The spike in prices appeared to coincide with an influx of visitors from Saudi Arabia, during a school holiday from March 19 to 28. The neighboring country is one of Qatar’s largest source of tourists.
The event, now in its sixth year, will once again be held at the Museum of Islamic Art Park. In a statement, QTA said that the festival will feature internationally renowned chefs, the latest food trends and healthy eating options.
Nearly 1.5 million people visited Qatar in the first half of this year, more than a third of whom were citizens of neighboring Gulf countries. But it was the number of expats from these countries who appear to be increasingly coming to Qatar for leisure.
Big draws so far include the nightly Corniche water and light shows, and the new "Entertainment City" set up at the Doha Exhibition Center, which has many different offerings than during previous years' events.