Including many events such as date auctions, competitions and lectures that spread awareness about the significance of the palm tree, the Date Festival is held annually at Souq Waqif amidst the enchanting Emirati landscape.
What is the Date Festival?
Offering delectable dates of a multitude of varieties to many enthusiastic buyers, the second edition of the annual Souq Waqif Date Festival kicked off in July 2017. Showcasing dates from over 57 local date palm farms, the festival featured popular date varieties including Khalas, Khanizi, Shishi and Barhi.
What is the purpose of the Dates Festival?
The festival aims to inform people about different varieties of dates and motivate stakeholders to invest in this sector to increase the demand for the local products. Be it dining at a local or Moroccan restaurant in Doha, trying some of these date varieties is a must for foodies.
The overwhelming success
Welcoming over 2500 visitors, the Date Festival sold about 7,000kg worth of fresh dates. Organized by the agricultural sector at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), the festival was easily accessible to those staying at nearby properties the likes of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels and will no doubt draw more visitors in the future.
The benefits of dates
An exceptional source of minerals and vitamins, dates are also a wonderful source of energy. Inclusive of essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and zinc, these exotic fruits are delectable pieces of heavenly goodness!
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Despite the recent conflict and blockade of Qatar by some of the other countries in the Middle East, Qatar is still a Go-To destination and with good reason! Keep reading this awesome guide on what exactly you could do during your free stopover in Qatar!
Also known as Al Koot, this historical fortress in located in the heart of Souq Waqif in Doha. Built in the 19th century, the Doha Fort is a popular tourist attraction and is a great way for visitors to learn about the country’s history and the history of the fort.
Souq Waqif is a great place to shop, eat and stay at! There are many Souq Waqif hotels to choose from if you want to spend a day in the city, such as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, which provide an ideal escape and haven from the heat!
Al Maha Sanctuary
Animal lovers! This place is for you! Al Maha Sanctuary is the controlled breeding ground for the Oryx – this ensures that the speicies doesn’t reach the extinction stage. The Oryx is beloved by the locals – hence why the national airline, Qatar Airways uses it as their symbol!
Who doesn’t love shopping, right?! Spend the day walking through the shiny malls in the city and leave the store only after you’ve purchased bags worth of items!
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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.
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