(MENAFN- The Peninsula)
Doha: The much-anticipated Qatar International Food Festival returns with its 11th edition, along with the 18th edition of Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, amid a winter season with exciting sporting events and family-friendly activities.
Qatar Tourism announced a packed winter calendar for visitors and residents. These include Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), fine dining experiences with Michelin-Star World Class Chefs, Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, and Qatar Live, a series of entertainment shows.
Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF)
The first in the impressive line-up of events is Qatar's longest-running food and beverage festival, Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), which runs from 26 November to 17 December, in its longest edition to date. Taking place at Al Bidda Park, it combines culinary arts with a range of activations, including a live cooking theatre by globally renowned chefs and exciting festivities providing family entertainment for residents and visitors of all ages. Over 140 vendors will serve at the festival.
QIFF stages a cooking theatre every day with three to five demonstrations by renowned chefs. During the opening week of the festival, several World Class Chefs including: Frederic Jaunault, Heinz Beck, Kei Kobayashi, Jannis Brevet, Jean Thomas Schneider, David Kinch, Christian le Squer, and Gilles Goujon will participate. The cooking theatre will feature celebrity chefs from the region including Dani García, , Aisha Al Tamimi, Shams Al-Qassabi, William Dissen & Saif Rahman, Hervé Courtot, Hassan Al Ibrahim, Grenal Godinho, Aleksandre Ugrekhelidze, Arturo Mendez, Roberto Reatini, Aaj Fernando, Sergio Galaz, Hari Wahyudin and Santiago Guerrero.
The festival additionally hosts food trucks at a stretch of Corniche Road for nine days, starting 26 November. There is also fireworks display at every weekend i.e., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the course of the festival.
While general admission to QIFF is free of cost, multiple VIP areas are set up around the festival that can be reserved for 350 QR per booking.
Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition
The 18th Edition of Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition will open on 12 December and run until 17 December at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC).
The exhibition is a leading platform for contemporary Arabian fashion. Heya is expected to host more than 130 exhibitors including designers from 10 countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Indonesia, India and Turkey, alongside a sizeable presence of home-grown talent. This year, Heya will feature eight fashion shows, four workshops, four master classes and nine discussions on topics related to the world of fashion and sustainable fashion, with the participation of a group of the most famous fashion experts in Qatar, the region and the world.
Shortly after the launch of QIFF, the country will stage Qatar Live. 10 renowned artists from the Arab world will perform at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) from 5 December to 17 December. Tickets can be purchased via Virgin Megastore and are priced at 190 QAR for Silver, 290 QAR for Gold, 375 QAR for Platinum, and 750 QAR for VIP.
o Thursday, 5 December: Majida El Roumi
o Thursday, 9 December: Mutref Al Mutref, Assala and Abdallah Al Rowaished
o Thursday, 16 December: Myriam Fares, Assi El Hallani and Salah Al Zadjali
o Friday, 17 December: Aedh Yousef, Asma Lamnawar and Fahad Al-Kubaisi
Qatar Live will also host a Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Experience:
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Experience will take place from 8 December to 11 December at Lusail Arena. The event will provide an exclusive opportunity to see real-life versions of the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys.
Tickets for the shows are available online at Virgin Megastore (link available on Visit Qatar). Prices start at 75 QAR for Bronze tickets.
The drive-in cinema will continue to run until March 2022.
Qatar Balloon Festival:
Qatar Balloon Festival is set to return from 9 - 18 December at Aspire Park. The second edition of the festival is expected to have 35 hot air balloons from around the world participating.
Aspire Lake Festival:
Aspire Lake Festival is taking place in January 2022. The festival will be a masterpiece for all ages to enjoy, featuring musical and artistic entertainment performed in boats on the Aspire Lake.
The sporting highlights of the winter season revolve around the FIFA Arab Cup 2021. 16 teams from across the Arab world is competing in Doha. Between November 30 and December 18, the event will provide an opportunity to both competitors and spectators to experience the iconic stadiums that will host FIFA World Cup 2022.
In December, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) will return from 7 December to 9 December at QNCC.
Following a gap of over a year, Qatar is resuming its cruise activities with its biggest season to date. During the 2021-22 season, Doha Port will receive 76 confirmed calls. Eleven cruise liners will make their maiden calls to Doha with the same number of turnaround calls and ten ships docking overnight, giving passengers two days to explore the destination's offerings.
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