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Eid Festival leaves Qatari youth disappointed

Eid Festival leaves Qatari youth disappointed

While the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has been heavily promoting its 10-day long Eid Festival, many of the Qatari youth, mainly males, felt that the festival only catered to children and families.

According to a report by local Arabic daily Arrayah, Qatari youth had limited options to seek fun over the holidays. Most of them opted for Sealine and Al-Khor coastal areas, while others chose cafes in malls, to meet up with friends and celebrate.

QTA’s Eid Festival is being held at various venues across Qatar. This includes a music festival at Souq Waqif, fireworks and laser show at Katara, aerial tours by Qatar Air Sports Committee, and a Wanasa Entertainment City built at the Doha Exhibition Centre among many others. Though most activities in the malls conclude on 17 August, other venues have their programmes on till October. Click here to read the full schedule of activities.

However, the general overview of the festival was that it “lacked fun and adventure”, and many of the activities were a repetition from previous years. Others complained that most activities were only limited to Doha that led to traffic congestion during the first few days of Eid. With a lack of entertainment options available in the country, most Qatari youth said they prefer to travel abroad to spend their holidays. Read the full report published in Gulf Times here.

What did you think of the Eid Festival?

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