Qatar hosts Middle East’s largest balloon festival

Qatar hosts Middle East’s largest balloon festival

The record-breaking event organised by Qatar Tourism was held over the Eid break

Already home to the world’s tallest indoor roller coaster, Qatar celebrated Eid Al-Fitr with another record-breaking attraction, the largest balloon festival in the Middle East.

The festival featured a wide array of balloons ranging from well-known animated characters such as Minions and Angry Birds and classic video game characters including Mario and Luigi to figures synonymous with Qatari culture including a falcon, a whale shark and even a Qatar Airways aircraft.

The event was the culmination of a three-day festival which attracted tens of thousands of people to the Corniche. 

Qatar Balloon festival

Qatar Tourism chief operating officer Berthold Trenkel said: “As we prepare to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in 200 days, our focus is on tourism and providing unique experiences to residents, locals and international travellers. Qatar captures the essence of the Middle East in one accessible destination, and we welcome travellers to our shores to enjoy all Qatar has to offer.”


With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 fast approaching, Qatar is gearing up to welcome more than one million visitors.

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