Cultural Fusion, Sporting Excitement, and Culinary Delights Await in February

Doha, Qatar : February in Doha promises a vibrant celebration beyond the thrilling AFC Asian Cup knockout stage, featuring an eclectic mix of festivals and events throughout the month.

Commencing the festivities is the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival at the Cultural Village Katara from February 1 to 11. With the participation of 674 horses from 27 countries, this fourth edition showcases the elegance of purebred Arabian horses.

Adrenaline seekers won't want to miss the 6th FAI World Paramotors Slalom Championships at Lusail Boulevard, Al Sa’ad Plaza, from February 1 to 15. Witness 56 pilots from 15 countries compete for aerial glory in this thrilling spectacle.

For music enthusiasts, back-to-back concerts by Najwa Karam (February 1 at the Katara Amphitheatre) and Nassif Zeytoun (February 3 at the Qatar National Convention Centre) promise to elevate the city’s cultural scene.

Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the World Aquatics Championships Doha from February 2 to 18 across three locations: Aspire Dome, Old Doha Port, and Hamad Aquatic Centre. Hosting the 21st edition for the first time, the event features 75 medal events in six aquatic sports.

From February 5 to 11, the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition at DECC in West Bay will showcase over 500 brands from 10 countries for its 20th edition.

Culinary delights await at the Qatar International Food Festival, returning from February 7 to 17 at the Expo Family Zone in Al Bidda Park, featuring over 100 food stalls, live cooking shows by renowned chefs, and exciting competitions.

Innovation takes the spotlight with the inaugural Design Doha Prize, a biennale showcasing the evolving design landscape in the Middle East and North Africa. Running from February 24 to 28 at M7 in Msheireb Downtown Doha, the event highlights the creative brilliance of emerging designers and artists.

Lusail Boulevard transforms into a luminous display from February 21 to March 2 with “Luminous Lusail,” creating a magical ambiance for residents and visitors alike.

These diverse festivities are set to attract a global audience, aligning with Qatar Tourism's goal of welcoming over six million visitors annually. Qatar Tourism Chairman, H E Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, expressed optimism, citing the success of Eid 2023, where more than four million visitors enjoyed the country's unique tourist experience. Qatar Tourism Chief of Marketing and Promotion Officer, Engr. Abdulaziz Ali Al Mawlawi, emphasized the commitment to providing a compelling experience for international visitors, aiming for a 12% GDP contribution by 2030 and doubling employment in the tourism sector.