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Exciting things to do in Qatar during the weekend (Nov.24–26)

Looking for exciting options this weekend? Doha News has got you covered. Check out our pick of the best things to do in the capital this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Plan your downtime right here.

Date and Venue: November 14–25 at the Fire Station, 9 am onwards

Entry Free

If you care about sustainable development and want to explore alternative, innovative resources, you should plan a trip to the Solar Art Festival. The event offers a wide range of collection of exceptional solar art created by globally-renowned solar artists and Qatar-based students.

Some of the major attractions are Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun, lamps for use in off-grid communities; Craig Colorusso’s Sun Boxes, a composite of audio speakers and solar panels; Anthony Castronovo and Eleonora Nicoletti’s Solar Shimmer, a kinetic screen that displays vibrance, using discarded plastic and solar energy; Shams Mashrabiya, artworks created by students in a form of living installation.

“The Extraordinary Italian Taste” Festival

Date and Venue: November 20–26 at LuLu Hypermarket, 9 am onwards

Free Entry

If you are fond of Italian cuisine, visit LuLu and indulge in some delectable flavours. The Hypermarket is wooing foodies with rich taste of genuine cuisines. It’s also an opportunity to learn a few Italian recipes. Apart from offering mouth-watering delights, the festival will have in-store promotions and live demonstrations by Italian chefs to encourage awareness around food products.

The customers can buy freshly-made pizzas, pastas, lasagna, tiramisu and many other Italian delicacies. The lucky ones stand to win exciting air tickets and holidays.

Mangrove Kayaking and Flamingo Watch

Date and Venue: November 24 (8am) Nov. 25 (9am) at Al Thakira

Don’t miss mangrove kayaking, flamingo watching and swimming at this event. Tides and wind conditions are near-perfect. Come with friends and family to share the experience.

You can book your visit at discoverarabia.rezdy.comorwhatsapp +974 5001 3246 / 3023 3207 for more details.

Motorbike Track Day

Date and Venue: November 25 at the Losail international Circuit, 1 pm onwards.

Entry: paid (as per session and vehicle)

Doha has a vibrant motorbike racing scene. The sport can be one of the most moving experiences of your life, both as a spectator and racer. Get swept away in the excitement by being a part of the “Motorbike Track Day” event. You will feel true freedom and experience a sense of community. It will also show you how good you are at dealing with nerves and how you respond to the pressure of competition.

For more details you can visit-https://www.circuitlosail.com/track-days

Qatar’s Strongest Man

Date and Venue: November 24–25 at the Aspire Park, 5 pm onwards.

Entry free (registration fee: 100QR)

The Aspire Park is once again hosting the “Qatar’s Strongest Man” competition. If you are a weightlifting fanatic or enthusiast, you should not miss this opportunity to witness the magic of muscle, speed and endurance. Watch them test their mental and physical fortitude and get inspired. The two-day event will have the Open competitions for the community on Friday, 24th November and the Qatari-only competitions on Saturday, 25th November.

For more details visit- http://crm.aspirezone.qa/Registrations/RegistrationPage.aspx?event=GqtIDv68AUPHX…

We may also look at the weekends with a different perspective. It is equally, if not more, rewarding and gratifying.

Help someone in need. There are always going to be those around you who may not be as privileged as you are. There is a good feeling attached to giving. Some psychologists call it ‘helper’s high’.

Take time out to make a visit to the local fire or police station and let them know how incredible they are. A simple gesture can really mean a lot to the men and women who serve us on a daily basis.

Write to someone you haven’t met in a long time. Most of us no longer use paper and pen, but there’s something magical about it. Write to them and show them you haven’t forgotten

Taking a free online class can be both interesting and enlightening. You can learn new things. There are plenty of free online classes you could take to improve your skills in a certain area. You can do a household maintenance walk-through. See what needs repairing.

Start a blog on a topic that interests you. Pen you feelings. Writing can really calm you down and relieve you of pent-up emotions. Try a basic meditation technique. It’s a great stress-buster and proven solver of many problems in life.

Enjoy!

Tomorrow is Friday, your day to unwind and indulge in some great fun. Doha News has shortlisted some special events and activities spread around town for you to choose from. See what stimulates you!

The 4th Katara European Jazz Festival

Date and Venue: From Nov.8-12 at Katara Culture Centre, Building 5. Time: 7pm onwards.

Entry:Free

If you are a Jazz aficionado, you’d want to be here. Lighten up your evening with one of the most rejuvenating experiences of European Jazz music. The much-awaited 4th edition of Katara European Jazz Festival was inaugurated yesterday with immense zeal. Top European Jazz musicians from 11 countries will be showcasing their talent in this music festival. Aspiring musicians interested in inter-cultural music can attend workshops conducted by European artists, too.

Red Bull CPD-Car Park Drift-Doha

Date, Time and Venue: Nov.10 -5:30 p.m from Dallah Parking to Doha Cronicle

Entry: Free

One of the most awaited events of November is the exclusive Red Bull Car Park Drift in Doha. The thrilling sports event is launched under the sponsorship of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), in partnership with Vodafone, Nissan, and Losail Circuit Sport. The event promises breathtaking car drifts with new, exciting drivers behind the wheels. The King of Drift is likely to represent Qatar in the Finals to be held in Kuwait.

Shopping

A number of lifestyle stores are offering amazing discounts, upto 50%, on unsold stocks. Apparels, shoes, watches and jewellery are the major items on sale. A popular shoe shop in Doha is also offering attractive deals, such as “buy 1 get 1 free”. As per customer reviews on the ongoing sale, the branded items are good and the rebates are great. A few other major franchisees of clothing brands, too, have reduced the prices to as low as QR 30. Sports shops are offering discounts from 20-30 %. Grab the opportunity!

Al Mamoura Family Park

In case you are looking for an outdoor recreation activity, or a long due family picnic, the newly- renovated Al Mamoura Park could prove to be a perfect spot. With the weather turning pleasant, you can enjoy the greenery of the park with much-improved facilitates. The 6,500 Sqm Parkhas upgraded its services, with latest equipments in place for physical exercise, games for children and improved lanes to give a superior experience.

What’s playing?

Various genres of movies are running in the theatres near you. According to IMD ratings,some of the best movies running are ‘THOR:RAGNAROK’ (2D):  An American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character,Thor.‘Thank you for your service’:  An American biographical war drama, it’s about the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depicting U.S. soldiers who find it hard to adjust to the civilian life. If horror excites you, go for ‘Jigsaw’.

Longines Global Championship Tour

Date and Venue: Nov 10  at AL SHAQAB Equestrian Centre

The splendid AL SHAQAB Equestrian Centre in Doha will once again provide just the idealsetting for the Longines Global Champions Tour finale. Founded by His Highness the Father Emir, this impressivevenue will see top international athletes go for broke to secure improved position in the prestigious LGCT Rankings

Doha Learning Week (Education Festival)

Date and Venue: Week-long event from Nov.10-16 at Katara

Entry: Free

If you are a student or a parent  looking for a career or education guide for your child, the innovative education festival, “Doha learning week”, is your one-stop hub. It is organised as a flagship week-long event under World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and will be inaugurated on 10th November. The week-long festival will offer a series of workshops, movie screenings, exhibitions, lectures, performances, tours and hackathons. It will offer activities from ‘Generation Amazing Football’, to various learning and educational events.You can find the details on https://www.wise-qatar.org/doha-learning-week-2017-details.

Beauty and the Beast Tour

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Beauty and the Beast Tour

Updated on Nov. 8 with organizers’ comment on ticket age restrictions

The award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will come to Qatar next month for a 10-day run as part of a world tour.

The English-language production, billed as Qatar’s first Broadway show, will take place at the Qatar National Convention Center theater from Dec. 10-19. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, Nov. 5.

A live orchestra will accompany the 15 separate performances, according to organizers Disney Theatrical Productions, Broadway Entertainment Group and NETworks Presentations, in cooperation with Qatar’s Premium Events.

Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast

The production is based on the 1991 Academy-Award winning Disney film of the same name, which was adapted from the French fairy tale La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

It ran on Broadway for 13 years, making it one of the highest-grossing and longest-running Broadway shows of all time.

Next month’s performance will include some signature songs from the film, such as Beauty and the Beast and Be Our Guest, in addition to more than a dozen others that have been adapted or composed for the stage show.

Since 2004, Beauty and the Beast has been touring internationally and has been performed in 22 countries, translated in eight different languages and seen by more than 35 million people.

The plot

The production tells the tale of a prince who was turned into a beast by an enchantress because of his selfish ways. He is told that unless he learns to love and be loved in return by the age of 21, he will remain that way forever.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast on tour

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on tour

The beast captures and imprisons bookish Belle, the daughter of a local merchant, in his castle where inanimate objects come to life. As their relationship unfolds, the beast eventually falls in love with her, and she him.

The stage show includes more than 40 actors, 1,000 separate costume pieces and 30 technical experts behind-the-scenes.

More than 77 tons of set, props, costumes and technical equipment will travel in a Boeing 777 freight aircraft in order to put on each performance, organizers said.

Premium Events’ Christoph Helbig told Doha News:

“We are very happy that the first-ever original Broadway musical coming to Doha is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. This is a proper, high-class Disney production, and people can expect the very best in terms of the performance, dancing, singing, the music and the beautiful costumes.”

The musical is being directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward, who won a Tony Award in 1994 for her work on the Broadway version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Music is by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tangled) and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), with additional songs with music by Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice (The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar).

Ticket info

The production is being supported by the Qatar Tourism Authority as part of its drive to bring family-friendly shows to the country.

Its opening follows on the success of several Disney on Ice shows, which first came to Qatar in 2013 and performed most recently in March with characters from the movie Frozen.

Beauty and the Beast on tour

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Beauty and the Beast on tour

Beauty and the Beast will premiere in Doha on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 10 and will feature a mix of matinee and evening performances.

There will also be Saturday morning family shows on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

Prices start at QR199 a person, and go up depending on category, fromQR349, QR499, QR899, QR1,199 and QR1,499 a person for platinum tickets.

There is a 15 percent discount on tickets for the Saturday family shows.

When tickets first went on sale, there was an age restriction notification which advised that the show was only for children ages 6 years and upwards. However, on Nov. 8 the Qatar-based organizers Premium Events told Doha News this restriction has now been removed and children of all ages may attend.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday at Virgin Megastores in Villaggio Mall, Landmark Mall and Spinney’s The Pearl, as well as online through Virgin’s website here.

Do you plan to go? Thoughts?