Doha Festival City ‘Leisure’s Entertainment Hub’ Reopens as part of the Gradual Lifting of Restrictions on Recreational Activities

Doha Festival City Theme Parks – owned by Qatari operator Leisure ; Angry Birds World, Virtuocity and Snow Dunes are NOW OPEN, as well as Play and Edutainment Centres, Caboodle and the newly launched “Spark Sense and Play.

All outlets follow government guidelines to ensure applying the stringiest health and safety measures

Doha Festival City, Qatar’s one and only choice for shopping, dining and entertainment, is pleased to announce the reopening of its theme parks as of January 11th, following the government’s announcement on the phased approach to the reopening of amusement parks and other recreational activities in Qatar.

After months of closure, theme parks Angry Birds World, Virtuocity and Snow Dunes will welcome back visitors for an exceptional experience, adhering to 50% capacity as per the government guidelines. Doha Festival City theme parks are owned and managed by 100% Qatari operator Leisure, driven by operational excellence and committed to deliver excellent entertainment services.

The reopening of theme parks will take place in three phases: starting from January 4th , outdoor paygrounds and kid’s outdoor games will reopen. The next stage will start on January 11th and will include electronic games and trampolines. Starting from January 24th, theme parks will be fully operating, including bouncers and inflatable games.

Leisure’s theme parks will open from 1pm to 10 pm from Sunday to Wednesday, from 2pm to 12am on Thursday and Friday, and from 11am to 9pm on Saturdays.

All theme parks will adhere to the most stringent safety measures to ensure visitors can entertain with peace of mind and in the safest of environments. All staff across the theme parks ave received thorough training and will adhere to the following protocols:

  • Mandatory Ehteraz app checks at the entrance to theme parks for all visitors except children, with only green code holders allowed to enter;
  • Temperature checks will also be carried out at the entrance to the parks, and any individual with temperature exceeding 38 degrees Celsius will be denied entry to the site;
  • Wearing medical masks will be required as well, and visitors will have to maintain a safe distance of two meters minimum.
  • Theme parks employess will oversee the respect of social distancing, supported by signs installed across the parks reminding visitors about social distansing and PPR wearing requirements.
  • All rides, attractions and infrastructure of theme parks will be continuously sanitized and hand sanitizing stations will be installed throughout the parks‘ areas.

Doha Festival City’s play and edutainment centers, Caboodle and Spark Sense & Play, will also reopen  with several restrictions in place, following the official safety guidelines. Play centers will be open during Doha Festival City’s trading hours.

Caboodle play center will reopen for workshops and organized activities only, while its play area will remain closed. To maximize childrens safety, Caboodle will also allow only 15 children and adults per hour to be present in its premises. After each hour, all will be required to leave the area that will then be sanitized by the center. 2 children will be allowed to use one activity table for one hour only. The staff, as well as children above the age of ten will be required to wear masks at all times.

Spark Sense & Play is also opening its doors partially on 11th January 2021 with extra safety measures in place. In addition to following all the government guidelines for recreational activities, the center will request children and companions to take their shoes off and stay in socks before entering the area. A 10-minutes gap will be left between each session for cleaning and sterilization, and the center’s division into four separate spaces will allow to further enforce social distancing protocol. Only 35 people will be allowed in the center at the same time, and only one chaperone per family will be allowed for children under five years old. Child-sized sinks installed in the play center and small hand sanitizers provided will help children to easily wash and disinfect their hands, while enough supplies will be provided for kids not to share them. Spark’s employess will ensure safe distance between children is maintained  and the equipment will be sterilized after each session.

Doha Festival City opening hours are Saturday to Wednesday from 10am to 10 pm, and Thursday to Friday from 10am to 11pm. Children of all ages are now allowed to enter the mall.  Doha Festival City also continues to apply stringent health and safety measures throughout its premises in line with the government’s preventative measures. A thorough mall disinfection treatment  is carried out on a weekly basis, in addition to robust cleaning and sanitization operations during mall trading hours. 127 hand sanitizing stations are installed in the areas that have commonly touched surfaces.

At the entrance to the mall and all shops, visitors must show their green Ehteraz QR code, and should wear a face mask during their whole time in the mall. Physical distancing stickers in common queuing areas, such as ATM machines, banks, telecommunication kiosks and branches and various retail shops were installed to help shoppers keep the required physical distance as set forth in the guidelines by the authorities. Stores will provide sanitizers on entry and at cash points to ensure the highest level of hygiene.

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About Doha Festival City

Doha Festival City is Qatar’s one and only choice for fashion, dining, and entertainment. Bringing several firsts to Doha, this incomparable mall – is one of the largest such developments in the Middle East, offering almost a quarter of a million sqm of leasable space, providing something for everyone, and creating exceptional and memorable experiences with each and every visit.

Doha Festival City is home to famous brand names in retail, many of which have made their Qatar debut, including Harvey Nichols, Charlotte Tilbury, Kiehl’s, Dior Beauty Boutique, and ACE. It also houses the country’s only IKEA, which has been open since 2013.  There are over 100 places to dine and relax including restaurants, cafés, and casual dining outlets, from brands that are unique to Qatar including Jamie’s Italian, and Aimee’s Cafe.

Doha Festival City is also home to the Edge Fitness, a state of the art fitness center, boasting a large area of training space with the latest top of the line equipment from Technogym, separate male and female parts, as well as circuit training areas.

Doha Festival City has the country’s biggest world-class entertainment offering including a unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions–from Qatar’s first VOX 4D cinema complex with 18 digital screens Theatre by Rhodes, to green spaces for outdoor exercise and Outdoor Leisure Trail cycling and four unique entertainment parks, including Angry Birds World, Snow Dunes and Virtuocity.

Leisure is a 100% Qatari owned operator that houses a ground-breaking entertainment facility. Leisure is driven by operational excellence, the company is committed to deliver a full range of excellent operational services that stem from a pool of dynamic industry experts whose creative and dynamic synergies have shaped the brand into a pioneer in the realm of operating entertainment destinations. The company is currently managing the different operational departments of the three entertainment parks – ANGRY BIRDS WORLD™, VIRTUOCiTY™ and SNOW DUNES™ – at Doha Festival City.

ANGRY BIRDS WORLD™ is a pioneering concept that was introduced to Qatar and operated by the leading entertainment company Leisure in partnership with Rovio Entertainment. The park is rolling out an incredible family entertainment destination, drawing all the madness from the global gaming sensation and Sony Entertainment™ blockbuster movie under one roof.

ANGRY BIRDS WORLD™ is developed over a sprawling 17,000 square meter area at the Doha Festival City, ANGRY BIRDS WORLD™ takes visitors into a maddening adventure with the furious flock through a range of over 20 high-thrill rides for all ages. The park also has a wide array of F&B outlets, retail shops, edutainment activities, birthday venues and a host of attractions that engage and entertain the whole family.

SNOW DUNES™ is Qatar’s first indoor snow park featuring a fantastical Arabian-style castle set in the distant past. Inspired by a local folklore tale where a cold wave in spring blankets the land in snow, the park utilizes the world’s most advanced snow-production technology to create snow that is identical to the one in nature at -4°C.  Defying logic and ensuring delight, the park encompasses a variety of rides and attractions suitable for the whole family such as super fun slides, slopes and carousel. The park also features various food & beverages outlets, retail stores and party rooms that will deliver an exclusive fun and exciting experience for the entire family. SNOW DUNES™ is developed and operated by Leisure– the groundbreaking location based Entertainment Company.

VIRTUOCITY™ is the region’s first dedicated digital gaming capital that merges the virtual world with the real world in a thrilling, competitive environment. Equipped with full motion racing simulators, escape rooms and a multipurpose eSports arena, the park offers an immersive digital experience for teens and adults. Virtuocity’s range of interactive attractions pit player against player and team against team, bringing cutting-edge technology and innovation to the forefront.

The park also features a wide range of food and beverage outlets, retail stores as well as dedicated VIP rooms, creating unique experiences for guests

As a ‘Smart Mall’, Doha Festival City offers innovative digital options including free Wi-Fi and digital wayfinding to enhance consumer experience, and is easily accessible, offering 8,000 smart parking spaces and VIP valet services.

Doha Festival City’s new parking can accommodate additional 165 cars, providing easy access to the Luxury Area and the Edge Fitness, and a direct exit to Al Shamal Road, helping to avoid congestion during peak hours.

Doha Festival City’s exclusive Fashion TV ‘FFTV’, broadcasted on the mall’s website and YouTube channel, brings Doha’s fashion personalities to showcase the mall’s host of retailers and unique fashion offering.

Festival Magazine, the Mall’s very own online lifestyle magazine, brings the readers to the front row of the mall’s latest happenings, uncovering the last fashion trends and offering previews of collections and exclusive offers available at the mall.

Doha Festival City applies stringent safety measures throughout the mall for its staff and visitors. This includes a thorough mall disinfection treatment on a weekly basis, robust cleaning, and sanitization operations during mall’s trading hours, 127 hand sanitizing stations installed at all commonly touched areas.

Doha Festival City won the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award by Tripadvisor, based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, placing the Mall in the top 10% of the hospitality sector in the world.

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