scheduled to run until the 4th of March at Katara's southern area. It is sought that Halal Qatar Festival is one of the most comprehensive and well-known festivals within the GCC region.
The widely recognized event is witnessing a large number of visitors from all walks of life, visiting to enjoy the well-set ambiance of the festival. Katara's audiences are clearly observing major elements, including: the revival of the Qatari culture and traditional heritage as the festival provides a snapshot of Qatar's ancestral way of life to the upcoming generations, the preservation process of the Arabic identity and the Islamic culture, and the introduction to the Qatari heritage by revealing the country's traditions.
Halal Qatar is an opportunity to resuscitate the Qatari heritage and relive their simple lives amidst the dunes, at Al-Mazain, Al-Mazad Auction, and sheep barns presentation. Al-Mazain is a beauty contest show for goats and sheep, while the barns are a number of enclosures including different types of sheep exposed to visitors. Lastly, Al-Mazad (the Auction), which is entails selling groups of livestock through a live auction.
This year's organizing committee sought to create a festival that builds on the event's success by offering new contests and issuing new conditions and regulations. An exciting expansion of the 6th edition of the festival involves allocating more prizes including the distribution of 27 cars to awarded winners.
Besides the 27 cars, the other prize includes: The Shepherd's crook which is the main highlight of Halal Qatar Festival awards. The crook is considered to be of great value for the Shepherd, as he uses it to escort and guide his sheep, lean on it, and aids him in defending himself from any threat or danger.
The crook is sculpted from rich German beech wood, which is the finest types of wood, and will be dedicated to the winners that entailed the first position in Halal Qatar competitions. In addition, the crook is gold-plated and contains handmade copper designs. This momentous gift symbolizes the heritage of our ancient ancestors.
On the side, the festival also features a series of traditional tents showcasing Qatari handicrafts such as rug weaving, wool dying and quilt making. A 'children's tent' depicting folklore performances, was seen to draw in large families over the weekend, as did other stalls that presented objects that reflect the Qatari heritage, and displayed mummified animals and other traditional objects. In addition, a playground for children has been set up to encourage families to attend the festival and make the most of the seasonal weather.
Another major attraction is a traditional market, inspired by ancient Qatari architecture, which displays the day-to-day staples in a Qatari household. The venue is also dotted with kiosks selling traditional dishes such as; madroobah, harees, balaleet, and biryani, and traditional Arabic lounges embodying the warmth and hospitality of the Qatari culture.
It is noteworthy that the morning session of the festival, which is scheduled to start at 9am until 12 pm will be dedicated to informative school trips starting Sunday, the 26th of February. The afternoon session which is organized to begin at 4 pm until 10 pm, will be open to the public to relish some of the fascinating activities arranged for the audiences.