Whether you are a sports enthusiast or a lover of arts and cinema, there’s plenty of activities going on this weekend to suit a variety of tastes.
Here is our pick of a few of the top things to do:
Superbikes and touring cars
For an action-packed weekend, residents should head to the Losail International Circuit where the fourth round of two simultaneous competitions, the Qatar Superbike and Qatar Touring Car Championships, will be taking place.
The free-of-charge event boasts riders and drivers from all round the world competing on the track for the ultimate prize at races held every month until a grand finale in June.
Qualifications rounds will take place at the track on Friday, Jan. 16 from 1pm – 4:35 pm, while races will be held from 12.40pm – 4pm on Jan. 17. For more information please visit the circuit’s website, or click here for a detailed schedule of the days’ events.
Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and head over to the Museum of Islamic Art Park where the Doha Film Institute is hosting a pop-up cinema on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7 pm.
On offer is the fantasy adventure film Where The Wild Things Are, which follows the imagination of Max, a mischievous young boy who is sent to his room by his mother in punishment.
The film will be screened in English, with Arabic subtitles and the event is free of charge. Families are encouraged to arrive at the venue early as seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
It’s the last chance to check out the unconventional works by local artist Nawal Hamad Al Mannai, who is exhibiting exhibition at Katara Cultural Village.
On display are 30 of the artist’s newest pieces, drawn in pencil on light backgrounds with natural colors made from everyday foodstuffs, including coffee, tea, roselle, turmeric and beets.
The exhibition runs until Jan. 15 at Building 18 in Katara, from 10am – 10pm daily.
The opening ceremony and first match (Qatar v Brazil) of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship opens tomorrow, Jan. 15 at Lusail Multipurpose Hall.
Running until Feb. 1, the event will be held across three venues around Doha: Lusail, The Duhail Sports Hall, and the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena in Al Sadd, with round-robin matches followed by knock-out games.
Tickets for the games cost between QR25 and QR500, varying across locations, session types and seating arrangements, and can be bought online here. For more information about the teams, schedule, and venues, visit the Qatar 2015 Handball website here.
As part of an anti-smoking initiative encouraging residents to adopt a healthy lifestyle, the first of two open-door beach volleyball events are taking place on January 16 on the beach at Sharq Village & Spa.
While organizers Events & Beyond have enough people registered to take part in the teams for this weekend, spectators are welcomed to turn out to the free tournament to cheer on the players.
The games will take place from 8am – 11am and no pre-registration is required.
If you missed out taking part in this event but would like to play for the follow-up session on January 24, you can sign up via the Facebook page here.
What are you going to do this weekend? Thoughts?