Huge crowd throng malls & outdoor venues for festivities

 28 Jun 2017 - 0:18

Huge crowd throng malls & outdoor venues for festivities
People take part in a drawing event at Gulf Mall. Pic: Abdul Basit / The Peninsula

The Peninsula

Malls and outdoor venues hosting Eid activities yesterday saw hordes of people taking advantage of the final day of Eid Al Fitr holiday.
Souq Waqif was teeming with families who flocked to the gigantic tent especially set up for the celebrations where children enjoyed the various offerings such as redemption games, bouncy castles and bump cars.

Summer Festival 2017 and Eid celebrations going on at Doha Festival City. Pic: Abdul Basit / The Peninsula


Restaurants as well as food carts scattered around Souq Waqif which sell street food and snacks witnessed brisk business till late at night. One of the more popular food carts is the one selling Turkish ice cream not only for the deliciously flavoured ice cream but for the playful ice cream vendor who never failed to put a smile on the customers’ faces.
Although malls which are participating in Eid Celebrations organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) are hosting Eid activities until Thursday, many people especially families visited them to enjoy free family-friendly entertainment.
Hundreds of visitors flocked to the recently opened Doha Festival City (DFC) to watch a fun parade throughout the mall featuring various artistes including stilt walkers garbed in their colourful costumes. They also enjoyed having their photos taken with living bronze statues, one of the features of the celebrations. Ardha dancers and African Drummers as well as the Ice Age Show also attracted crowds. Qatari singer Saoud Jassim enthralled audience in attendance in a concert which concluded yesterday’s DFC events.

 

Children enjoy activities at Gulf Mall. Pic: Abdul Basit / The Peninsula

 

People at Gulf Mall watched in awe as Tanoura dancers swirled around their breathtaking routines, while the roaming circus, mime and human statues also attracted attention from many a visitor.
Families who chose to spend their time in The Mall did not only enjoy the roaming mascots and parades, they also liked activities that hone children’s skills such as painting and educational games.
The Entertainment City at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, as well other participating malls including Al Khor Mall, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall and Landmark Mall also drew huge number of people.