(MENAFN – The Peninsula) By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

Doha: After nearly a month hiatus, Summer Entertainment City (SEC), one of the main offerings of Summer in Qatar, reopened its doors yesterday to bring joy to visitors and residents this Eid Al Adha holidays and beyond.

Spread on the 29,000sqm Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), SEC attracted almost 60,000 people to a wide selection of games and rides for all ages, live entertainment, food and beverage, and retail outlets gathered under one roof.  With a number of new features, the city, which will be open for another two weeks, is expected to draw more visitors during Eid Al Adha.

Yesterday, a large number of visitors, most families, had started to flock to DECC to enjoy more than 85  games and activities, sample cuisines from 45 food stalls and carts, and purchase goods from more than 50 retail shops which sell anything from perfumes to ready-to-wear clothes to decors. Mascots with whom little children enjoyed taking photos were also seen roaming around the city.

As expected, the 6,000sqm Virtual Reality (VR) and Gaming section was a magnet to many gamers who came to the city to  experience some of the world’s most advanced VR simulators and gaming stations which also featured classic retro games such as Pac-Man, Atari and Sega.

‘Doha has some of the best places where gamers can engage in, but Summer Entertainment City is unique for it has a wide array of games that I like and the ambience is just fun because of the many other games that you can try, not to mention the delicious food available around it, said Rommel, one of the visitors seen playing at the VR zone.

The giant slide, world golf course, trampoline park, maze, ocean ball soft play area, spider climbing tower, blocks park, inflate park, bumper cars, carousel, luxury flying chairs, skills games with prizes were among the games and rides which were crowd-pullers at the city. In addition, a big stage located adjacent to the food court presents live entertainment shows to visitors.

Entry ticket costs QR15 and games are priced between QR10 to QR3. Visitors can opt to purchase Gold Pass for QR165, Gaming Pass for QR165, Season Pass for QR999 or Season Gaming Pass for QR1,250.

Gold Pass entitles the holder to 40 ride tickets plus 5 VR/Gaming tickets while Gaming Pass includes 40 VR and Gaming tickets used in gaming section only. Season Pass provides unlimited entries to venue for the duration of the event and each visit entitles visitor to a Gold Pass. Gaming Season Pass, on the other hand, unlimited entries to the venue for the duration of the event and each visit entitles visitor to a Gaming Pass.

Running until August 23, SEC is open to the public every day from 1pm to 11pm.