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.