From an array of live performances to a one-of-its-kind Russian circus, the Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakrah Spring Festival 2019 has proved to be a crowd-puller as it continues to attract a large number of visitors since it opened on December 21.
Many families and children are enjoying the fun-filled activities, attractions, and entertainment shows at the 15-day festival which runs until January 4 at two of Qatar’s popular tourist destinations from 4pm to 10pm.
“This is an amazing event and we, my wife and children, are really fascinated to see lions and tigers live in a show for the first time at Souq Al Wakrah,” said Indian expatriate Raj who was with his family at the festival on Thursday.
“I am planning to take them to Souq Waqif one of these days, which I know is also featuring various cultural shows, and activities for children. We also get to taste local dishes at these festivals in this pleasant weather,” he said.
While the Russian circus remained to be a favourite show, cultural presentations by several Arab performers which include folk songs and dances also enthrall many festival-goers.
Raj, like other commuters, lauded the Doha Metro for providing feeder buses and vans to take metro passengers to nearby areas surrounding the stations.
It is learnt that a metrolink route, marked ‘M127’ to Souq Al Wakrah (from Al Wakrah station), including the Souq Waqif station (Gold Line), made the two tourism destinations easily accessible to both foreign and domestic visitors.
Filipino expatriate Dennis A shared similar experiences saying that the Spring Festival’s various offerings entice many families and individuals to spend their afternoon and weekends in a festive atmosphere.
With some 60 engaging games and rides, as well as other children’s activities to choose from, he said his young children now find it more interesting to play outdoors.
“I hope that these festivities will continue so my kids will stay away from mobile phones, tablets, and other gadgets, and I plan to do this family bonding as often as possible,” Dennis said.
Besides shows and roving performances, the third edition of the festival also offers a wide range of local and international cuisines for visitors to try at numerous restaurants, eateries and booths at these two venues.
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