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Event: Halal Hal Qatar festival begins on Saturday 22 March 2014

17/3/14  thepeninsulaqatar.com

The festival venue in the southern area of Katara.

DOHA: The venue for the third edition of the Halal Hal Qatar festival is almost ready for the opening on Saturday, said Mohammad Al Khulaifi, head of the organising committee.

To be held from March 22 to 31 in the southern area of Katara, the festival aims at reviving the animal trade as an integral part of Qatari culture and heritage.

It will bring to life rare insights into the sheep and goat industry, allowing visitors to interact with shepherds and journey into this essential aspect of Qatari tradition.

The panel has made changes in the design of the venue, taking into consideration the size of the area, and given enough space for the traditional market, traditional house, traditional neighbourhood and Qatari house, said Al Khulaifi There is also an area for children’s games for families to witness traditional folklore which reflects Qatari tradition, he added.

Ahmad bin Nasser Al Kuwari, Chairman of Events, said the  festival comprises three main activities — Al Mazayin, a beauty competition for goats and sheep, Al Mazad (public sale) selling livestock through auction, and Al Izab, barns each containing a different kind of livestock.

In Al Mazayin competition, the top five winners will receive QR100,000, QR50,000, QR30,000, QR20,000 and QR10,000.

There will be male and female Syrian sheep, Arab sheep and goats. Every participant is allowed to enter three animals in the contest. Khamis Nasser Al Buhafra, head of judging committee, said there are three committees for each category of animals. Each comprises five members who are GCC citizens, including one Qatari. The number of participants in the festival has increased compared to last year, he said.

Umran Al Kuwari, head of Al Izab committee, said there will be 30 enclosures with 15 to 20 animals each on display. He said there were 85 applicants but only 30 were chosen, with priority given to rare breeds of sheep and goats.The Peninsula

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