The announcement features a line-up of festivals and family-friendly activities to complement the cool season in Qatar

Lagos,Nigeria- Together with Qatar Airways, Qatar Tourism launches the third edition of the Qatar Balloon Festival, with over 50 hot air balloons from 17 different countries, colouring Doha’s skies from morning to evening from the 19th to 28th of January 2023 at Old Doha Port. During the press launch, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism have revealed an exciting line-up of events and festivals for this winter season.
At the press conference, Qatar Tourism Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker was joined by Omar Al Jaber, Qatar Tourism Director of Shared Services Department; Sheikha Hessa Al Thani, Head of Marketing at Qatar Tourism. Qatari rally driver Nasser Abdullah Al Attiyah later joined the panel to announce his long-term sponsorship with Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways, more details about this venture to be announced soon.
Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “With the conclusion of a very memorable FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, we look forward to maintaining the same rhythm of excitement for 2023 to continue working towards our 2030 goal. With both the Tourism and Aviation sectors in Qatar working together, we believe that our collaboration and collective work towards achieving the best calendar of events for 2023.”
Qatar Balloon Festival
The 10 days festival will include mesmerising sunrise balloon launches, the ‘Night Glow’, Tethered Lights, live entertainment and mouth-watering food kiosks and trucks. All hot air balloon rides will launch during sunrise giving riders a spectacular view of Doha. Visitors attending in the evenings will get to experience the mesmerising ‘Night Glow’, where all 50 balloons will light up the night sky with their vibrant designs. The festival also includes a variety of performances from DJs, singers and music bands, dancers, magic shows, violinists and much more.
Qatar Live

Disney Princess Concert
Qatar Tourism (QT) and Qatar Airways bring an exciting production of the world-renowned Disney Princess – The Concert to Doha in the Katara Amphitheatre, in partnership with Disney Concerts and Broadway Entertainment Group.
For three nights, starting January 26 – 28, some of Broadway and the West End’s most celebrated artists will perform this unique tribute to Disney Princesses alongside a live orchestral performance by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
GKA Kitesurfing Tournament
Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways are bringing a water-sport world cup to Doha, kicking off the new year with thrilling sporting events. Fuwairit Kite Beach will house the Qatar GKA Freestyle Kite World Cup 2023 from 31 January – 4 February 2023.
Qatar TotalEnergies Open (Tennis)
The professional women’s tennis tournament is back for its 21st edition which will take place in the outdoor hard courts of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from 13 – 18 February 2023.
Doha Jewelry and Watches Exhibition
With close to two decades of being the epitome of luxury and elegance in Qatar, the Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition is all set to amaze everyone with a unique exhibition of exclusive jewelry and exquisite craftsmanship. The event will take place from 20 – 25 February 2023 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. This year’s edition will feature luxury watches, necklaces, rings, earrings, diamonds, gold and silverware, the exhibition will host 500 brands, 30,000 visitors from over 175 countries.
Qatar ExxonMobil Open (Tennis)
The Qatar ExxonMobile Open is an annual men’s tennis tournament and is part of the ATP 250 tour, taking place this year from 20 – 25 February 2023 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. The first edition was held in 1993, and has since become an event regularly attended by some of the sport’s top-ranking players.
The Qatar Tennis Federation has successfully put Qatar on the international sporting agenda as a venue for one of the most anticipated professional tennis events of the year. The tournament consistently attracts renowned tennis players from around the world.
Al Shaqab Events
Al Shaqab is starting Qatar’s 2023 calendar with breathtaking equestrian events, which started with the ‘Hayaakum at Shaqab’ event and will continue with the Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines 2023. This will take place on the 23 – 25 of February 2023 at the Longines Outdoor Arena & Longines Indoor Arena at Al Shaqab brought to you by Commercial Bank (Title Sponsor), Longines (Presenting Partner) and ExxonMobil (Main Sponsor).
Qatar International Food Festival
The Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is a Qatar Tourism initiative that celebrates the country’s diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings. The 12th edition is slated to be launched from the 1st – 11th March 2023.
Previous editions of the food festival included special culinary experiences at scenic outdoor locations, a host of globally renowned chefs, live cooking shows, cooking competitions, masterclasses and other activities for both families and friends.
Qatar Tourism’s ‘Shop Qatar’
Shop Qatar celebrates the country’s wide range of retail, beauty and entertainment options and unfolds around popular Doha shopping malls. It’s an annual event that aims to enhance Qatar’s fashion and lifestyle scene and showcase its hospitality. At the same time, Shop Qatar introduces various compelling workshops and masterclasses and presents exciting surprises. This year’s edition is set to take place from 1 – 18 March 2023.
Ramadan Bazaar
Celebrate the most important time of the year with Qatar Tourism’s Ramadan Bazaar where you can spend your evenings, after breaking your fast, with family friendly activities around Qatar for the first time. Tourists visiting Qatar during Ramadan can expect to learn the wonderful traditions and festivities that this time of the year brings to the country and people.
About Qatar Tourism
Qatar Tourism’s mission is to establish Qatar as a place where cultural authenticity meets modernity, and where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in culture, sports, business and family entertainment, rooted in Service Excellence. Qatar Tourism will regulate and develop the tourism industry, encouraging investment from the private sector. It will set the national strategy for the tourism sector, reviewing it periodically and overseeing its implementation, with the aim of diversifying tourism offerings in the country and increasing visitor spend. Through our network of international offices in priority markets, and cutting-edge digital platforms, Qatar Tourism is expanding Qatar’s presence globally and enhancing the tourism sector.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2022 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence having won the main prize for an unprecedented seventh time (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022), while also being named ‘World’s Best Business Class’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’.
Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, currently named the ‘Best Airport in the World” by Skytrax World Airport Awards 2022.

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