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2016

QIFF highlights Chinese food offering in Qatar

Chinese food lovers have beenespecially enjoying Qatar International Food Festival, with a special zone celebrating the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture. Stands from the Shanghri-La, Doha Marriot Hotel, Orinetal Bowl and Spice Boat are offering special festival menus featuring peking duck burgers, shanghai pan fried dumplings, shrimp shumai, chicken dim sum, ginger egg drop soup, and many other oriental delicacies at special prices, drawing large numbers of visitors to the Qatar-China Court. “It has been a fantastic experience, so far, we are happy to be participating in this year’s QIFF and to help showcase Chinese cuisine. We feel very confident as a new hotel with the turn out that we have had and I believe the remaining days of the Festival will be wonderful,” said Philip Reyamo, Manager of Shanghai Club at the Shangri-la Hotel.

The dedicated court offers visitors a wealth of Chinese fusion cuisine to enjoy, served side-by-side with Qatari traditional dishes, marking the initiative which aims to create sustainable platforms for collaboration and cultural exchange between civilisations.

Abi Sayed, Manager of Cafe Brouk, which serves famous local foods such as balaleet, khanfaroosh, and date cheese cake, commented “I believe the incorporation of theQatar-China 2016 Year of Culture has really lifted the entire experience of the Festival, as it is the first time that Qatar and China have zoned together. We believe that people are very happy with this collaboration and we are proud to be presenting Qatar in this way.”

Visitors at QIFF also have a chance to win two air tickets to any destination in China by sharing their festival stories on social media.In partnership with Qatar Tourism Authority and Ooredoo, Qatar Airways (QA) launched a week-long social media competition encouraging visitors to submit their videos or photographs that express their experiences or memories from this year’s festival.The most compelling and distinctive entry capturing the true essence of the festival will win two return Business tickets to Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong or Shanghai.

Faisal bin Ahmed Al Mohannadi, Director of PR and Communications at Qatar Tourism Authority, said “Now in its 7th edition, QIFF brings together local residents and visitors to experience Qatar’s best culinary and hospitality offerings. Events such as QIFF fit into the wider celebration of the Years of Culture, and this year we are delighted with the representations of renowned Chinese chefs at the Live Cooking Theatre, as well as Chinese and Qatari restaurants serving their finest delicacies at the Qatar-China Court. We invite everyone to join us during the remaining days of the Festival, to celebrate the nation’s multiculturalism.”