The weather may be sticky and lots of people are still out of town. But there’s plenty to keep you entertained indoors this coming weekend, from a saxophone music night to a swimming tournament and a comedy head-to-head. Here are our picks on what to do in Qatar over the next few days:
Popular stand up comedy tour the United Nations of Comedy will once more entertain local audiences with their Doha show on Aug. 30.
The event, organized by ADabisc, will feature seven comedians – Nemr Abou Nassar, Sammy Obeid, Khaled Khalafalla, Amir K, Mo Amer, Ali Al Sayed, and Aron Kader – and will be hosted by Aron Kader and ILoveQatar.net’s Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon.
Audiences will see the comedians battle the stage as US political parties Democrats and Republicans, under the theme “Elections 2014.”
The event will be held at 8pm at the Qatar National Convention Center, and doors open half an hour earlier. Tickets, priced between QR95 and QR1000, are available in Virgin Mega Stores shops in Land Mark and Villaggio Mall and online here.
Swimming World Cup
International swimming association FINA will hold part of its Mastbank World Cup in Qatar, this weekend, from Aug. 27 to 28.
The tournament was launched in 1979, and brings together world-class swimmers in a series of two-day meets organized between August and November each year.
The event is held across seven or eight locations, with circuits in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Swimmers will compete in a total of 36 events for prize money totaling $2 million.
This event will also feature men’s Olympic champion Chad Le Clos, three-time Olympic medalist Oussama Mellouli and four-time Olympian from South Africa Roland Schoeman, as well as reigning female World Cup champion Katinka Hosszu.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the Hamad Aquatic Center. Interested residents can collect their tickets from the center from 8am to 8pm. More information can be found here.
The Cultural Village Foundation, in cooperation with the Embassy of Belgium in Qatar, will host an evening of music featuring the Hommage à Sax by the The Belgian Saxophone Ensemble on Aug. 29 in the Katara Opera House.
The event will feature six musicians celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Antoine-Joseph “Adolphe” Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. The concert will be held from 8pm to 10 pm, and tickets, costing QR50, can be purchased at Virgin Megastores in Villaggio and Landmark, or online here.
Qatari high school students looking to get a head start on their future plans can check out the Summer Career Camp, which is goes until Sept 4.
The event, organized by Qatar Foundation and the Qatar Career Fair, aims to provide students with a glimpse into the working world, while honing their skills in motivational career-oriented workshops, and will be held at the Al Shaqab Equestrian Center from 8am to 3pm. The cost of the two week program is QR1,000; however, students who complete the program will be presented with a refund of QR500.
Nursery open day
Local nursery Little Academy is holding an open house at its Madinat Khalifa branch from 8am to noon on Aug. 31. The event will feature free craft activities, face painting, a dance class and cupcake decoration.
Residents looking to enroll their toddlers can meet the teachers, and tour the preschool’s facilities during the event.
Additionally, those who register their children at Little Academy before Sept. 1 can obtain a 50 percent discount on registration fees, and will also stand to win free childcare for the year. The event is free and open to the public.
To book a nursery spot in advance, call 6681 7163 or 4411 0027.
- World Innovation Summit for Health: A QF-backed initiative, the World Innovation Summit for Health, which will hold its annual conference in February 2015, is accepting submissions for products, services or digital solutions which have the potential to transform global health. Submissions will be part of WISH’s Innovation Showcase competition, where healthcare developers and innovators will exhibit their work. A full list of previously showcased work is available here, and includes mobile apps, pocket scanners, and solar-powered water purifiers. Those interested in entering their work can go here to do so. Submissions are open from now until Oct. 31.