Activities to do on Eid El Fitir 2018
The Summer Entertainment City, the centerpiece of the country’s longest festival, Qatar Summer Festival (QSF), is gearing up for the festival that will kick off on the first day of Eid Al Fitr celebration.
The city at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center will feature the world’s largest bouncing castle, mini zoo, kids’ driving school, mini-golf course, robot goalie, food court, shopping souq, live performance, different games and rides, among many others.
Themed ‘Colour Your Summer’, QSF is organised by Qatar Tourism Authority and the Entertainment City is delivered by QSports.
The events will kick off on June 15 and continue until August 31, 2018.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune at the DECC where the preparations were underway on Wednesday, QSports Founder and Board Member Adil Ahmed said this year, the Entertainment City has improved its concept to be more family-centred.
“Last year, it was more sport-based but this year, the event will be more family entertainment themed,” he said, adding that the city features an 18-hole mini-golf course, hi-tech virtual reality setup, skills games which are all new, synthetic ice-skating rink, bungee trampoline, among others.
“We also have a dedicated football fan zone where people can watch the FIFA World Cup 2018. The fan zone has very different games, including a place where we challenge people to score a goal and be rewarded instantly,” said Ahmed.
The food court will features around 42 different food outlets, about half of which have been set up by the local Qatari entrepreneurs.
According Ahmed, the organisers wanted to engage kids in a different environment with a dedicated digital playground, which is being introduced for the first time in Qatar.
He added that they have also included mechanical rides that were not available last year.
“We have got around 15 rides. To top it up, we have a mini zoo which will feature 20 live animals, including ponies, parrots, kangaroos, rabbits, among others,” he said.
Ahmed said they have set up a 140-retail-shop souq for the ladies to shop around while kids play in response to women’s feedback on last year’s activities.
“The stalls feature retailers from all over the world who will be displaying their items,” he said, adding that there will also be the kids driving school where children can go and learn how to drive.
“This time, we have something for everyone to engage in. For instance, in the football fan zone, men and youngsters can go and test their football skills,” he said.
According to him, they have also tried to engage various communities in Qatar through the embassies whereby the communities will be presenting live performance.
“We have been in touch with 42 different embassies in Qatar and so far about 10 have provided their cultural shows for the event. These include Kenyan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, among others.”
The Entertainment City will be open from 2pm to 11 pm. The entry fee is QR15.
This year’s day pass price has been lowered to QR150 to gets 40 tickets and five virtual reality games. Besides, there will be a season pass at QR699 which is valid for 78 days. The pass enables the holders to go to the Entertainment City every day.
Individual game costs between QR10 and QR35.
Commending QTA for its support, Ahmed said,”QTA has always been supportive as it wants the private sector to get involved. We have proved that QSports has the ability to deliver. Over the last one year, we have executed five major festivals.”
In a statement, QSports Deputy Chairman Ghanim al Mohannadi said,”The Summer Entertainment City is a major family-friendly, business and touristic event that brings together many locals and expats in a cool indoor area amid hot summer weathers. We are very proud to kick off the fifth edition this year, and we are proud to take part in the Summer Festival. Our goal is to organise and create upscale events that meet international standards.”