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Summer in Qatar program continues to amaze tourists and locals

Summer in Qatar program, more than half-way since its launch on June 4, has attracted and engaged significant number of local and international tourists. The initiative of the QNTC is being lauded as a massive success by international and local media outlets.

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The Summer in Qatar (SiQ) program, an initiative of the Qatari government under its Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has gained massive popularity among international tourists and local nationals, workers and residents.

Khalid Al-Jumaili an official of the QNTC has stated that the program has attracted and engaged more people to experience and take part in various tourism offerings and activities taking place across the country.

Pointing at the indicators of the success markup, Al-Jumaili talked about the various collaborations between different stakeholders starting from the preparation phase during Ramadan. He confirmed the collaboration of 30 stakeholders that came together to present the biggest SiQ.

World renowned DJ and American electronic music producer ‘Marshmello’ performed live in Qatar last night, as part of Summer in Qatar’s music and concert activities.

The QNTC has reportedly also partnered with more than 16 public and private entities for the big event including the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar Museums, Qatar Airways, Katara – the Cultural Village, Qatar Foundation, Private Engineering Office, Katara Hospitality, Al Rayyan Hospitality, Marriott International hotels, nine participating malls, and other event partners such as QSports, Social Studios, Alchemy and Radio One FM Qatar.

Al-Jumaili also noted the sharp increase in purchase sales and mall entries indicating SiQ is “on the right path to success”

Trevor Noah’s Performance at Summer in Qatar’s Doha Comedy Festival

Earlier this month, the South African born US-based comedian, writer, producer and political commentator Trevor Noah of the Daily Show brought the house down with his unique take on various cultural and political issues with humor and wit.

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According to Qatari media reports, the audience roared with laughter during the remarkable comedy show held at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) as part of ‘Summer in Qatar’. On his second visit to Doha, Noah toured the recently opened National Museum of Qatar before taking the stage at QNCC.

Through his set, the comedian connected with a diverse crowd, with jokes tailored to various cultures. Tickets for the performance were sold out in advance. The show reportedly sold more than 3,700 tickets, according to a statement issued by the QNTC.

Noah is the first of several comedians set to bring laughter to audiences in Qatar this summer, including British-Iranian Omid Djalili, Lebanese-American Nemr Abou Nassar and Qatar’s own Hamad al-Amari expected to perform on August 15.

“Marshmello” Masked DJ Rocked Summer in Qatar

World renowned DJ and American electronic music producer ‘Marshmello’ performed live in Qatar last night, as part of Summer in Qatar’s music and concert activities.

Qatar brings together traditional hospitality with its modern cosmopolitan outlook, the chance to enjoy a rich cultural experience, with modern new adventures.

On his Instagram account, Marshmello posted a picture of him on a rooftop with Qatar’s skyline at the back with the caption “Netflix and Chill?”

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The artist gained international recognition through his remixes of songs by American DJ duo Jack U and Russian-German DJ Zedd. He is best known for the songs ‘Silence’, ‘Wolves’, ‘Friends’ and ‘Happier’ in collaboration with international artists like Anne-Marie, Selena Gomez and Bastille. His song ‘Alone’ has more than 1.3 billion views on YouTube.

Marshmello is best known for his white bucket mask he wears during shows. There is lot of theories behind his mystery identity.

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His performance was widely covered on social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram through live and story video coverage. International tourists and local youngster were seen swaying and dancing on the beats dropped by the masked DJ.

Earlier this month the American EDM artist Marshmello enthralled fans in Jeddah with a brilliant live performance, his first in Saudi Arabia at Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Basketball Arena at King Abdullah Sport City.

Last month the SiQ kicked off with a Bollywood Music Festival on June 21 to coincide with World Music Day celebrations. One FM Live in cooperation with SiQ brought the best of Bollywood music in this one-of-a-kind show presented on a grand scale.

Offering a Visa free entry for more than 80 countries, the program is said to be one of the biggest event that Qatar is set to host. In addition to visa relief, Qatar airways is said to be offering 25 percent discount on air-fares.

Organized at the 10,000-seat Lusail Indoor Arena with over 50 musicians led by multi-award winning Indian singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan who first mesmerized Doha with her stunning performance during the opening ceremony of Doha Asian Games in 2006.

Summer in Qatar- “Road to Success”

Started on June 4, 2019, around Eid-Al-Fitr, the Summer in Qatar program has since attracted hundreds and thousands of foreign tourists for an ultimate experience of Qatar’s hospitality and culture. Expected to end on Eid-Al-Adha around August 16, the event is said to be offering special discounts and promotions for visitors availing the opportunity in the realms of hospitality and accommodation, sightseeing, local cuisine, cultural excursions, travel and a plethora of amusement options to choose from.

The event perhaps is a celebration of Qatar’s diversified present deeply rooted in its historical and cultural richness. Qatar brings together traditional hospitality with its modern cosmopolitan outlook, the chance to enjoy a rich cultural experience, with modern new adventures. This charm of the old and the new is what makes Qatar distinct in comparison to its regional competitors of the tourism and hospitality sector.

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Offering a Visa free entry for more than 80 countries, the program is said to be one of the biggest event that Qatar is set to host. In addition to visa relief, Qatar Airways is said to be offering 25 percent discount on air-fares from more than 150 countries to Doha starting from June 4 to August 16. For transit passengers, Qatar Airways is offering a unique package, +Qatar that is designed to provide luxury transit stays at top-notch hotels and transit-visa facility for those interested. A personalized “meet and assist service” is also being offered to passengers arriving at the Hamad International Airport.

Luxury accommodation and hospitality services are planned out for the tourists staying in between the finalized dates of the program. A 25 percent discount is being offered to all accommodation services including the JW Marriot chain of premium hotels.

All kinds accommodating family-friendly and children-friendly entertainment activities have been planned out for the guests, residents and local Qataris. Discounted cultural experiences at Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village, Doha Corniche for a beautiful view of the Doha skyline, entry to historical museums and artifacts and modern art display in the streets of Qatar is all part of the exciting experience during the summer program. Other than the local art, culture and history, foreign artists are also expected to perform at various musical evenings. In addition to that, performing art and theatre performances are being lined up for adults and children with a penchant for art.

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Qatar continues to engage in international tourism diplomacy in order to generate a diversified economy. The Summer in Qatar program is expected to reinvigorate Qatar’s international reputation which was hit by the 2017 Gulf blockade. As Qatar also prepares to enter the World Cup 2022 host-league, events such as these bring Qatar a reliable foreign revenue and renews its position as an influential country of the Gulf and greater Middle East.