Cirque du Soleil returns; But entertainment in Qatar doesn’t come cheap
Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian entertainment company, is returning to Doha with another production titled Dralion this year, following its successful weeklong run of the Saltimbanco show in 2012.
Dralion is inspired by Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show derives its name from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolising the East, and the lion, symbolising the West.
Supported by Qatar Tourism Authority, SDI Marketing and Chevrolet, the show was originally scheduled to run from September 19 to 21 with two shows per day at 6pm and 9.30pm. However, due to popular demand, the company has lined up seven additional performances on September 23 and between September 26 and 28. Tickets for the show are priced at QR250, QR350, QR400, QR500, QR1000, QR1100 and QR2000 and are available at the Cirque du Soleil Qatar website.
The price of tickets to Dralion in other countries such as Spain and Italy are priced more reasonably than in Qatar. In Rome, the tickets were priced between 40.25 and 80.50 euros (QR197 – QR391); in Barcelona, between 29 and 76 euros (QR141 – QR369).
The prices of tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows around the world on an average are a lot more reasonable, often not exceeding QR700. Tickets to the company’s Totem production in Los Angeles are priced between USD60 and USD150 (QR212 and QR530) with VIP tickets selling for USD270 (QR983); and the Alegria production in Newcastle, UK can be viewed for a price of GBP56.75 (QR329).
In Qatar, the cheapest tickets would set a family of four back by QR1000.
A Cirque Du Soleil show, however, is not to be missed, if you can afford the tickets.
All performances of Dralion will be held at the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence (Aspire Dome) in Al Waab. Ample seating for individuals with disabilities will also be available.
Below is the schedule of performances for Dralion:
|September 19, Thursday||6pm, 9.30pm|
|September 20, Friday||6pm, 9.30pm|
|September 21, Saturday||6pm, 9.30pm|
|September 23, Monday||7pm|
|September 26, Thursday||6pm, 9.30pm|
|September 27, Friday||4pm, 7.30pm|
|September 28, Saturday||4pm, 7.30pm|