Doha Festival City (DHFC) has announced the reopening of its theme parks from tomorrow following the government’s announcement on the phased approach to the reopening of amusement parks and other recreational activities in Qatar.
After months of closure, Angry Birds World, Virtuocity and Snow Dunes theme parks will once again welcome visitors for an “exceptional experience,” meeting 50% capacity in accordance with government guidelines, the DHFC said in a statement.
Doha Festival City theme parks are owned and operated by 100% Qatari operator Leisure, driven by “operational excellence and committed to providing excellent entertainment services,” the statement said.
The reopening is taking place in three phases, starting with outdoor play areas and outdoor games for children from January 4. The next stop will start on January 11 and will include electronic games and trampolines. Then, from January 24, theme parks will be fully operational, including bouncers and inflatables.
The amusement parks will be open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, from 2 p.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
All theme parks will adhere to the strictest security measures to ensure that visitors can be entertained “with peace of mind and in the safest environments,” the statement said. All theme park staff have received extensive training and will adhere to the following protocols:
* Mandatory controls of the Ehteraz application at the entrance of the theme parks for all visitors except children, only holders of the green code being allowed to enter
* Temperature checks will also be carried out at the entrance to the parks, and anyone with a temperature above 38C will be refused entry to the site
* Wearing medical masks will also be compulsory, and visitors must maintain a safety distance of at least 2m
* Theme park employees will oversee compliance with social distancing, supported by signs installed in parks reminding visitors of the social distancing and wearing requirements of the PPR
* All theme park rides, attractions and infrastructure will be disinfected at all times and hand sanitizing stations will be installed in park areas
Doha Festival City’s play and edutainment centers, Caboodle and Spark Sense & Play, will also reopen with several restrictions in place, in accordance with official safety guidelines. The gaming centers will be open during Doha Festival City trading hours.
The Caboodle Play Center will reopen for workshops and organized activities only, while its playground will remain closed. To maximize the safety of children, Caboodle will also allow only 15 children and adults per hour to be present on its premises. After each hour, everyone must leave the area which will then be disinfected by the center. Two children will be allowed to use an activity table for one hour only. Staff, as well as children over 10, will be required to wear masks at all times.
Spark Sense & Play is also partially opening tomorrow with additional security measures in place. In addition to following all government guidelines for recreational activities, the center will ask children and caregivers to take off their shoes and wear socks before entering the area.
A 10-minute interval will be left between each session for cleaning and sterilization, and dividing the center into four separate spaces will further strengthen the social distancing protocol.
Only 35 people will be allowed in the center at the same time, and only one attendant per family will be allowed for children under
five years. Children’s sinks installed in the play center and small hand sanitizers provided will help children wash and sanitize their hands easily, while enough supplies will be provided so that children do not share them.
The Spark employee will ensure that a safe distance is maintained between children and the equipment will be sterilized after each session.
Doha Festival City’s opening hours are Saturday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday to Friday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Children of all ages are now allowed to enter the mall.
DHFC also continues to apply strict health and safety measures at all of its premises, in accordance with the government’s preventive measures, the statement added. A full disinfection treatment of the shopping center is carried out every week, in addition to heavy-duty cleaning and disinfection operations during shopping center hours.
Some 127 hand disinfection stations are installed in areas where surfaces are commonly touched.
At the entrance to the mall and all stores, visitors must present their Green Ehteraz QR code and wear a face mask during their entire stay in the mall. Physical distancing stickers in common queue areas, such as ATMs, banks, telecom kiosks and branches, and various retail stores have been installed to help shoppers maintain physical distance required, as specified in the authorities’ guidelines.
Stores will provide disinfectants at the entrance and at points of sale to ensure the highest level of hygiene.