A stall selling Yemeni honey, oud, amber, oil and natural herbs at Katara Winter Festival and Bazaar, which opened yesterday at Katara’s Southern area. Pic: Raynald C Rivera/The Peninsula

Visitors began thronging around 200 stalls selling a wide variety of goods at the Katara Winter Festival and Bazaar which opened yesterday at the Southern area of Katara Cultural Village.

Running until March 14, the festival was officially opened by Saif Saeed Al Dosari, Human Resources Manager at Katara, with a number of ambassadors and dignitaries in attendance. It features a massive indoor bazaar where a large assortment of products coming from different countries can be purchased at reasonable prices.

While many of the stalls offer a broad range of fragrances including perfumes and home scents as well as bukhoor incense and oud, jewellery, abayas and jalabiyas,  other booths sell children’s ready-to-wear clothes, ladies bags, footwear, and mobile phone accessories.

Food items such as date products, pickled food, honey, spices, natural herbs, pastries, sweets, dried fruits and nuts are also available in some of the stalls. In addition, shoppers can also purchase kitchen appliances, cutlery, home display items, bed covers, pillowcases and blankets at the bazaar.

There is also a section where a wide array of carpets, prayer rugs and a variety of handicraft are on offer for keen buyers. The 18-day festival is catered for the entire family as outside the bazaar is a vast playground where children can enjoy kiddie rides, trampoline and bouncy castles in the cold weather.

Dozens of food stalls selling delicious snacks, traditional local cuisine, juices, coffee and tea are spread across the festival venue where there is also a large seating area where people can relax while sampling some of the food options being sold.

The festival and bazaar’s venue is located just adjacent to the Mahaseel Souq making it a one-stop-shop especially during weekends. It is also very much accessible via Doha Metro’s Red Line since it is just a few minutes’ walks from the Al Qassar Metro Station.

Source: https://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/27/02/2020/Katara-Winter-Festival-Bazaar-opens

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