SWELTERING DAYTIME TEMPERATURES AND HUMID NIGHTS MAKE IT VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ENJOY THE LOVELY OUTDOORS THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, LEAVING MANY IN A QUANDARY AS TO WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MAINTAIN AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE.
But for many extreme sports athletes and enthusiasts in Qatar, the presence of the XRebels Park, managed by Xtork Magazine inside the Summer Entertainment City at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), was a welcome development. For more than two months since the Summer Entertainment City opened its doors to the public on June 25, Xtork’s XRebels Park was a haven for BMX riders, skateboard and longboard buffs, rollerbladers,
and even parkour athletes. And for most of them, the park was the best venue to unleash the beast (so to speak) and express their athleticism, to show off or practice new tricks, or to just simply cap the night by hanging out with the rest of the gang after a hard day’s work. But aside from this, the park also served a higher purpose – it also catered to thousands of young children who were eager to learn and enjoy one of the many facets of extreme sports. On a daily basis, the park’s professional staff members taught young novices or assisted other kids with their favorite hobby, whether that’s riding the skateboard or longboard, or BMX bikes. This also reflected Xtork’s goal to encourage young children to lead a more active lifestyle by engaging in all sorts of physical activities – that’s learning, getting fit, and having fun all at the same time!
The Summer Entertainment City, organized by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and QSports, was considered the centerpiece of the Qatar Summer Festival 2017. With the theme ‘Color your Summer’, the festival delighted visitors from Qatar and many tourists with its travel, hospitality, and family-friendly attractions. Aside from the park, the Summer Entertainment City offered visitors with an array of sports and interactive activities for all ages. According to organizers, the Summer Entertainment City showcased 87 games across 11 categories. It also featured new attractions like the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, zip line, basketball competition (3-on-3), and paintball arena.
The estimated footfall at the Summer Entertainment City during the weekends was between 8,000 and 10,000, and 3,000 to 4,000 during weekdays.
Similarly, the park witnessed exponential growth in visitors during the entire duration of the Qatar Summer Festival 2017, which culminated on September 5.
The flow of riders registered an impressive 842 and 627 in the first and second week, respectively. Footfall in the succeeding weeks ranged between 402 and 534 for an estimated 5,000 visitors for the entire duration of the event.