Qatar’s Spectacular Start to 2024: A Weekend Extravaganza of Shopping, Festivals, and Fun


The first weekend of 2024 is just around the corner, and Qatar is ready to make it unforgettable with a myriad of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. From the largest shopping festival in the country to thrilling falcon shows and enchanting cinema nights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy until January 27.

1. Shop Qatar: Your Shopping Playground

When: Until January 27, 10 am – 11 pm Where: 13

Get ready to embark on a shopping adventure at Shop Qatar, the country’s largest shopping festival. Themed ‘Your Shopping Playground’ for this year, the festival promises exciting raffle draws, tempting cash prizes, incredible sales, and entertainment for all ages. Dive into the world of innovative gaming and meet beloved characters from Cocomelon, Bluey, Miraculous, and Barbie. With 13 participating locations, the shopping possibilities are endless!

Malls and shopping districts across Qatar, including Lagoona Mall, Doha Festival City, Hyatt Plaza, Mall of Qatar, and more.

2. Winter Festival at Old Doha Port

When: Until January 7, 2024, 4 pm – 10 pm (Wednesdays to Saturdays) Where: Old Doha Port

Bid farewell to the Winter Festival at Old Doha Port in style! Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere filled with face painting, juggling, stilt walkers, magicians, and mascots. Explore the artistic ambiance with new murals created by local and international artists as part of the World Wide Walls mural festival. Best of all, this festival is free, providing the perfect backdrop for capturing beautiful memories.

3. 15th Qatar International Falcons and Hunting Festival – Marmi 2024

When: Until January 27, 2024, 5 am – 12 pm Where: Sabkat Marmi in Sealine

Discover the traditional and valuable world of falcons at the Marmi Festival. Falcons hold a special place in the Gulf region, and this festival offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent birds. From the Al Tala’a championship to junior falconers’ events and Saluki racing championship qualifiers, the festival promises an immersive experience with some of the best falcons in the region.

4. Baraha Cinema

When: January 6, 2024, entry from 4 pm, screenings from 7 pm daily Where: Barahat Msheireb

Wrap up the weekend with Baraha Cinema’s final days, offering family-friendly screenings and activities. Dive into the magic of cinema in a welcoming outdoor setting, complemented by themed activities and light snacks—all for free. Bring your loved ones and create lasting memories under the stars.

As the weekend unfolds, Qatar welcomes you to join the festivities, explore the vibrant culture, and make the first weekend of 2024 truly memorable. Whether you’re a shopping enthusiast, art lover, falcon admirer, or cinema buff, there’s an adventure waiting for you in the heart of Qatar’s entertainment scene. Don’t miss out on the excitement—let the celebrations begin!