Posted on September 16, 2016

Water parks in Qatar have proved a big draw during the Eid holidays, luring thousands of people with new rides as the heat slowly subsides.

While indoor shows in malls and nightly spectacles at Katara and other venues were a big hit, many people chose to have a dip in the water and try some adventure rides in water parks. “We had between 7,000 and 8,000 visitors in the first three days of Eid, not so strong compared with last year but a significant increase of 60 to 80 percent compared to ordinary days,” Mohamed Firdaus Raj, General Manager, Aqua Park Qatar, told The Peninsula yesterday.

Though there was no influx of visitors from neighbouring GCC countries, Raj said many tourists from Saudi Arabia came to the park as in the previous Eid holidays to enjoy offerings, including the latest ride-the Stingray surf machine, which is the first of its kind in Qatar. “The machine is becoming popular and we hope more people will come to try this ride in the coming days,” he said, adding they expect more visitors until today before schools open next week. The Splash Water Park at Katara is also receiving hundreds of guests since it opened last week. “We surpass 1,000 guests every day during Eid and lots of Saudi families have been coming on board,” Hatim Aboussid, Business Development and Events Manager at Alaqat, told this daily.

Alaqat is organising the park, which is initially planned to operate for two months, in partnership with Katara and Qatar Tourism Authority. The temporary inflatable water park’s main attraction, which is Qatar’s first zipline, has been drawing visitors in search for adventure and adrenaline rush. “The zipline is attracting lots of people who want to try it. Between 500 and 600 have tried it since we opened, which is around 100 a day,” said Aboussid. There has been a revision in timing and fees. The park is open from 2pm to 10.30pm. Entry fee is QR100 from 2pm until 6pm and QR50 when water rides are closed from 6pm until 10.30pm. “Those who wish to try the zipline will have to pay QR50,” he said, adding price changes were based on people’s request.

While the Aqua Park is the first water park in Qatar and has been a major leisure destination since its launch in 2010, the Splash Water Park is the latest valuable addition to varied attractions at Katara, further cementing its reputation as a main tourist attraction in the country.

source: The Peninsula