Sunday, January 22, 2017

Souq Waqif Spring Festival 2017

I went for a walk down to Souq Waqif this evening and was surprised at all of the festivities happening at the Souq, I forgot it was the Spring Festival.

Over the new underground parking lot (near the restaurants) was a massive seating area looking at a stage. I’m not entirely sure what was playing, there was probably a hundred or so people in line waiting to get in so I did not go in to see. There were signs showing the Arabic singers that they would have each evening so I assume that they would be playing there.

The festival is getting more and more popular every year. I'm sure the new parking lots helped a lot as it's now much easier to find parking. The place was pretty crowded.

They had lots of vendor stands selling treats, stilt-walkers and other entertainers, and a big amusement park in the parking lot near Fanar.

I believe the festival continues until early February. Even on a Sunday evening there were a ton of families there having a nice time. Given the crowds you might want to consider going on a weekday -- the weekends will probably be heaving with people.


Fernando Juarez said...

Could you please tell me the name of the singer(s) who performed on the night of January 30th, 2017 at Souq Waqif on that stage concert?? I enjoyed the concert very much with my wife but we had no chance to get the name of the artist. Thanks for your kind attention. Sincerely,
Fernando Juarez

Glen McKay said...

Hi Fernando. I couldn't find it in English so I asked a friend of mine to search in Arabic. There were two singers that evening: Walid Tawfik and Faris Karam.