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An insight into marine life

Thursday17/3/2011March, 2011
The Qatar Marine Festival is open to the public today, and this year, the second edition of the event promises to offer visitors an interesting insight into local history as well as providing the opportunity to learn about various marine species and much more.
The nine-day festival will include a number of events and competitions aimed at educating community members and visitors about Qatar’s maritime traditions.
This year’s features include the ‘Baharna’ (‘Our Sea’) exhibition of aquariums and pools showcasing various marine species and a petting pool area, as well as the ‘Al Freej’ traditional village which will include traditional folkloric performances, arts and crafts and other attractions.
The festival is also hosting the Qatar Marine Library, which incorporates a large collection of marine-inspired books, and has been organised in conjunction with Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, the Childhood Cultural Centre, Qatar University Environmental Studies Centre and the Waqif Art Centre.
The library will also feature storytelling sessions, book signings, comic book workshops and creative writing and poetry competitions.
The Visual Art symposium at the festival will present works by artists from the GCC region, a painting competition as well as activities for children and live caricature drawing.
Another highlight of the festival will be the ‘Sands Kingdom’ which will include 10 internationally renowned sand sculptors creating works of art as the event unfolds.
Guests will also be given the opportunity to judge the works of the artists as well as taking part in family sculpture competitions and workshops.
‘Bahoor World’ – named after the festival’s mascot – is a games zone for children aged between 4 and 12, and will include various activities such as puppet shows, balloon shaping, face painting and others.
The zone will also offer a scientific marine workshop for youngsters, as well as a marine magic show.
The ‘Alseef Cinema’ (‘Beach Cinema’) will play a selection of marine-themed documentaries, movies and animated films, with a list of titles available at information booths throughout the festival.
An 80m wide ‘Dancing Fountain’ will entertain guests with music, water and light shows, while a parade of 16 marine-themed floats will process around the festival site twice daily, from 6pm and 9pm.
Sports will also play an important part in this year’s festival, and guests will have the opportunity to watch experts play ‘bossaball’ which is a combination of football, volleyball, gymnastics and acrobatics played on an inflatable court.
The Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation will also showcase sailing, rowing, canoe-kayaking and bio-karts.
New for this year, eight teams will participate in a beach football competition organised in conjunction with Aspire Sports Academy, and guests will also be able to play on the ‘Bahoor Mini Golf’ course.
Other new features include a ‘Sea Giants’ exhibition including sharks, crabs, hammour and other creatures, and a special seal show promises to be a main highlight of the event, with four seals from Siberia set to perform stunts and a water ballet show.
The festival grounds are open daily from 4pm until 11pm, and on Thursdays and Fridays between 4pm and midnight.

Source: Gulf Times
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