Food trucks from Qatar and around the region will feature in the 7th Qatar International Food Festival, adding a new urban feel to the long-awaited annual event, organizers have revealed. The 12 food trucks will feature at the QIFF satellite experience in The Pearl-Qatar, which joins Katara Cultural Village as one of the Festival’s new locations this year.

Included in the festivities will be a Snack Court which will feature popular eateries, cafes and restaurants. The Cuisine Court will include fine-dining creations by chefs from the country’s hotels, at prices ranging between 5-35 QAR, as well as High Tea by the Bay. And, in the Culture Court, Chinese and Qatari cuisine will come together in an area dedicated to celebrating the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture. A new area dubbed The Market Court will be introduced in which delicacies and special ingredients will be on sale.

“The Qatar International Food Festival is one of our signature events and part of QTA’s strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism offerings in partnership with the private sector. Following the great success of last year’s festival, we have re-doubled efforts to grow the scope and variety of QIFF in 2016,” said, Rashed Al Qurese, Chief Marketing and Promotion Officer at QTA. “With the support of our partners, QIFF will, for the first time, extend to multiple locations beyond the MIA Park, at Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl-Qatar. Their collaboration will ensure that the QIFF visitor experience is cultural as well as urban, and always unique.”

Al Qurese added, “I would like to thank our long-time partners Qatar Airways for co-hosting the Festival with QTA and providing a first-class touch to the various activities they have helped us to develop over the years.”

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “It is a pleasure for Qatar Airways to again co-host the Qatar International Food Festival. This festival is very dear to our hearts – every day, the people of Qatar Airways connect the people of the world on their travels, and with this festival, we get to welcome them to Doha to enjoy the world’s finest cuisine. Qatar Airways is excited to announce its line-up of international and national celebrity chefs set to perform live on the ever-popular Qatar Airways Cooking Theatre this year and to invite visitors to experience our five-star hospitality at our signature Dinner in the Sky experience.”

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Commercial – Qatar Mr. Ehab Amin, said, “The Festival has all of the right elements to be attractive to people throughout the GCC – it is a family event, it has exciting food and entertainment from around the world, and it has the world’s best airline flying directly to Doha.”

Mr. Amin added, “For travelers in the GCC, QIFF makes the perfect short-break, and Qatar Airways Holidays has created special festival travel packages designed to tempt visitors with a quick getaway.”