For those looking to spend some time outdoors this weekend – or for those who wish to stay out of the sun – there are plenty of activities on offer in Qatar over the next few days. Here are some of them:
1) Bungee jumping: Thrill-seekers with some cash to spend can sign up to jump off a platform some 60m in the sky starting Thursday. Sports company Xploriders will hold a bungee jumping event from 4pm to 8pm at the Pearl Qatar tomorrow, and from 10am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets cost QR350/person, include a video the jump, and can be bought online at Virgin Megastores or in person at the Pearl. Non-jumpers are welcome to watch the event for free. Only those who are 18 years or older and under 115kg can jump. For more information, see here.
2) Cinematic showcase: The Doha Film Institute will showcase “Wasteland” at the Museum of Islamic Art, as part of the Qatar-Brazil Years of Culture initiative, at 4pm on March 14 and 7pm on March 15. Filmed over three years, Wasteland follows the journey of Vik Muniz from Brooklyn to Brazil where he tries to create photographic images out of garbage, in collaboration with the catadores, who are self-designated pickers of recyclable materials.
Concurrently, DFI will also screen “Only When I Dance” at the MIA this weekend. The movie follows the journey of two teenagers from the ghettos of Brazil rising to the ranks of an international ballet competition, a chance that can change their life thereafter. Tickets for both the screenings are available online here or in person at the MIA.
3) Arab music appreciation: The Siwar choir will perform on Friday, March 14 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Qatar National Convention Center theater. The Al Jazeera Children’s Channel initiative will bring together 40 kids between the ages of 9 and 16 years old to perform Arabic poetry and songs.
The event will also feature a performance by world-renowned accordionist Richard Galliano to harmonize Western influence on Arabic music. Tickets cost between QR50 and QR300/per seat and can be bought online at Virgin Megastores. No children under seven years old are allowed to attend.
4) Water sport challenge: The Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF) is hosting the U.I.M. F1 H2o & F4 & Nations Cup-Grand Prix of Qatar from March 10 to March 15 at the Corniche near the Sheraton Hotel.
On Thursday, competitors will be practicing. Some qualifying matches will be conducted on Friday, and the main races will start on Saturday at 3:45pm. More information on the program can be found here.
5) Dramatic Projection: Japanese artistic group Enra will perform an interactive, synchronized dance combining martial artists and juggling at Katara Cultural Village this weekend. Shows will be held on March 13, 14 and 15 at 7pm at the Katara drama theater (Building 16).Tickets are QR50 to QR100/person and can be bought online at Virgin Megastores.
Bonus: Chi Al Shaqab, which kicked off earlier this week, runs through Saturday. More information can be found here.
What would you add? Thoughts?