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Starting next week, Qatar residents will be able to buy more locally-grown produce closer to home, after a new food festival kicks off at Katara Cultural Village on Jan. 3.

Like the popular local farmer’s markets, the Mahaseel (fresh produce) festival will host vendors selling Qatar-grown vegetables, fruit and poultry as well as flowers, honey, juice and dairy products.

But it will be a much closer venue for most people, as the current markets are located in Al Khor, Al Wakrah and Al Mazrouah (near Umm Salal Stadium).

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Katara

The festival will take place in the southern part of Katara near Parking Area 5 (see map here) and will run from Jan. 3 to Jan. 7 from 8am to 9pm.

It will then open again every weekend from 8am to 6pm until the end of April.

According to organizers at Katara, a total of 22 outlets and 12 vending trucks will take part.

Good value promise

Speaking to media this week, Katara’s General Manager Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said that produce sold at the market would be “only the best quality.

He added that it would be cheaper than similar goods sold at the country’s wholesale markets.

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Farmer’s market produce

Additionally, Katara’s restaurants will be encouraged to buy the food they need for their outlets from the markets, Al Sulaiti said.

At the end of each day that the market is open, food will be donated to “needy families,” he added.

Katara will also host an exhibition about Nakheel Palm trees at the market. There, visitors will be taught how to plant one, as well as learn about the tree’s health benefits and importance in Qatar.

Additionally, visitors will be invited to take part in a weekly contest to win QR2,000 worth of shopping coupons.

Thoughts?

Fireworks show at Katara

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Fireworks show at Katara

Katara Cultural Village is wrapping up a week of Eid Al Adha entertainment tonight (Thursday) with its final fireworks show at 10:15pm.

Before the show, a special Sinbad the Sailor performance will be held three times, at 7pm, 8:15pm and 9:30pm.

A special ship-like stage has been designed for the show, which organizers said will include “spectacular flying.”

Entrance is free. Who’s going?

All photos by Reem Saad

Hundreds of people have been flocking to a newly launched beach festival at Katara Cultural Village to cool off ahead of the Eid Al Adha holidays.

Splash Waterpark, which opened a few weeks behind schedule to the public in Qatar on Thursday, consists of more than 60 rides and games.

They include a “waterpark city,” inflatables, pools, football fields, an entertainment stage, food vendors and Doha’s first-ever zipline, among other things.

Katara Splash Waterpark

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Katara Splash Waterpark

Most activities can be accessed with a one-day pass of QR100 per person (children under the age of three years old are free). An additional QR100 is required for to use the zipline.

Wooing tourists

The festival will continue for two months. It was organized in partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority by a new local agency known as Alaqat.

Speaking to Doha News, event and business development manager Hatim Aboussid said the company had been working to set up the festival in time for the holidays.

Not everyone leaves Qatar for Eid, so “we thought why not give them at least something to hang out to and something to bring their kids and families to,” he said.

The park is also one last “wave of amusement in the heat we are facing these days,” Aboussid added.

Zipline

During a recent visit, Doha News observed children running around the 7,000 square meter area. Many jumped on inflatables, built sand castles and swam while their parents cooled off in the shade.

Several visitors also lined up to ride the zipline.

Katara Splash Waterpark

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Katara Splash Waterpark

Exceeding 150m in height, the zipline was installed by a team of experts from the Philippines and can handle up to 150kg at a time.

Prior to the festival’s launch, a rigorous testing process was undertaken to meet safety standards.

“Technically speaking, it wasn’t a piece of cake to put in place and get the approvals necessary, and the safety and security precautions.

But all of them were taken into consideration, (and) everything is pretty solid and tough.”

Aboussid added that new attractions will be added every few weeks, including a 50m-water slide and water blobs.

The waterpark is open from 3pm to midnight daily and will run until Nov. 8.

Who’s going? Thoughts?