Festive mood prevails across Qatar as people flooded streets to celebrate Eid Al Fitr
25 Jun 2017 - 1:42
By Fazeena Saleem / The Peninsula
Festive mood was permeated throughout the country yesterday as hypermarkets, malls and other places saw huge crowds having last minute preparation for a grand Eid Al Fitr celebration today.
Retail shops, restaurants, beauty salons and hypermarkets claim that Eid related businesses was thriving similar to previous years, regardless of the blockade.
“The footfall at hypermarkets and malls start incising during the last days of Ramadan and this year was not an exception. We have seen the same trend in business and the rush increasing after 8pm in the nights. Last year we had only five outlets and this year there are seven branches, yet the rush at each hypermarket hasn’t changed,” said a spokesperson at the Quality Group International.
The rush at beauty salons in Doha increases as Ramadan draws to an end. Some work over night to meet the demands and this Eid was not an exception.
“Some make appointments in advance and other wait until the last minute. We were literally inundated with calls for booking during the last two days. Customers come in high numbers for with different requirements and it has not changed. They have different requirements like to get their hair dyed or cut, or want straightening done, or they go for a glowing skin, manicure and pedicure, or waxing and facials. We have made separate arrangements for applying henna designs as the demand is so high and many just walk in at the last minute,” said employee of a beauty salon in old Airport area.
Many restaurants have special offers for dining during the Eid holidays and hotels have Eid and summer packages for guests.
Entertainment activities have been lined up at different venues across the country. Although some have flown out to their home countries and other destinations, others have set plans to spend the holidays at different places including malls and beaches.
From malls to leisure and tourist destinations, the week-long activities and events to mark Eid Al Fitr will kick off today under the ‘Colour Your Summer’ programme organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
Entertainment activities organised in partnership with private sectors including sports organisations, malls and cultural landmarks will see seven days of unique shows and entertainment and fun-filled activities at 15 venues across the country. It will include special shows at malls, fireworks at Katara, and Ariel paragliding tours at the Sealine beach.
The Summer Entertainment City, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre will open today and continue to receive local and visitors from other countries until September 5. It is the centerpiece of the Qatar Summer Festival organized by the QTA will offer exciting rides, the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, skill games and entertainment shows.
“This Eid we explored the new malls for shopping, there was a wide choice to make. During the Eid days for sure we won’t miss going to see the fireworks. Then have planned going to the Fuwairit beach on the second day of Eid with some friends,” said Riyaza, an Indian house wife.