Qatar residents will be spoiled for choice this weekend, thanks to the multitude of activities on offer over the next few days, including a chance to visit a Qatari farm, check out a new art exhibition, watch a few movies or going for a sunset cruise. Here are our picks:
Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After
The cast of Disney on Ice – including Beauty and the Beast, Brave, Tangled and The Little Mermaid – will perform live at the Qatar National Convention Center over the next few days. The show will include ice-skating, acrobatics and and dancing on ice.
Tickets are still on sale for the performance, which opens tonight (Wednesday) and runs through Sept. 27. There will be one show tonight, two shows each on Thursday and Friday and three on Saturday.
Qatar farm trip
Local group See My Culture will host a cultural exchange trip to a Qatari farm this weekend, Sept. 26, from 10am onwards. Participants will be able to interact with gazelles, horses, falcons, and camels during the trip.
The event costs QR350 for adults, and includes a traditional lunch and numerous activities. Children under the age of five can go for free, and those under 12 years old pay a discounted rate. For more information, email [email protected], or register online here.
New Museum of Islamic Art exhibition
The Museum of Islamic Art will open a new exhibition, The Tiger’s Dream: Tipu Sultan, this Saturday, Sept 27. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, features images and artifacts from the life and times of Tipu Sultan, a legendary South Indian ruler.
On display are objects entirely from the MIA collection, many of which have never been displayed in Qatar, and 24 paintings showing the king’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780.
The Doha Film Institute is screening a series of short films directed by young filmmakers in Brazil, including: The Boy at the Five (Menino do Cinco); The Mai Brothers (Os Irmãos Mai); Sanã; The Comforting Hand (A Mão que Afaga); and To Sleep Quietly (Pra Eu Dormir Tranquilo).
The movies will be in Portuguese with English and Arabic subtitles, and are only open to viewers over the age of 15.
The screenings will be at 7pm on Sept. 25 and 26 at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium. Tickets cost QR35/person and can be bought online here or at the DFI ticket office near the auditorium.
Local environmental education company Entalek is organizing a sunset kayaking tour this weekend on Sept. 26 and 27 from 4pm onwards at the Al Thakira Reserve.
Participants will learn how to paddle and will get a first-hand view of Qatar’s extensive mangrove system. Tickets cost QR200, and can be booked online here.
For more information, call 5543-7349 or 3332-2078, or email [email protected].
The Pearl Qatar will host a series of family and kid-friendly events every weekend from Sept. 25 to Dec. 27 at the Porto Arabia Esplanade. The events, which run from 6pm to 10pm, will feature inflatable games, cartoon characters, face painting, coloring, temporary tattooing, balloon twisting and more.
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 4495 3876, or email [email protected].
- Hajj and Eid Al Adha Craft and Storytime: Families are invited to attend a story time and crafts event on Saturday, Sept. 27 at WHSmith in Ezdan Mall. The event is free and will take place from 10am to 2pm and include stories and crafts about Hajj and Eid.
- Instagram Makeup Tutorial Session: Famed Instagram makeup artist Fouz Al Fahad (The Real Fouz), who has more than 209,000 followers on the social media site, will be hosting two one-on-one makeup sessions on Sept. 26 and 27 from 4pm to 9pm at the Torch Doha Hotel. Tickets costs QR3,500 a person, and can be bought online here. It also covers the cost of an informal discussion over tea on Sept. 25 hosted by Fouz from 6 to 8pm. The events are open to women 18 years and older.
- Basics of Finance for the Hospitality Industry seminar: Hospitality industry professionals are invited to join a day-long seminar on finance on Sept. 27 at the Mercure Grand Hotel. The event, held in collaboration with Helbrone University and the Excellence Training Center, costs QR750/person, and will be held from 9.30am to 4pm. Those interested can call 3324-6200 or 6630-0785, or email [email protected] to enquire about registration.
- Doha Summer Festival: Catch the end of the Doha Summer Festival at numerous venues around town. The Qatar Tourism Authority sponsored festival ends on Sept. 27. Activities include the evening Corniche water show and activities at Entertainment City at the Doha Exhibition Center. Al Wakra beach is also 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.
What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?