Qatar residents looking for something fun to do this weekend have their choice of two different festivals being held at Souq Waqif and Souq Wakrah.
Those having trouble deciding where to go tonight (Jan. 20) may want to head south.
That’s because Souq Wakrah is marking its inaugural spring festival with a “spectacular” fireworks show at 8pm.
The souq is also holding a regular operetta near the seaside that recreates what life was like in Qatar before oil and gas were discovered.
There’s also a kid zone with games and rides, and other entertainment.
Speaking to the Qatar Tribune, Souq Al Wakrah Manager Khalid al Suwaidi said some 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the event each day. He said:
“Souq Al Wakrah is quiet because many events are held in Doha. Through the festival, we expect to attract many visitors to Souq Al Wakrah, especially families.”
Meanwhile, Souq Waqif’s annual Spring Festival also kicks off this weekend.
It runs from 3:30pm to 10:30pm daily through Feb. 3 and includes several cultural festivals, a musical parade and concerts by Arab singers.
The controversial dolphin show has also returned to the Souq’s amusement park (aka Al Ahmed Square).
This will be held from 4pm to 5pm and from 7pm to 8pm each day. The area is also hosting rides and games for children.
And over at Katara Cultural Village, a winter festival is going on from Sunday, Jan. 22 to Jan. 26 from 4pm to 9pm daily.
The event includes interactive exhibitions on falconry and salukis, traditional food, cultural shows and games.
The program schedule for that festival is here.