s an annual event that aims to enhance Qatar’s fashion and lifestyle scene and showcase its hospitality.
At the same time, Shop Qatar introduces various compelling workshops and masterclasses and presents exciting surprises. This year’s edition will run from March 1 to 18.
One can celebrate the most important time of the year with QT’s Ramadan Bazaar. It is a place where you can spend your evenings, after breaking the fast, with family-friendly activities. Tourists visiting the country during Ramadan can expect to learn the wonderful traditions and festivities that this time of the year brings.
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