* Taking place from Feb 18-22, festival is the 'first of its kind in Qatar and the region'
Katara - the Cultural Village Foundation has announced that it will host the Al Wasmi Gardens Festival, described as the "first of its kind in Qatar and the region", from February 18 to 22.
The festival will showcase gardens inspired by different countries around the world, set against the lush green backdrop of Katara Hills, the foundation has said in a statement.
Al Wasmi Gardens Festival will be open to the public from 10am to 10pm each day. Visitors can explore a "beautiful array of garden designs, flowers, and plants, including the Qatar Airways French Garden, which has been designed in partnership with Qatar Airways as sponsor to celebrate the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture", the statement notes.
At a press conference Sunday, Katara general manager Dr Khaled bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti expressed pleasure at launching the Al Wasmi Katara Gardens Festival, "which is the "first of its kind in Qatar and the region".
He stressed that Katara seeks to "reflect its status as a prominent tourist destination in Qatar and the region through its continuous endeavour to present innovative events that combine culture, tourism and entertainment".
A range of activities and attractions for the whole family have been planned as part of the festival, including treasure hunts, food and beverage kiosks, floral art and craft workshops, relaxation areas and live entertainment. In addition to the Qatar Airways French Garden, other gardens will include the Tropical Garden, Japanese Garden and the Indian Garden, among many more.
Qatar Airways senior vice-president (Marketing and Corporate Communications) Salam al-Shawa said, “We are delighted to sponsor Al Wasmi Gardens Festival – a hugely exciting new concept for Qatar. The event is a unique opportunity for visitors and residents to see visually stunning gardens from all around the world in one place at Katara Hills. I am especially excited to unveil the Qatar Airways French Garden, which is inspired by the sophistication of the traditional palace gardens of France and the Qatar Airways brand.”
For her part, Moza Khaled al-Muhannadi, director of Community Service, Sponsorships and Strategic Media Department at Ooredoo Qatar, expressed the company's keenness to participate in supporting and sponsoring the Al Wasmi Gardens Festival as the official communication partner.
She said by sponsoring the festival, Ooredoo seeks to contribute to spreading awareness among members of society about the importance of preserving the environment and promoting green spaces, thanks to Katara for their "outstanding initiative in hosting the festival and for its constant efforts in establishing and organising many recreational and cultural events".