on Friday with the presence of Katara General Manager His Excellency Dr. Khlaid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti and the Kuwaiti ambassador in Doha His Excellency, Metyeb Saleh Al Mutotah.
The competitions for this year edition that will continue till the 28 of this month, are divided into three categories: Arab, Awared, and Suriyat. Each competition feature two parades of local sheep which are added to showcase the need for support of local breeders. This edition is also marked by four main competitions: Al-Mezzaine (beauty), the auction, Al-Hathaer (stables), and Ahl-Elsanf (breed).
The festival is presented in the southern area of Katara and supplied with modern facilities, entertainment services, and medical services. Additionally, a playground for children is on hand to encourage families to attend the festival and enjoy its activities.
The top 10 participants for this edition will be awarded with a shield and a cash prize. The top prize QR 100,000, QR 50,000 is the second prize, QR 30,000 is third prize, QR 15,000 is fourth prize, QR 10,000 is fifth prize and QR 5,000 is awarded to 6th to 10th place.
Also featured in this edition are a series of traditional tents. One of the tents is dedicated to showcasing handicrafts like rug weaving, wool dying, quilt making, and many other decorative items normally present within a traditional Qatari home. The children's tent is visited by a large number of families from different backgrounds. They enjoyed watching the folkloric performances on hand. Other handicraft workshops are also held in the tents where books on Qatari heritage, mummified animals, and other traditional objects are on display.
The festival also houses a traditional market inspired by ancient Qatari architecture. It was frequented by a wide range of visitors who each attended to learn more about traditional handicrafts and local products. The products displayed detailed representations of traditional Qatari life, such as shops for coffee supplies, olive oil, honey, dates, perfume, and traditional foods.
Kiosks are stationed throughout the festival each selling tasty traditional Qatari dishes such as madroobah, harees, balaleet, and biryani, among other treats. Other prominent heritage features are visible within the festival site, such as traditional Arabic lounges which embodies the warm hospitality for which Qataris are known.