(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula
Doha: After 54 days of giving fun and excitement to residents and visitors, Summer Entertainment City (SEC) brought its curtains down yesterday witnessing around 75,000 total number of visitors during its run, said organisers.
The Summer in Qatar (SiQ) centerpiece held at the sprawling 29,000sqm Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre was shorter than its previous editions. It opened on June 4 — the first day of Eid Al Fitr — and temporarily closed its doors on July 13, then reopened on August 9 running for another 15 days.
'The response was pretty much like last year. People appreciate all the different activities and offerings because every year we try to change 30 to 40 percent of the activities and we hope to do the same next year, Adil Ahmed, Founder and Board member of QSports who organised SEC for the third year in collaboration with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), told The Peninsula yesterday.
This year's SEC featured more than 85 games and activities, a main attraction at of which was the biggest indoor Virtual reality (VR) and Gaming zone which attracted many gamers to some of the world's most advanced VR simulators and gaming station. The zone, which was spread on a 6,000sqm area, also featured classic retro games such as Pac-Man, Atari and Sega.
The main areas of the SEC 2019 also included amusement rides, skills games with prizes, bespoke trampoline park, a kids driving school setup, giant blocks park for kids to play and build with large lego-type blocks, a 1,000sqm ocean ball soft play area, Qatar's first InflataPark spread over 1,200sqm, the world's largest bounce castle, a 1,200sqm skate park, synthetic ice skating, and Spider Climbing tower.
When it reopened this month, SEC added more than 50 new activities to the delight of its loyal visitors.
Over 45 food options and more than 50 retail outlets were among the other offerings at SEC, making it a one-stop shop for visitors of all ages. The food stalls and carts offered a variety of cuisines while the retail outlets sold anything from fragrances to ready-to-wear clothes to home decors.
Visitors to the SEC also enjoyed watching live performances by artistes presented in cooperation with different embassies such as Georgia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and India, as well as interacting with roaming artistes and mascots.
SEC was an integral part of the vibrant SiQ program curated by QNTC and its more than 30 partners from the public and private sectors for residents and visitors to enjoy the season's festivities.
The programme contained a wide range of activities for people of all ages and interests.
These included family-friendly entertainment shows, concerts and comedy performances by top international artistes, summer camps for children and youth, thrilling experiences and sporting tournaments in addition to exciting travel, hospitality and retail promotions.