Qatar doesn’t always feature on the average list of summer destinations, but the Qatar Summer Festival 2018 is set to change that. A cultural festival that spans over two months, the QSF takes place across the nation, including the capital city of Doha and Al Sadd. Taking place from June 14-August 31 the festival is open to visitors from all over the globe.

In its fifth edition, the festival is organising activities such as comedy shows, live music concerts, and other performances. The Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre is playing home to the Entertainment City—a fun venue for families with thrilling rides, arcade games, an 18-hole golf course, an ice-skating rink and a lot more for the entire family.

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Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias during an act
Stand-up comedian, Gabriel Iglesias during an act

Under the wing of the Doha Comedy Festival will be stand-up performances by local artists such as Gabriel Iglesias (better known as ‘fluffy’) and Hamad Al Ammari. Live concerts will be spread across the two months, featuring artists such as Fahad-Al-Kubaisi. a popular Qatari singer, Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, and Ibrahim Dashti, among others.

With the QSF coinciding with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, one doesn’t have to worry about missing out on an important game. This time around, the World Cup is a feast with twists and turns , and visitors can enjoya double bonanza as they watch the live screening of the matches at the Fan Zone, as part of the festival itself. If you’re wondering about the literal feasts to be savoured here, there will be over 40 stalls offering authentic, local delicacies.

The Angry Birds World entertainment park, which is the first of its kind in the world, has also launched just in time for the festival.

Tip: This year, another facility—The Season Pass—has been introduced as a handy tool for deals for shopping, eating and exploring your way through the country.

 Plan your visit by finding out more information here.