Thousands of visitors trooped to Katara Cultural Village yesterday to take part in the final day of Eid Al Adha festivities which concluded on a high note amid a festive atmosphere.
The visitors enjoyed the varied artistic activities and fireworks display, and expressed their satisfaction with the level of events presented, which they described as interesting and enjoyable.
“The Katara Eid Al Adha Festival aims to delight children and bring happiness to them through various activities and through the distribution of Katara’s Eid gifts, which is the most prominent manifestation of the feast and a major source of joy,” said Salem Al Marri, Director of Public Relations Department at Katara Cultural Village.
The festival has succeeded in attracting large numbers of citizens, residents and visitors from outside Qatar who came to enjoy the beautiful performances that have created an exceptional atmosphere of entertainment and fun, and brought joy to the hearts of children and all the families who attended the activities, Al Marri added.
Children receiving gifts.
He thanked all those who contributed to the success of the festival from various media, saying, “The media is our partner in success. They constantly reflect everything we offer that people can see it.”
To make the successful, Katara provided all the facilities and services needed by visitors to ensure their comfort and enjoyment at the festival, starting from transport vehicles (golf carts) that take visitors from various places in Katara to the beachfront where events were being held, in addition to the distribution of cold drinking water, medical services and ambulance, as well as the presence of some of the finest restaurants and cafes and a large number of food carts and trucks.
Throughout the days of Eid, Katara beach welcomed a large crowd of visitors who loved swimming, marine games and children’s games. One of the main attractions at the four-day festival was the screening of 3D movies at Al Thurayya Planetarium in Arabic and English including “Dawn of the Space Age,” “The Perfect Little Planet” and “The Astronaut” shown from the second to the fourth day of Eid Al Adha holidays, respectively. Seats in the Dome were filled with visitors mostly children who demonstrated keen interest toward the informative films.
A performance as part of Eid festivities at Katara.
The special play area at the Esplanade where giant bouncy castles were set up also witnessed children and families who came in large numbers every day during the festival.
The Police Training Institute (PTI) military band entertained hundreds of people with their excellent performance playing musical instruments while moving in sync as they marched along the beachfront in neat rows. There was huge demand for the fascinating show prompting organisers to stage two shows every night.
But it was the the breathtaking fireworks display which served as the icing on the cake. The nightly fireworks show, which was unique to Katara as it was the only venue which presented it during Eid Al Adha, generated thousands of visitors who took photos and videos of the stunning colours which painted the skies over Katara.
Meanwhile, business at the restaurants and cafes as well as the food carts and trucks was brisk during the festivities as visitors thronged them to sample the wide variety of scrumptious food and beverages on offer.