Seven things to do in Qatar this weekend – updated (Nov. 11-14)
From Khaleeji fashion to jazz in the park to a showcase of Indian films and an equestrian competition, there are plenty of things to do around town over the next few days. Here are our picks.
Qatar vs. Turkey
Qatar’s national football team will face off against Turkey in an international friendly on Friday, Nov. 13 from 8:30 pm onwards. The match, which will take place at the Lekhwiya Stadium, will also include a dedicated fan zone for attendees.
The space will open to the public at 4:30 pm, and will feature traditional Turkish food, folklore performances and handmade products and artifacts in a bazaar-like setting. Fans can also try a hand at various football related games and activities where they can test their skills.
A Turkish military performance is also scheduled for half-time, with 16 dancers performing to traditional Turkish music.
Tickets for the event can be bought online here or in person from booths at the venue, starting at 4:30pm. Regular stand seats cost QR100 and VIP tickets are QR350/each. Most regular tickets seem to be sold out, though a few are available.
Fans are advised to arrive early and park in designated parking zones to minimize surrounding traffic.
Heya fashion show
The 8th edition of the annual Heya Fashion show, Qatar’s largest trunk exhibition of Arab and Khaleeji designers, will be held from Nov. 12-18 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (near City Center).
The women’s-only event will feature over 300 regional brands, fashion shows, hands-on fashion and workshops across its six days. The event is free and open to the public and will run from 1 to 11pm daily. More information can be found online here.
Taste of India films
As part of the Doha Film Institute’s Spotlight on India series, there will be of three movies this weekend at the Museum of Islamic Art.
The films span the course of Indian cinema, center on the theme of social justice and offer audiences a take that’s different from what’s generally produced in Bollywood.
They include master Satiyajit Ray’s celebrated classic Charulata (The Lonely Wife), Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court and family-friendly The Crow’s Egg by M. Manikandan. The screenings will be held at various times on Thursday and Friday at the MIA auditorium.
Tickets cost QR35/person, QR25 for students and QR10 for Culture Pass holders. Regular tickets can be bought online here, while the discounted ones must be purchased at the MIA DFI ticket outlet between noon to 8pm on Thursday and 2 to 8pm on Friday.
Jazz in the park
Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha (JALC) will host its free monthly outdoor concert at the Museum of Islamic Art park tonight from 7pm to 8pm.
The event is open to the public, and will feature award-winning jazz artists from around the world.
Attendees are invited to arrive at the stage near the MIA Park Cafe, and are encouraged to bring friends.
The series is part of a partnership between the MIA and JALC to bring jazz to a larger audience through free world-class jazz concerts.
Walk for a cause this weekend at Aspire Park, which is hosting the Sixth Annual Beat Diabetes Walk-a-thon on Friday, Nov. 13.
The event aims to raise awareness of the high diabetes rates in the region, as each attendee logs a distance of 1.8km on the Aspire Park track in solidarity. Interested residents can register for the walk online here.
Following the walk, participants can opt to check their glucose levels at the testing kiosks., or stay behind to avail of fitness activities like Zumba, dance and other sports-related challenges.
There will be a kids’ zone to keep young ones entertained, with an on-site DJ and live entertainment on stage. Stands serving fresh fruits & water will also be set up at the venue. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page here. The walk-a-thon is free and open to the public.
Longines Equestrian Cup
The Al Shaqab Stadium will once again host the final leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour at a star-studded event expected to attract some 30 of the best show jumping riders in the world.
Events will begin at noon on Thursday and continue over the weekend. Interested attendees are welcome to attend for free, but must buy tickets that are price between QR15 and QR35 for the finale on Saturday.
The tour offers some of the richest prize money in show jumping, promising a high-octane, explosive performance. For more information and a detailed schedule, visit the event’s website here.
QIBS Boat Show
The third edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS), which features the best of the boating industry, opens to the public today to Nov. 14. The show is free to all and runs from 2:30 to 9:30pm on the weekdays and from 12:30 to 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday.
Held at the Lusail Marina, the annual show features some of the biggest names in boating.
Last year’s event featured some 60 boats and over 100 exhibitors on 10,000 sqm of water basin surface and 15,000 sqm of outdoor displays divided into five zones – Marina Display, External Display Area, Shipyards and Boatyards, Equipment Accessories and Service and Luxury Products and Services.
- QatArt Market: Katara’s weekly handmade bazaar will return this weekend with a day-long event showcasing some of Doha’s best local talent. This week’s event will feature artists, designers, jewellers, quilters, and paper crafters on Friday, Nov. 13, from 3 to 8pm at the Katara Art Studios Courtyard – Building 19. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and a list of participating vendors, visit the event’s Facebook page here.
- Doha Mums Autumn Yard Sale: The annual Doha Mums autumn yard sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9am to noon at the Doha Rugby Club. Home decor, clothing, toys, and other pre-owned items will be on sale. The event will also feature a bouncy castle for kids, BBQ, soft drinks and food. Entrance costs QR5 for attendees, and free for children under the age of 10 years old. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.
What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?