The Cultural Village Katara has once again reaffirmed its position as a prime Eid destination as visitors in large numbers thronged the Esplanade for its Eid Al Adha celebrations which kicked off on a high note yesterday.
Visitors comprising mostly families witnessed and took part in the variety of activities Katara had lined up for its four-day Eid celebrations.
Doha Metroâ€™s Red Line, which was in full operation yesterday, further contributed to the influx of visitors from as far as Al Wakrah who all enjoyed the activities. Qatar Rail earlier announced yesterday in its social media platforms Doha Metro Red Line will be operating till Friday from 6am to 11pm.
â€œWe are very happy to be here, thanks to the cheap and fast transport provided through the Doha Metro. It just took QR2 and 30 minutes for us to reach Al Qassar,â€ said Ahmed, who came to Katara all the way from Al Wakrah along with his friends.
While some of the visitors had fun on the beach, many of the people stayed on the Esplanade where all the activities took place.
As early as 5pm,the designated play area began receiving young children who took delight on several giant bouncy castles specially set up for the celebration. They later flocked to the two stations in the middle of the Esplanade to receive gifts distributed by Katara volunteers.
â€œKatara has always been the favourite of our family during Eid because it is spacious and has a nice ambience since it is facing the sea. There are many activities available for the entire family plus there are many restaurants where we can take our dinner later tonight,â€ said Josel, a regular visitor to Katara.
In addition to the plethora of cuisines available in restaurants and cafes, visitors savoured the wide selection of delectable food and beverages offeredÂ by food trucks and carts scattered around the Esplanade.
The Police Training Institute (PTI) military band entertained hundreds of people with their excellent performance playing musical instruments while moving in sync as they marched along the beachfront in neat rows.
Capping the dayâ€™s events was a breathtaking fireworks display which painted Kataraâ€™s skies in stunning colours. Many visitors aimed their phones towards the sky to capture the beautiful sight.
The fun doesnâ€™t stop there. The next three days promises more fun activities. From today until Wednesday, Al Thurayya Planetarium will screen 3D movies in Arabic and English starting with â€œDawn of the Space Age at 5pm (Arabic) and 7pm (English). Scheduled for tomorrowâ€™s screening is â€œThe Perfect Little Planet,â€ and â€œThe Astronautâ€ on Wednesday with the same timing.
The PTI military band performance, Eid gifts distribution and fireworks display will continue today until Wednesday at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm respectively.
The childrenâ€™s play area will also remain open every day until Wednesday from 5pm till 10pm. The malls participating in the ongoing Summer in Qatar programme also witnessed increase in footfall.
â€œThe Little Mermaidâ€ at Lagoona Mall, â€œCinderella Storyâ€ at Hyatt Plaza Mall, â€œThe Carnivalâ€ at Mirqab Mall and â€œNickelodeon Rocksâ€ show and meet-and-greet at Mall of Qatar attracted large number of families as well as the roaming Under the Sea characters and The Avengers and Spider-Man.Â The ongoing Lego Festival at Doha Festival City and the Balloon Drop at Landmark Mall were also crowd-pullers on the first day of Eid.