Souq Waqif Spring Festival gets off to a colourful start
January 19 2017 09:34 PM
Roving performers at the 15-day Souq Waqif Spring Festival, which opened in Doha. PICTURE: Shemeer R
Roving performers at the 15-day Souq Waqif Spring Festival, which opened in Doha. PICTURE: Shemeer Rasheed.

An array of cultural performances and stage shows marked the opening of this year’s Souq Waqif Spring Festival, which will run until February 2, from 3.30pm to 10.30pm daily.

The opening salvo saw groups of male and female performers from Qatar, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Oman entertaining a large number of spectators with traditional songs and dances.

“Our aim is to continuously promote and highlight Qatar’s rich cultural heritage in such festivals and events,” an organiser told Gulf Times.

He said visitors will have the opportunity to watch several cultural performances and shows on stage at various locations within Souq Waqif throughout the 15-day festival, including a musical parade and unique presentation led by an all-female group.

The festival is also hosting entertainment shows daily at a dedicated stage, featuring several popular Arab singers and artistes.

The organiser noted that the popular dolphin show has returned to Souq Waqif’s amusement park (Al Ahmed Square). Shows take place between 4pm and 5pm and between 7pm and 8pm.

Al Ahmed Square is hosting eight different games from 4pm to 10.30pm for visitors, particularly children, as well as amusement (fun and thrill) rides such as the Crazy Frog, Ranger, Caterpillar, Crazy Fire, and Extreme Swing, among others.

At the Souq Alley, several shows and attractions are also expected to enthrall visitors such as the Blue Drummers, Alien Percussion, Toy Soldier, Rainbow Parade, Orange Drummers, and Venice Group.

Abdul Aziz Nasser Theatre (Mirqab Hotel) will host a separate ‘Kids Show’ daily at 7.30pm from Friday to February 2 while Majlis Al Damah features a ‘Spring Championship Damh for professionals and amateurs.

Art lovers and artists will also have the opportunity to take part in some of the activities at the Souq Waqif Art Centre from 4pm to 10.30pm.

“Souq Waqif is a popular tourist spot for both domestic and foreign visitors. We organise and host festivals that promote Qatar as a family destination,” said the organiser, stressing that they also offer authentic Arab and Qatari cuisine.

A similar event is also taking place at Souq Al Wakrah where visitors receive a unique treat from a variety of performances, as well as attractions while savouring the winter weather.

With the opening of several restaurants and shops, Souq Al Wakrah has seen a huge increase in the number of visitors who want to spend their free time with their families especially during the weekend.

“Before, Souq Waqif (Doha) was too crowded with people because celebrations were concentrated only there, but now, Wakrah receives nearly the same volume of visitors,” said a restaurant employee who was previously assigned at Souq Al Wakrah.

Last updated: January 20 2017 10:19 AM

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