Posted on July 22, 2015

Eid Al Fitr Festival 2015 concluded its activities on Tuesday, said Qatar Tribune. The five-day celebrations drew thousands of people to venues including malls, museums and sporting arenas across the country. The Eid Al Fitr Festival is one of several such events organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and its partners to showcase Qatar's offerings as a family destination and, in the long-term, increase the number of visitors and tourists by building a sustainable and diverse calendar of events and festivals.

"Preliminary counts show a highly successful festival. We thank our partners in the malls for helping us enrich the indoor entertainment offering, and our partners in Souq Waqif for providing fantastic concerts; and in Katara for drawing large crowds to their spectacular fireworks display despite the heat," said Rashed al Qurese, Chief Promotions and Marketing Officer. Malls, including City Center, Dar Al Salam Mall, Lagoona Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Ezdan Mall and Al Khor Mall, were packed with families eager to take advantage of the indoor festivities in the form of roaming entertainment, as well as stage performances exclusive to each of the malls such as 'The Jungle Book' (Lagoona Mall), 'Pinocchio' (Hyatt Plaza) and 'Circus Canada' (Al Khor Mall).

"There was a huge demand, the stage performances alone drew nearly 4,000 people at each show," said Joerg Harengerd, director of City Center, which hosted the Peter Pan show. "We received positive feedback from families." The festival included the family-friendly musical 'Elmo Makes Music', from the famous Sesame Street show, which continues at Qatar National Convention Centre until July 22 with two shows daily (5pm and 8pm). Tickets can be purchased at Virgin Megastores or through q-tickets.com

Also part of the festival is the locally produced dramatic comedy entitled 'Bishowish' (Take it Easy). Performances continue at Katara until July 27, with two shows a night (7pm and 9pm). The festive season will continue with the Qatar Summer Festival 2015, which will take place from August 1 to 31, and is expected to increase visitor numbers. There will be a range of new attractions, special hotel rates, cultural events and special offers on renowned brands.

"The festivals are part of Qatar's strategy to grow and diversify its tourism offerings in partnership with the private sector, especially during periods of historically low occupancy rates," continued Qurese."The high attendance rates at activities throughout the Eid Al Fitr Festival set a positive tone for the Qatar Summer Festival." A highlight of the Qatar Summer Festival will be Entertainment City, a one-stop family entertainment at Doha Exhibition Centre. The hall will be filled with rides, video games, and play areas, along with a customised shopping area and food court. Daily stage shows will take place between 2pm and 9.30pm. Entry will be free.

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