The festival, which is in its sixth edition, was inaugurated in the presence of the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara, HE Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti and a massive number of media representatives.
The theme of the festival centers around a distinct feature of the Qatari heritage, one that is drawn from deep within the deserts of Qatar; sheep and goat breeding. The festival will present specific methods that help in breeding and raising sheep and will also showcase numerous traditional events along with educational and recreational activities. Halal Qatar is an opportunity to revive the Qatari heritage and relive their simple lives amidst the dunes, at Al-Mazain, Al-Mazad Auction, and sheep barns presentation.
Inaugurating the festival, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara, HE Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, said, "Qatar Halal Festival is considered to be one of the essential events hosted by Katara, as the festival attracts local and regional visitors. The festival prospers an opportunity for Katara's audiences to witness various sheep breeding aspects while considering its significant role of providing us a collection of reliable products."
"This year's festival which is scheduled to run until the 4th of March will thrive a revival in the content and look through the increase of the number of activities entailed within the festival's frame, in addition to the Qatari livestock products; including the production of food, milk and other dairy products plus derivatives handcrafts which enters the industry with its fascinating materials that are especially derived from sheep and goats." Katara's Chief added.
The General Manager explained, "Katara has always recognized the necessity of promoting local enterprises in a manner that is both sustainable and competitive. Halal Qatar Festival is in line with its efforts to provide a platform to such businesses, to display their live-stock products to the public."
Katara's GM announced, "This year's organizing committee sought to create a festival in 2017, which builds on the event's success by offering new contests and issuing new conditions and regulations. An exciting expansion of the event in 2017 involves allocating more prizes that entails 27 cars to awarded winners."
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Halal Qatar Festival, Mr. Khalid Al-Shahawani, said: "Al-Mazan contest stresses on 12 new terms and conditions, notably, participants should be at least 18 years-old and the ewe lamb must be under the participants' ownership, but if owned by more than one person, the participant will enter under the name of one person. In addition, the brood ewe should be also owned by the participant."
The festival provides residents a rare opportunity to interact with live-stock breeders and businesses, and purchase products of exceptional quality. The event has always been a big hit with children, who are delighted with the chance to observe live-stock that are penned up in enclosures at the Village premises.