Qatar is all set to welcome Eid al-Adha and variety of events are scheduled to celebrate the festival. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in association with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) and Barwa Group will organise Eid al-Adha celebrations for expatriate communities on the first and second days of Eid.
A series of artistic performances and shows will keep the residents engaged and entertained at the Katara – the Cultural Village on Doha from the first day of Eid.
The MoI events are scheduled on September 1 and 2 between 5pm and 10pm across six venues, namely, the Asian Town, Labour City, Barwa Baraha, Al Wakra Sports Club, Al Ahli Sports Club and Barwa Workers Recreation Complex at Al Khor.
The schedule of the celebrations were announced on Tuesday at a meeting by MoI’s Public Relations director Brigadier Abdullah Khalifa al-Muftah, MADLSA’s International Labour Relations Department director Khalid Abdullah al-Ghanim and assistant director Faisal al-Shuaibi at a meeting attended by representatives of many expatriate communities.
Brigadier al-Muftah said that the programme will have musical, cultural, folklore and traditional performances by teams from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The occasion will also allow various government departments and agencies to hold some awareness programmes for expats. Officials from the departments of the Ministry of Interior such as Traffic, Civil Defence, Al Fazaa Police, Community Police, Search and Follow up Department, and Human Rights Department will hold such sessions. There will be awareness classes by the officials of the Emergency Service 999 and MoI Public Relations Department.
Visitors can witness the artistic show inspired by the Arab heritage, which revolves around the famous character of Arabian tales and comic stories that mix excitement and suspense.
The stories will be presented daily in an interactive manner through an “attraction shadow theatre,” known as a modern technique using bright colours and shapes designed especially for the show.
Organisers said the performances will feature three different stories such as the Arabian tales, Roman Caesar, Alice in Wonderland, and Aladdin, in addition to a live acrobatic show.
The shows run in three instalments: from 6.30pm to 7pm; 7.45pm to 8.15pm, and 9pm to 9.30pm.
Children will receive Eid gifts at 7pm and 8.15pm along with the daily display of fireworks at 9.30pm. Having entertained more than 12,000 comedy fans in the past few years, the DCF returns this summer for an evening full of laughter on September 3 with a special line-up of five international comedians.
QTA said that the tickets for the event to be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre were going fast with only a limited number still available in the silver and gold class at Virgin Megastores in Qatar.
DCF’s newest edition marks the first time the country is hosting Vir Das, India’s most popular English speaking comedian; and Mo Amer, the pioneer Arab-American comedian who has cemented his position as an original voice in comedy. They will be joined by Iranian-American founding member of ‘Axis of Evil’, Maz Jobrani; Lebanon’s King of Comedy Nemr; and the Qatari favourite, Hamad al-Amari.