Posted on June 05, 2019

As the country ushers in Eid Al Fitr, the Summer Entertainment City (SEC), one of the major features of Summer in Qatar (SiQ), opens its doors with a broad array of offerings including an all-new 6,000sqm Virtual reality (VR) and Gaming zone catered to gamers from various age groups.

The expansive 29,000sqm Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) space is ready to provide joy and entertainment to visitors with wide-ranging games and shows as well as shopping and food options with the VR and Gaming section featuring some of the world’s most advanced VR simulators, gaming stations and themed gaming areas as a main feature.

Speaking to local media on the eve of SEC’s opening, QSports Founder and Board Member Adil Ahmed, organising SEC for the third consecutive year in collaboration with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), underlined that the warm response from visitors last year prompted them to create a bigger VR and Gaming zone for various ages. “The VR and Gaming section is the major attraction this year. We had a small gaming section last time but due to a lot of positive feedback we expanded  it from 800sqm to 6,000sqm to include themed games meant to attract kids, teenagers and adults as well,” said Ahmed.

While video games are usually for the younger age group, SEC’s VR and Gaming section has among its features  retro-gaming area sure to evoke nostalgia among older video games lovers. “This time we have made sure that we cater to a wider age range in terms of games. We created the retro-gaming area for people 35 years old and above as well who can actually connect with games like Pac-Man, Atari and Sega,” he stressed. This year’s SEC hosts the world’ biggest Pac-Man and Space Invaders, which is a first in Qatar, in addition to Atari Sega and Nintendo among others.

Ahmed added that there are plans to host e-gaming competitions as well as broadcast cricket matches for the ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The main areas of the SEC 2019 also include amusement rides, skills games with prizes, bespoke trampoline park, a kids driving school setup, giant blocks park for kids to play and build with large lego-type blocks, a 1,000sqm ocean ball soft play area, Qatar’s first InflataPark spread over 1,200sqm, the world’s largest bounce castle, a 1,200sqm skate park, synthetic ice skating, Spider Climbing tower and over 45 food options and 100 retail outlets.

Visitors can choose from cuisines offered by around 47 outlets, 70 percent of which are local, located in a food court with a seating capacity of around 600. Visitors can also watch live performances by artistes presented in cooperation with different embassies such as Georgia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and South Africa. “For the first three days, we have the world renowned Georgian National Ballet who will be performing a total of 15 shows in three days. We have a lot of ethnic shows supported by embassies in addition to regular shows like the roaming parades,” said Ahmed.

Ticket prices range from QR15 QR entry to the SEC, or visitors can purchase Gold Pass for QR165, Gaming Pass for QR165, Season Pass for QR999 or Season Gaming Pass for QR1,250. Gold Pass entitles the holder to 40 ride tickets plus 5 VR/Gaming tickets while Gaming Pass includes 40 VR and Gaming tickets used in gaming section only. Season Pass provides unlimited entries to venue for the duration of the event and each visit entitles visitor to a Gold Pass. Gaming Season Pass, on the other hand, unlimited entries to the venue for the duration of the event and each visit entitles visitor to a Gaming Pass. 

For the first time, visitors to SEC 2019 purchasing the daily Gold Pass, Gaming Pass or Season Pass can enter a raffle draw for a chance to win a brand new KIA Telluride. The Summer Entertainment City is open from today until July 31 from 12.30pm to 10pm (Saturday to Wednesday) and from 1pm to 11pm (Thursday and Friday). 

source: The Peninsula