Doha, the Qatari capital is a blend of timeless, hallowed Qatari traditions and fast paced modern living. The city attracts visitors by the score who come to sightsee and absorb Qatari culture, manage business and take advantage of a city that is also a shopper’s paradise. Special events like the Doha Kite Festival are also big draws. Souq Waqif is a large souq in Doha selling spices, traditional clothes and many other goods and is home to many restaurants and Shisha Cafes. There are several Souq Waqif hotels and if you want to enjoy Doha with all comforts then the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels would be a suitable option.
Kite flying is an age old tradition in the Arabian Peninsula and in Qatar this tradition goes back over a 100 years. The modern Doha International Kite festival is a grand celebration of this timeless tradition. Professional kite making traditions are handed down from generation to generation and individual designs and motifs are integrated into kites. Katara is a cultural village Doha’s eastern coast and the area’steady winds are conducive to kite flying. The Doha Kite Festival is held in Katara annually. Beautiful and vibrant hued kites fill the sky and kites with lights make a stunning show.Indian, American,Japanese,Chinese and South Korean Kiting Pilot Teams display their prowess along with others from the world over. The Katara beachfront is clogged with kite vendors and customers and shops are open 24 hours a day. Families also make kites and set up small shops in their homes to sell them.
Along with the flying of kites many other cultural artistic events take place and both on the ground and in the air and its family fun time at the Doha Kite Festival. Vendors will hawk varied food including traditional Qatari and other Arabian food. There will be displays of traditional dance and live music will rend the air.Face painting and storytelling will thrill the kids. Visitors should get to Katara early for the Kite Festival to avoid traffic jams and parking problem.
META: Watch Doha skies become a kaleidoscope of colour with vibrant hued kites and enjoy fun events at the Doha Kite Festival.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+