From food to film and cricket to motorcycles, there are plenty of things on offer in Qatar this weekend that are sure to catch your fancy. Here’s a selection of them:
1) Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF)
This annual event kicks off for the fifth time on Thursday, March 20 at 6pm at the Museum of Islamic Art Park. The festival runs through Sunday, March 23 at 10pm, and is being hosted by the Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways.
This year, a total of 55 food stalls will be grouped into three zones: international, snacks and healthy food zone. There will also be a live cooking zone, 5 kiosks from restaurants and exhibitors.
As part of the Qatar/ Brazil Year of Culture, a signature zone has been assigned for Brazilian food outlets and barbecue stations. There will also be traditional Qatari food and Qatari elements like traditional tents, Arabic coffee and dates.
Limited tickets are available onsite for activities such as Dinner in the Sky by the Renaissance Hotel and dinner in the middle of the sea by the Diplomatic Club.
Reminder: There is no parking available at the MIA itself – visitors will need to take shuttles to the venue:
There is no parking at MIA during the Qatar Food Festival 20-23 March Park and Ride location map http://t.co/HO5JgxBf8C
— MuseumofIslamicArt (@MIAQatar) March 20, 2014
2) Jacques Tati’s Cinema
This week, the Doha Film Institute has been screening a collection of movies by French director, actor, and screenwriter Jacques Tati, with a different feature every day. Here’s what’s on this weekend:
- Mon oncle: This movie debuts tonight (March 19) at 7:30pm, and features a series of funny run-ins with the superficial trappings of the modern life in France. It will also play at 10am on Thursday, but by invitation only.
- Playtime: Comedy and the “impersonal vibe of modernity” feature heavily in Tati’s most expensive film to date, which will be screened on Thursday at 7:30pm. Tickets are required for both screenings. Buy them in person at the Katara theater or online here.
3) Moto GP 2014
The MotoGP – Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar opens at 2pm on Thursday, March 20 and runs until March 23 at the Losail International Circuit.
Tickets are available online and cost QR200 for the four-day event. VIP tickets are also available, and range in price from QR2,500 to QR3,250. More information how to procure tickets and about the event can be found online here.
4) India vs Pakistan T-20 cricket match
UPDATE | Friday, March 21
This screening has been canceled:
— QSports Qatar (@QSportsQatar) March 20, 2014
Cricket lovers in Qatar can watch a live screening of the India vs Pakistan T-20 Cricket World Cup on Friday at 4.30pm on the giant LED screens set up at the Qatar Sports Club grass field. Tickets are QR10/person.
After the live screening, a local top Pakistan team will take on an Indian team in a T-16 match at 9:45pm. The event, managed by QSports, will also feature a match between QSC and Al Sailiya at 8:15pm. Tickets are priced at QR10 and can be bought at QSC.
5) Halal Hal Qatar Festival
The country’s “sheep breeding” festival will debut for the third time at Katara Cultural Village on March 22. The festival runs through March 31, and is open from 10am to 10pm at Katara’s Southern area.
The carnival will include three activities: Al Mazaiyn, Al Mazad and Al-Izab, along with a side expo on traditional Qatari handicrafts, games and old songs and an old Qatari house that will showcase how Qataris lived in the past. The event is free and open to the public.
6) Islamic triathlon
Qatar Olympic Committee is organizing the 15th edition of this triathlon at Sealine Beach on Saturday, March 22 in collaboration with the Qatar Swimming Association (QSA), Qatar Shooting and Archery Federation (QSAF) and Qatar Endurance Committee (QEC).
The event allows participants from Muslim countries to compete in horse-riding, shooting and swimming, provided they are physically fit and pass the tests set up by the organizing committee. The event is free and open to the public.
- For art lovers, a Mythologies exhibition by Syrian artists is being showcased at the Al- Markhiya Gallery at Souq Waqif and will end on Thursday, March 20.
- Aspire Park is offering free, one-hour kayaking classes from 12:30pm to 3pm this weekend to families who sign up online here.
- 2nd Chance Rescue is holding a Dogathon Day on Friday, March 21 from 1:30pm to sunset. Entrance costs QR25/person and the fees will go toward lowering the shelter’s medical bills. More details here.
What are your plans this weekend? Thoughts?