Humid weather notwithstanding, there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy in Qatar this weekend, including a basketball tournament, dancing sessions and afternoon festivals. Here are our picks:
Catch a bite-sized dose of basketball madness this weekend and head over to the Al Gharafa Sports Club from Aug. 20 to 29, where under 18-year-olds from all over Asian will compete in the 23rd FIBA Asian U18 Basketball Championship.
The top three teams at the event will represent FIBA Asian at the 2015 FIBA U19 Championships in Greece. The event is free and open to the public, and matches will run daily from 6pm onwards.
Bollywood dancing at Aqua Park
Local Indian dance group D4Dance will perform with music and art school Kalabhavan Qatar on Friday, Aug. 22 at the Aqua Park.
Also featured will be local English alternative rock band Music Vending Machine, in a series of events that start at 5pm. Additionally, there will be children’s activities such as face painting, games and balloon twisting. Fridays are considered family days at the water park, while Tuesdays are for women only.
Local dance group Salsa n Candela is hosting several classes all this month at the Hilton Hotel – Eforea Spa.
Whether you’re a beginner, or a professional salsa dancer, there is a class to suit your level. Held by professional dancers, each class costs QR60, and runs for an hour, usually between 8 to 10pm. The group also offers classes in fitness, zumba, yoga and cuban dancing, priced the same, and at the same venue. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
On Friday, Aug. 22, the group will also hold a three-hour-long crash course in Kizomba. On its website, it describes the dance as originating from Angola, mixing “influences of traditional Semba with Angolan merengue and Kilapanda (traditional Angolan music)…Unlike semba, kizomba music is characterized by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm, sung generally in Portuguese.”
The class costs QR260/person, and will be held at the Hilton. Those who are interested in signing up can email [email protected] to reserve a spot. For more information, visit the group’s website or call 5504 7010.
The Cat Assistance Team of Qatar, a local volunteer-based cat rescue group, is holding an afternoon of fun activities of families and children ages three to 12 years old on Aug. 23, from noon to 4pm, at Riviera Gardens in South Duhail.
Tickets cost QR10, and are available at the door. Activities will include dance, face painting, arts and crafts, seconds sale, food and more. For more information, email [email protected]
Kids’ activities at the mall
The Childhood Cultural Center has launched a summer program for children at Lagoona Mall that goes until Aug. 22. The activities run from 4pm to 9pm, and include art workshops.
Children who participate may also be taken on tours, including to Aspire Academy and Hamad International Airport. More information can be found here.
- Summer festival: For those who haven’t yet checked out the Qatar Tourism Authority’s summer festival activities, consider taking in an evening Corniche water show or visiting Entertainment City at the Doha Exhibition Center this weekend. Or venture out of Doha – Al Wakra beach is hosting a pop-up inflatable aqua park from 3pm to 8pm daily, while adventure enthusiasts can get their share of biking, kayaking and other outdoor sports in Al Khor. Tickets for the latter can be purchased at the tent outside the Al Khor Mall.