Posted on August 22, 2014

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is organizing, for the first time in Qatar, an “Instagram Summer Market” in collaboration with Bedaya Center, as part of the Qatar Summer Festival.

The initiative will be an outdoor exhibition encouraging individuals who sell products over Instagram, or have their own start up projects or businesses to take part and market their work. It will be set up at the Corniche, beside the Fountain Fun dancing fountain show, and will take place from 6.30pm to 10.30pm during every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the 28th of august until the 28th of September. The participation is free, and the booth size will be 3x3m.

“This project is an opportunity for all of Qatar’s entrepreneurs to showcase their work and gather more support and feedback from the local community. We are aiming to engage a highly significant sector of Qatari society, the youth, which make up the largest portion in Qatar’s age structure, and we thought that this idea would give them a practical platform to share their ideas with the public and to gain experience in real-life selling and marketing,” said Rashed Al Qurese, Director of Marketing and Promotions at QTA.

The Instagram Summer Market will also aid in transforming the virtual online business activity into reality and help entrepreneurs solidify their projects and encourage them to possibly grow them beyond the online platforms.

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In addition to promoting local start-ups and businesses, QTA presents daily dancing fountain shows on until the end of the festival. During the week, the fountain show is running from 7pm to 11pm at 30-minute intervals, and on the weekends, the show is on from 6pm to 12pm at 45-minute intervals. By having the Instagram Summer Market also at the Corniche, QTA hopes to draw more visitors to the activities of the summer festival and introduce visitors to the multiple events taking place simultaneously.

For those who wish to catch a trip to the Fountain Fun venue, QTA is offering a free “Park & Ride” shuttle bus service to take visitors from the Q-Post office to the Qatar Summer Festival 2014 venues including the Doha Exhibition Center (DEC) where the Family Fun is taking place, and the Corniche, where the Fountain Fun summer activities are also taking place, until the 27th of September. The bus departs from the Q-Post office and passes by the two stations in one consecutive route, with the Corniche being the first venue that the shuttle bus stops at to drop off visitors.

The bus will be available on an hourly basis during the week starting from 3pm until 10pm. As for weekend, the bus will be available starting from 2pm, until 11pm. The service is operated by Doha Bus, Doha’s first tour bus giving visitors a great sightseeing experience.