From a relaxing getaway to splashing fun in Qatar’s biggest waterparks, Doha News brings you the best guide for your Eid plans!
In less than a week, millions of Muslims will gather worldwide to celebrate one of the most significant days in the Muslim calendar, Eid Al-Adha.
The Islamic holiday, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’, will fall on Saturday 9th July, this year.
The holy day starts with Eid prayers, which is typically 15 minutes after sunrise in Qatar, followed by the Udhiyah—the slaughtering of an animal (usually a sheep, goat, or cow) to mark the sacrifice to God made by Prophet Ibrahim.
The meat is then shared with family or distributed to those in need.
To celebrate the festivities, Qatari authorities declare the days of Eid a national holiday, giving all residents and citizens a chance to spread joy and spend time with their loved ones.
However, figuring out what to do can be a confusing errand. For that reason, Doha News has highlighted five ideas for you to make your Eid plans extra special
Shows, celebrations & prizes
If you are looking for a place to celebrate with your little ones, then Doha Festival City is definitely your place.
The spacious mall will be holding its thrilling Summer Festival with an exclusive line-up of international entertainment performances and engaging children activities.
Both the Centre Court and the Entertainment Node at the mall will host a wide range of family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as a variety of internationally recognised performances and football-related events.
The Entertainment Node will also host events for children, offering a variety of options to give them space to have the best time.
The mall is also packed with restaurants and coffee shops for a well-deserved meal, and you can always opt for a shopping spree to treat yourself.
Are you a water lover?
Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park is a hidden gem along Salwa Road in the Abu Samra neighborhood southwest of the city. It is Qatar’s most thrilling aqua adventure playground, with 56 slides and rides along with 18 other attractions.
There is a souq providing a variety of swimming necessities, as well as several restaurants, kiosks, food trucks and dishes.
You can take the whole family for 57,000 square meters of incredible fun, thrills, and excitement on Eid.
Due to high demand, however, be sure to book your entry beforehand.
This one is for all adventure-seekers: the biggest indoor theme park in the region!
Located in the Doha Oasis, Quest is a 32,000 square meter indoor theme park.
The space offers more than 30 rides and attractions that combine family-friendly activities with high-adrenaline thrill rides, controlled simulators and virtual reality experiences to create a truly unique Doha experience.
Both children and adults are accommodated to, thanks to the variety of rides and arcades for all the family to enjoy.
For extra fun, Doha Oasis has the most opulent cinema in Qatar to date, if you want to catch the latest blockbusters. VOX Doha Oasis also offers bowling alleys for the best experience possible.
A relaxing getaway
This one is all about enjoying the scenery and taking some well-deserved time off.
Located just miles from Al Khor, Purple Island is a tranquil island surrounded by lush foliage and mangroves. The beautiful spaces and calm environment gives you a chance to reconnect with nature away from the bustle of the metropolis.
Visitors can also enjoy a long hike, a cozy picnic and fun kayaking experience to top off the day.
A dip in the sea
For all those who don’t enjoy busy hotels in Doha, it’s time to park your car and head to one of the country’s hidden paradises.
Al Safliya island is a perfect destination for all nature lovers and introverts to the country’s natural beauty, due to its distance and exclusivity.
The only way to reach the island is through a dhow boat from the Pearl or Doha Corniche. The trip takes an approximate 10-30 minutes, depending on where you board.
Aside sunbathing, swimming, and taking in the mesmerising views of the Doha skyline, visitors to the island can engage in a number of water sports, including, but not limited to, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, swimming and paddle boarding.
Its crystal clear beach is the most scenic place to take pictures, especially during sunset with a view of Doha’s skyscrapers.