Posted on May 25, 2017

The upcoming fourth edition of Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) will be the longest and biggest yet, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said. Held under the theme “Colour Your Summer”, the nationwide festival will combine shopping and hotel promotions, live entertainment and rides and games running from June 22 to September 5, more than twice its usual duration.

This year’s QSF will stretch beyond the usual month-long period, to run from Eid Al Fitr through to Eid Al Adha. The Festival’s shopping promotions will begin a few days earlier, allowing shoppers to enjoy QSF’s exciting discounts and offers during the last three days of Ramadan, as they shop in preparation for Eid Al Fitr.

Festival Duration

  • Thursday, June 22 to Tuesday, September 5
  • Shopping promotions begin on June 22.
  • All other QSF activities begin June 25 (based on first day of Eid Al-Fitr)

Special Hospitality Packages

  • 77 Hotels and Hotel Apartments are participating in this year’s Festival, offering exciting accommodation packages, including:
  • Pay for 2 nights, stay for 3 at participating hotels
  • Pay for 5 nights, stay for 6 at hotel apartments
  • Free daily breakfast for guests
  • Pool Access Pass/Promotions
  • In addition, visitors who book with QSF 2017’s partners Discover Qatar or can benefit from special travel and accommodation offers.
  • Each hotel has a specific selection of offers for QSF 2017. To find out more about each hotel’s offers, please contact the hotel directly.

Entertainment City at DECC

The QSF centerpiece and family favourite returns this year with more than 35 rides, an inflatable obstacle course, skill games, video games, live entertainment shows, 24 food court outlets & 8 pop-up shops.
Dates: June 25 – September 5
Venue: Doha Exhibition & Convention Center
Prices: Entry ticket: QR15/person; Day Pass: QR150/person

Shopping Promotions

Where: Dar Al Salam, Ezdan Mall, Gate Mall, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall & Landmark Mall. Retailers at participating malls will offer discounts of up to 50% and other promotions

Live entertainment shows
For every QR200 spent at any of the participating outlets in these malls, shoppers can be part of the Mega Raffle Draw being held on the final day of QSF (September 5) and have a chance of winning 10 exciting cash prizes and a super luxury car.

Stand-up comedy shows

American superstar comedian Marlon Wayans is set to bring roars of laughter to audiences in Qatar this Eid.
Date: Tuesday, June 27
Time: Doors open at 7pm; show starts 8pm
Venue: Qatar National Convention Centre
Event details: Hosted by Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon
Opening act by Saad Khan from Stand-Up Comedy Qatar
Tickets: QR199-QR999
Available at: Virgin Megastores; Virgin Mesgastores’ tickets website, &
Doha Comedy Festival returns this QSF with a special showcase event.

Music Concerts

QSF will also feature music concerts by famous Khaleeji singers, Mohamad Abdo and Nawal Al Kuwaitiyah, courtesy of key QSF Partner and the Arab World's largest entertainment company, Rotana Group.
Date: August 18, 2017
Venue: Qatar National Convention Centre

Competitions & Championships

For the first time ever in Qatar, video game players from across the GCC will come together for a face off under one roof for the GCC Majors Competition.
Dates: June 30 – July 1 (Friday & Saturday)
Venue: Qatar National Convention Centre
Games: Street Fighter, Takken 7, The King of Fighters (KOF), BlazBlue, Super Smash Bros. 4 & Super Smash Bros. Melee

4th International Mindsports Championship

Entertainment City will also host the 4th International Mindsports Championship bringing 1,500 mindsports enthusiasts from over 40 different countries.
Dates: Ausust 19–27
Venue: Doha Exhibition and Convention Center
Mindsports include: Scrabble, Chess, Backgammon, Bridge, Go & eSports, which will come with their share of a record $200,000 prize.
source: The Peninsula