Exciting things to do in Qatar during the weekend (Nov.24–26)

Looking for exciting options this weekend? Doha News has got you covered. Check out our pick of the best things to do in the capital this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Plan your downtime right here.

Date and Venue: November 14–25 at the Fire Station, 9 am onwards

Entry Free

If you care about sustainable development and want to explore alternative, innovative resources, you should plan a trip to the Solar Art Festival. The event offers a wide range of collection of exceptional solar art created by globally-renowned solar artists and Qatar-based students.

Some of the major attractions are Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun, lamps for use in off-grid communities; Craig Colorusso’s Sun Boxes, a composite of audio speakers and solar panels; Anthony Castronovo and Eleonora Nicoletti’s Solar Shimmer, a kinetic screen that displays vibrance, using discarded plastic and solar energy; Shams Mashrabiya, artworks created by students in a form of living installation.

“The Extraordinary Italian Taste” Festival

Date and Venue: November 20–26 at LuLu Hypermarket, 9 am onwards

Free Entry

If you are fond of Italian cuisine, visit LuLu and indulge in some delectable flavours. The Hypermarket is wooing foodies with rich taste of genuine cuisines. It’s also an opportunity to learn a few Italian recipes. Apart from offering mouth-watering delights, the festival will have in-store promotions and live demonstrations by Italian chefs to encourage awareness around food products.

The customers can buy freshly-made pizzas, pastas, lasagna, tiramisu and many other Italian delicacies. The lucky ones stand to win exciting air tickets and holidays.

Mangrove Kayaking and Flamingo Watch

Date and Venue: November 24 (8am) Nov. 25 (9am) at Al Thakira

Don’t miss mangrove kayaking, flamingo watching and swimming at this event. Tides and wind conditions are near-perfect. Come with friends and family to share the experience.

You can book your visit at discoverarabia.rezdy.comorwhatsapp +974 5001 3246 / 3023 3207 for more details.

Motorbike Track Day

Date and Venue: November 25 at the Losail international Circuit, 1 pm onwards.

Entry: paid (as per session and vehicle)

Doha has a vibrant motorbike racing scene. The sport can be one of the most moving experiences of your life, both as a spectator and racer. Get swept away in the excitement by being a part of the “Motorbike Track Day” event. You will feel true freedom and experience a sense of community. It will also show you how good you are at dealing with nerves and how you respond to the pressure of competition.

For more details you can visit-https://www.circuitlosail.com/track-days

Qatar’s Strongest Man

Date and Venue: November 24–25 at the Aspire Park, 5 pm onwards.

Entry free (registration fee: 100QR)

The Aspire Park is once again hosting the “Qatar’s Strongest Man” competition. If you are a weightlifting fanatic or enthusiast, you should not miss this opportunity to witness the magic of muscle, speed and endurance. Watch them test their mental and physical fortitude and get inspired. The two-day event will have the Open competitions for the community on Friday, 24th November and the Qatari-only competitions on Saturday, 25th November.

For more details visit- http://crm.aspirezone.qa/Registrations/RegistrationPage.aspx?event=GqtIDv68AUPHX…

We may also look at the weekends with a different perspective. It is equally, if not more, rewarding and gratifying.

Help someone in need. There are always going to be those around you who may not be as privileged as you are. There is a good feeling attached to giving. Some psychologists call it ‘helper’s high’.

Take time out to make a visit to the local fire or police station and let them know how incredible they are. A simple gesture can really mean a lot to the men and women who serve us on a daily basis.

Write to someone you haven’t met in a long time. Most of us no longer use paper and pen, but there’s something magical about it. Write to them and show them you haven’t forgotten

Taking a free online class can be both interesting and enlightening. You can learn new things. There are plenty of free online classes you could take to improve your skills in a certain area. You can do a household maintenance walk-through. See what needs repairing.

Start a blog on a topic that interests you. Pen you feelings. Writing can really calm you down and relieve you of pent-up emotions. Try a basic meditation technique. It’s a great stress-buster and proven solver of many problems in life.

Enjoy!

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Behavioural Economics is the base of effective policy process including designing and implementation of policies. It serves as a core to effective planning for optimum utilisation at minimal risk. College of Law & Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) finally are to design deliver an innovative new programme focused on law and behavioural economics in association with The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup organising body.

The program is developed by SC’s Qatar Behavioural Insights Unit (QBIU) and will be offered to final-year students in HBKU’s Juris Doctor Course, initially. The program aims at introducing students to behavioural science at the same time demonstrate how nudge theories can be practically applied. Further connecting them for successful hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and applying it for fulfilling Qatar National Vision 2030.

Apart from theoretical exposure the enrolled students will also get exposure to ground realities by field visit studies, which will be supported by QBIU members, who are coaching students to design, implement and analyse their projects. The total number of students enrolled in the course are 14. Currently they are being mentored and taught by Dr Fadi Makki, QBIU founder, and Professor Georgis Dimitropoulos from HBKU’s College of Law & Public Policy.

As per SC Secretary-General Hassan al Thawadi “This is a legacy initiative that will benefit HBKU students today and long after the last ball has been kicked in 2022,” said Thawadi.”By training them and giving them exposure to leading figures in the theory of behavioural sciences, real-life policy challenges and access to insights and tools, we are offering students something that no other university in the region can. The SC will also benefit from the programme as the bright young students who take the class will apply their tests and theories to the challenges we face on a daily basis and the challenges we expect to face when the tournament begins in less than five years’ time,”

Professor Clinton Francis, founding dean of HBKU’s College of Law and Public Policy, too expressed that  “Law and behavioural public policy development in Qatar is readily harnessing the power of behavioural economics to address some of the most important challenges confronting the country and the region. Working at the juncture of law and public policy, the course focuses on the development of cutting-edge theory, and will enable students to explore new and exciting behavioural theories to see how they can be directly applied to Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

QBIU has a record of successfully implementing a range of experiments related to subjects such as workers’ welfare, legacy programme participation and healthy eating. Hopefully this programme will also be able to bring about the desired understanding for effective public policy process which may have a long lasting impact on the current changes required in the policies and the future ones in the pipeline.

 

As per the 28th Human Rights Watch Report that reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries, this is the right time for Middle East and North African countries to act on the popular demands that have become voice of the youth in the region.

As people today are more aware and exposed to various government systems and mechanisms they expect relative changes for betterment of quality of life, on the humanitarian grounds. They understand their rights well and now are not patient to compromise their rights further. Hence it is important to make necessary changes in the existing regime structures by ensuring that citizens get their due respect, liberty and dignity essential to do it’s over all development overcoming the traditional biases.

The major five reforms that are immediate implementation in the existing MENA regimes include Rights of Women, who are generally have to suffer the most of injustice given the laws that curtail their freedom to make decisions of their life, ranging from dress code to choosing a life partner to moving friendly. They need to experience the equality that women around the world experience. Moreover they must not be treated as a dependent but a strength that have the ability to contribute to country.

MENA women made some advances on nationality issues in 2017. Tunisia repealed a decree that prevented Muslim women – but not men – from registering marriages with non-Muslims; it also passed a landmark law on violence against women, instituting measures to prevent violence, protect survivors, and punish their abusers. In response to Qatari women’s demands to pass nationality onto their children like Qatari men, Qatar pledged to grant residency to children of Qatari women, providing most but not all rights that non-citizen children have.

Notably, Qatar for the first time allowed women in its ‘Shura’ Council which was another change towards providing equal status to women and Saudi has also taken few steps in this direction but there is still a dire need to dismantle the entire system. Governments of the MENA region must take ownership to abolish systemic discrimination in opportunities, divorce, child custody, and inheritance against women giving them equal status and dignity they deserve.

MENA governments nevertheless devoted extensive resources to prosecuting people for their adult, consensual bedroom activities. Young people in the Middle East are well aware that their governments enforce morality but that will no more prove to be successful in covering inefficiency of governments. They need to understand that they cannot impose moral principles and must allow the due liberty to the residents.

MENA government officials jailed people for alleged insults to them or to loosely defined notions of the country’s “reputation,” “national interest,” “culture,” or “religion.” Saudi Arabia went so far as to define “insulting the king,” crown prince, or head of state as a terrorist offense for which the punishment is five to 10 years imprisonment. Bahrain jailed human rights activists like Nabeel Rajab for an “insulting” tweet. Kuwait sentenced a writer to seven years in prison for insulting the state of Qatar. Blocking Doha News in Qatar was another breach of freedom of expression. MENA governments should abolish any law that even uses the word “insult” in its definition of a crime. Limiting freedom of speech is like hampering chances of a country to develop further. The governments need to understand that criticism are required to be accepted and reforms needs to be undertaken for progress.

MENA governments have treated their countries – and sometimes the countries of others – as massive jails, arbitrarily denying people the right to leave or the right to enter. Saudi Arabia has imposed arbitrary travel bans on many Saudis, and detained visiting foreign government officials like Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Yemen President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, while Israel has refused to allow Gazans to exit even for urgent medical treatment or education abroad. Bahrain stripped hundreds of its nationals of their citizenship to punish families of activists. Israel refused entry to people – including Jews – whose political views it doesn’t like, and blocked human rights workers and journalists from accessing Gaza. Governments needs to stop treating their citizens like property to be held on to or disposed at their will and need to act like custodians not bosses.

It is important that these changes are not ignored further as they are already under the vigilance of international organisation demeaning their role in the country and international community. Making these reforms is bound to push progress of the countries and respect in the world.

 

The countdown has begun. Chainsmokers are all set to perform at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre on Thursday, January 25 and the crowd filled with excitement.

The Grammy awarded band performance is expected to see a flood of more than 5000 fans. As per the statement released by The Social Studio (TSS) to ‘The Peninsula’ they “…are expecting up to 5,000 attendees. Tickets are selling out fast and with seven more days to go before the concert, our event will be sold out soon,”

The Chainsmokers’ concert is coming fuelled with unique and engaging experiences such as glow-in-the-dark face paint, a personalised engraving station, an Instagram-friendly Photo booth and food along with special offers in neighbouring hotels. Tickets can be booked at Virgin Megastore branches in Qatar and priced QR275 (General Admission), QR550 (Premium) and QR990 (VIP).

The Chainsmokers Middle East concert is one of the major attractions of the ongoing Shop Qatar’ International Week. The Electronic Dance Music Duo gained immense popularity and stardom with their 2014 track ‘#Selfie’ that topper twenty single in several countries. In 2015, the duo made another record by their featured track ‘Roses’ which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 driving towards their major achievement till now, Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down”. The other popular tracks that fetched them fame included ‘closer’, ‘collage’ and ‘Memories…Do Not Open’.

Their amazing tracks have lured the crowd making them one of the most viewed YouTube videos generating billions of views. With just their track ‘Closer’ fetching nearly two billion views since it was posted nearly six months ago.

The duo is equally excited to meet their fans waiting for them in Qatar at this show. As their expression to ‘The Peninsula’ they said “We are so pumped to come! This is actually a show we have been dying for. When we got the email about it, it was a no brainer,”

The event is organised to boost second in a series of performances organised by TSS and supported by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) as part of its commitment towards supporting exchange of cultures and promoting tourism in the country.

Fans in Qatar cannot miss this wonderful opportunity, be there to experience an unforgettable musical performance by booking your tickets to the show.