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HIA brings ‘Summer in Qatar’ activities to its terminal

HIA brings ‘Summer in Qatar’ activities to its terminal

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA
An array of cultural shows marked the launch of Summer in Qatar (SiQ) activities at the Hamad International Airport (HIA) on Wednesday.
From traditional presentation to stilt walkers and headless mascots, the shows and performances across the HIA terminal were aimed at letting passengers know about SiQ activities.
HIA is expected to host a wide range of activities for passengers to experience Qatar’s rich hospitality and culture throughout the summer.
More than 7 million passengers are expected to travel through HIA during the summer peak period (July and August 2019). The second quarter of 2019 has been the busiest Q2 period for the airport yet, which is a testament to its growth.
The activities were organised by HIA in collaboration with Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free.
HIA Chief Operating Officer Engineer Badr Mohammed al Meer said, “The plethora of ‘Summer in Qatar’ activities at HIA are strategically located across the terminal to ensure travellers get to enjoy and participate in the activities offered at the airport. Passengers in transit for more than five hours have the opportunity to visit Qatar and experience more of its ‘Summer in Qatar’ festivities through our stop-over programme. Most importantly, we hope it gives everyone transferring through HIA a taste of Qatar’s unparalleled hospitality and authentic experiences.”
QNTC Chief Marketing Officer Rashed al Qurese said, “HIA is the first port of call for the majority of visitors, and is sometimes their sole experience of Qatar. As such, it is an important partner in enhancing the visitor experience. We are pleased to work together to promote Qatar as a destination this summer and beyond. Home to a world class airline and award winning airport, there is much to experience in Qatar, and through this partnership we hope that more travellers will venture out and partake in all that Qatar has to offer. Through partnerships with multi-party stakeholders, QNTC works to further develop and enhance the tourism sector in Qatar.”
There will be a wide range of activities in the Heritage Zone in Concourse B for passengers to experience and learn more about the Qatari culture and hospitality.
In a traditional tent setting, activities will include calligraphy writing and henna tattoos. Passengers will also have the chance to see cultural handicraftsmen at work like prayer bead producers, basket weavers, and pearl jewellery makers.
To add to the cultural experience, magnificent live performances will also take place such as the horse dances, a traditional dance performed in a horse-shaped box decorated with coloured cloth, beads and gold jewellery as well as Funoon Bahria, Jalsat Tarab and Oud playing.
The SiQ activities at Concourse C will include a dedicated ‘Kids Zone’ to cater to families and provide them with entertainment whilst traveling through the airport. A variety of activities will be offered for children of all ages such as kids’ yoga, kite and paper plane making, as well as a giant painting wall for kids to showcase their creativity.
Travellers will also be able to enjoy up to 60 percent off their purchases when shopping from an extensive range of favourite brands and products available at Qatar Duty Free, the exclusive retailer at the state-of-the-art HIA.

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