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Qatar Summer Festival to open tonight with new ‘Entertainment City’


All photos by Reem Saad

Bumper cars, a reading maze, real-life Angry Birds and Candy Crush games, slides and Go Karting are among the more than 100 activities on offer at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), starting tonight.

The center has been transformed as part of the Qatar Tourism Authority’s monthlong Summer Festival, and will begin welcoming visitors at 7pm.

The festival will take place at various sites around Qatar, including the Qatar National Convention Center, the Corniche and several malls.

It aims to attract more tourists from around region, as well as provide entertainment to residents during the normally quiet month of August.

Prices and offerings

Yesterday, the media got a sneak peek of the DECC’s Entertainment City.

It is double the size of last year’s EC, with 30,000 square meters of space holding more than 100 games, including 26 thrill rides and 75 video games.

There’s also a mini-food court with 26 different restaurants, live stage performances and a Play Doh area for kids.

Summer Festival 2016
Summer Festival 2016

There will be an entry fee of QR15 per person (kids under two years old are free) and game tickets will start at QR5.

Visitors can also purchase a VIP ticket for QR120/person for unlimited entertainment for a day.

Starting Aug. 2, Entertainment City will be open daily from 1pm to 11pm, and on Fridays it will open until midnight.

Other summer fest events

To mark the opening and closing of the summer festival, a fireworks show will take place at the Corniche tonight at 9pm, and on Aug. 31 at the same time.

Meanwhile, at the Pearl-Qatar, there will be entertainment activities, roaming musical acts and parades at both Porto Arabia and Medina Centrale from 6:30pm to 9:30pm every Friday and Saturday of this month.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Elsewhere, QTA will host a three-day comedy festival at the QNCC from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21.

Confirmed performers include local comedian Hamad Al-Amari, as well as renowned pros Bader Saleh, Fadi Alshehri and Ahmed Al Shammari.

The show will be in Arabic and attendees must be 13 years and up. Ticket prices range QR145 to QR1,000 and can be purchased at all Virgin Megastore branches or online.

For more on the summer fest, see our five things to know story here.


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