(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Raynald C Riviera | The Peninsula
The spine-tingling Bou Deryah horror house at Souq Al Wakrah and the amazing circus at Souq Waqif were crowd-pullers at the opening day of Eid Al Adha celebrations at two of the main tourist destinations in Qatar yesterday.
Not for the faint of heart, Bou Deryah features 10 rooms with terrifying characters which test the courage of every visitor who enters the house open from 6pm to 10pm. Entry to the horror house, which is a first in Souq Al Wakrah, costs QR25 and pregnant women and children below 12 years old are not allowed.
'It's my first time to try a horror house and it certainly did not disappoint. It was unique and exciting and worth the experience. There should be more of this in Qatar, said Mark, who was one of the first to try the horror house.
An international circus is the main attraction at Souq Waqif's five-day Eid celebrations. Staged three times every night, the show features mostly European artistes. The show which lasts for more than an hour is priced QR20.
'It is good to once in a while let kids experience the magic of circus which they would remember for a long time that's why I decided to bring my kids here. It's so entertaining not only for them but for parents like me as well, said Peter, a father, who brought his three children to watch the show.
Visitors tot the two souqs also enjoyed the a variety of family rides and games located in huge tents erected specially for the celebrations.
Some of the games at Souq Al Wakrah's tent, which is located adjacent to the parking area, bear an Eid fun flavour including a set of sheep-themed games like Swimming Sheep, Hit the Sheep, Feed the Sheep, Kidnap the Sheep, Thirsty Sheep and Hunt the Sheep.
The tent also features some unique games such as Glow in the Dark Golf, Throw and Smash, Car Race and virtual penalty kick game. Among the kiddie rides and games at the tent are Crazy Wave, Trampoline, Caterpillar, Helicopter, Bump Cars, Old Race, and Ocean Ball.
There is also kids area where movies are screened and a workshop area where children can have colouring and drawing sessions.
An array of toys, snacks, and traditional food are available at several stalls that can be found inside and outside the tent.
The beachfront at Souq Al Wakrah also witnessed hundreds of families who enjoyed swimming and bonding time.
Located in Al Ahmed Square, the Souq Waqif Eid tent offers different family rides and games such as Pirate Ship, carousel, train, mini golf, ocean ball, trampoline and video games. Fifteen game booths can also be found in the tent offering unique games such as Air Gun, Target Blasters, Ring Toss, Knockdown, Basketball and Archer where players can win some prizes.
For young art enthusiasts, Souq Waqif Art Center is offering art and crafts workshops for children.
Entry to the tents is free and games and rides are uniformly priced at QR10. Meanwhile, it was brisk business for the long line of the restaurants and cafes in both souqs as customers thronged in large numbers to savour the varied scrumptious cuisines on offer and spend quality time with friends and family during the holidays.
Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakrah's hundreds of shops selling all types of goods also witnessed brisk sales yesterday as thousands of residents and visitors chose to spend their second day of Eid at the souqs.
Doha Metro's Red Line which was in full operation yesterday contributed to the rush of visitors in both souqs providing fast and cheap mode of transport to residents from remote areas.
Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakrah Eid celebrations run until August 16 from 5pm to 11pm.