(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Yummy! One word to describe the Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) as it was officially launched yesterday at Al Bidda Park with exuberant live cooking demo, ample with classical circus elements like the tall man, jugglers, unicycle, and fire performance, and the staggering five-minute fireworks display at Corniche.
Qatar Airways Group CEO and Chariman of Qatar Tourism H E Akbar Al Baker inaugurated the 11th edition of QIFF which will run until December 17 in Al Bidda Park and December 3 at Corniche.
In a speech, Al Baker said that the festival is a celebration of cultural diversity and plays a key role in intensifying food and beverage industry spotlighting Qatar's scenic venues and introducing to culinary artists from around the world.
He coined QIFF as a 'milestone edition'. “We have 16 globally-acclaimed celebrity chefs, including eight from world-class chefs joining us. Courtesy of Qatar Airways, these culinary maestros have been brought together to demonstrate popular cuisine from all over the world.”
The Chairman also noted and proud for the growing number of entrepreneurs who are using the festival as a launch pad for successful Qatari projects.
“This festival embodies a new governance model by bringing together a diverse range of partners from across the world and across the public, private and semi-government sectors to curate a unique, diverse tourism experiences,” he concluded.
Discover delicious, the festival is open from 3pm until 11pm on weekdays and 3pm until 1am on weekends. Various food stalls, food trucks, live cooking shows and masterclass, shows and activities for entertainment will be conducted during the stretch of the festival.
There is something more to look forward along Corniche.
The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar has announced the launch of the Doha Lights Festival, which will take place alongside the Corniche.
Its Committee Chairman Eng. Mohammed Al Khaldi said that the Doha Lights Festival will contribute to promoting local tourism, as it takes place during the FIFA Arab Cup. It is also unique as it offers a variety of creative spectacles that suit all ages, Ashghal tweeted. The FIFA Arab Cup will run from November 30 to December 18.
Meanwhile, heads up to motorists during Corniche closure which started yesterday until December 4, heavy vehicles and buses are banned at A, B, C ring roads, 22 February, Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, and streets of Mohammed bin Thani, Al Markhiya and Al Istiqalal from 6am to 8:30am, from 12 noon to 3pm and from 5pm to 10pm, said the Ministry of Interior in a statement.
Moreover, public transport and school buses are exempted from the ban decision, while heavy vehicles are banned around the stadium at all times except from 1am to 5am.
Head of the Technical Team of the Corniche Closure Committee said that buses will be provided for transportation from B and C Ring roads starting from Souq Waqif towards Sheraton Doha. The B-Ring service starts from Souq Waqif and has 15 pick-up and drop-off points, and its last station will be Al Bidda Park, which is witnessing the FIFA Arab Cup. While, the C-Ring service starts from Souq Waqif and includes 19 pick-up and drop-off points.
The committee advised the public that best solution of transport during the closure period is through the use of Metro.
Pic by Salim Matramkot / The Peninsula
Doha Metro said in a tweet that also during the Corniche street closure, M143 will operate from Hamad Hospital Metro Station entrance 3 instead of Corniche Metro Station. And M106 will continue to operate from West Bay QP Metro Station using entrance 2 instead of entrance 1.
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