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Souq Waqif Spring Festival 2016

From checking out Qatar’s annual Spring Festivals to cheering on triathlon participants to visiting Katara’s Magical Festival Village, there’s lots to do around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Spring festivals

The annual Souq Waqif Spring Festival opens tomorrow, Jan. 19, and runs through Feb. 3.

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Souq Waqif Spring Festival 2016

One of the festival offerings will include Kingdom of Snakes at the Al Rayyan Theater. The show runs from Jan. 20 until the end of the festival and tells the story of a princess who gets kidnapped by a villain.

Regular tickets cost QR70 and QR100, while VIP tickets cost QR250.

Timings for the show and the festival have yet to be announced, but in previous years it ran from 3:30pm to 10pm daily.

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Souq Wakrah

Souq Wakrah is also hosting a Spring Festival starting tomorrow. It runs through Feb. 13 and will include entertainment and games for children, according to the Qatar Tribune.

Magical Festival Village

Head over to Katara’s souq-themed recreational area Magical Festival Village for a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs show starting this Thursday, Jan. 19.

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The show will take place at the festival’s Teatro, located on the Katara beachfront. Snow White runs from Jan. 19-22, and Jan. 25-30. Shows will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Ticket prices range between QR100 and QR350, and can be purchased here.

The festival will run until April 30 and will feature other shows including The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Aladdin.

Doha Triathlon 2017

The first-ever Doha Triathlon will take place this Friday, Jan. 20 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and The Corniche.

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The triathlon will run from 7am until noon and is open to all athletic levels.

The race will feature a 1.5km swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run along with a Sprint triathlon that includes a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

For more information, visit the Doha Triathlon website.

Mosque tour

A free tour of the beautiful Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies mosque at Qatar Foundation will be held on Jan. 20 from 3:30 to 6:30pm.

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QFIS on Eid Al Fitr 2016

The event is being hosted by the Sheikh Abdullah bin Zaid Al-Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar). It includes an introduction to Islam, as well as “insight into a part of life in Qatar that seems obscure.”

To take part in the tour, meet at Fanar at 3pm. More information about the event can be found here.

Extreme desert show

Local eco-tourism company 365 Adventures Qatar is hosting an afternoon of dune-bashing, sunset watching and food this Friday between 1:30pm and 4:30pm.

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The event will take place at both Sealine and Khor Al Udayd (inland sea), and will feature three hours of dune-bashing, a 30-minute “extreme desert show” and optional swimming.

Tickets cost QR150 per person. Pick-up and drop-off services will be provided by professional off-road drivers. The meeting point will be at the Hardee’s located on Old Airport Road.

For more information on ticket bookings and payment, check out the event’s Facebook page.


  • Free film screening: In case you missed it when it premiered last month, Dari Qatar: A Film By All of Us will be playing at the MIA Park this Saturday at 7pm. The documentary features human interest pieces that incorporate the day-to-day lives of Qatar residents. The clips all allude to themes of change, diversity, hope, family, tradition and adventure, among others.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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From enjoying food trucks and fireworks on the Corniche to listening to a free concert at the Museum of Islamic Art to cheering people on a marathon, there is lots to do in Qatar this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Shop Qatar events

As part of the month-long Shop Qatar Festival, several events will be held from Jan. 12 to 14, including fireworks shows each night at 8pm on the Corniche.

Also from Thursday to Saturday, 10 food trucks and stalls will sell food to the public between 4pm and 10pm on the Corniche.


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Meanwhile, Qatar Foundation will screen episodes of Siraj, the new 3D animation “edutainment” TV series. It will also host a mobile library for children.

In terms of mall entertainment, Hyatt Plaza’s outdoor area will host an African Circus show daily until Jan. 21. Shows begin at 6:30pm and run until 8pm during the week, while weekend shows vary between 5:30pm, 7pm and 9pm.

Retail outlets around the country are also providing discounts of up to 50 percent on a range of goods including clothes, cosmetics, electronics and accessories for men, women and children.

Ooredoo marathon

For those looking to burn off some calories this weekend, the fifth edition of the Ooredoo Marathon will be held on Friday, Jan. 13 from 6:30am onwards at the Museum of Islamic Art. 

Four different adult marathons will take place, including a full marathon (42.2km), a half-marathon (21.1km), and 10km and 5km for junior and adult races along the Corniche. There are also 3km and 1km kids races.

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Ooredoo Marathon 2016

According to Ooredoo, prizes will be awarded to the best runners in a range of categories, based on gender and age. 

For safety reasons, the Corniche road will be closed to traffic from 6:30 to 11:30am on Friday to accommodate the races. Marathon spectators are requested to stand at the Corniche walkway to the MIA or at the many checkpoints lining the Corniche to get an unobstructed view.

Runners can park at the MIA port side entry from 5am to 7:30am, while visitors can do so at the Souq Waqif underground parking garage.

Participants must collect their race pack inside the MIA parking lot on Friday between 5am and 6am.

Free concert at the MIA

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will holds its free monthly chamber music concert in the atrium of the Museum of Islamic Art on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 6pm to 7pm.


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Pieces from Antonio Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico will be played during the event, which is open to people of all ages. More information is here.

Football Five World Championship

Amateur football players around Doha who are 16 years and older are invited to play in the second qualifiers round of the F5WC this Friday, Jan. 13.

The tournament will take place in Al Sadd Sports Club between 9am and 3pm and costs QR1,000 per team, which can be paid at the registration desk. A team must consist of a minimum of five players and a maximum of seven.

Winners get an all-expense paid trip to Beijing, and will play in the World Finals representing Qatar alongside 31 other countries.

Only Qatar nationals and permanent residents are eligible for registration. Participants are encouraged to register no later than today (Jan. 11) to secure a place.

More information on registration, the schedule and standings is here.

Al Dana Green Run

The 12th edition of the Al Dana Green Run will take place this Saturday, Jan. 14 at Aspire Zone.

The race, which is hosted by Doha Bank, will begin at 1pm and feature a 3km circuit around Khalifa Stadium. The event is free and open to both men and women.

According to Doha Bank’s website, more than 3,400 have already registered for the race.

To register, visit Doha Bank’s website or visit Doha Bank’s branch in City Centre for free registration and a fitness test between 6pm and 9pm.


  • Boot camp: The Tivoli Spa at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels will hold free bootcamp sessions every Saturday morning until the end of February. The sessions, which feature high-intensity cardio workouts, will take place at the Corniche between 8:30 and 9:30am and are open to both men and women. To attend, head to Souq Waqif at 8am, where all participants will take off from there. For more information, call 4433 6444.
  • Arabian Horse workshop: Head over to Al Shaqab tonight (Jan. 11) at 7pm to learn about the history of the Arabian horse and its importance in Qatar’s history. The talk will be given by Dr. Mats Troedsson, consultant director of Al Shaqab Equine Veterinary Medical Center, and will take place in the Al Shaqab multipurpose hall in the Main Arena building. 

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

Ray Toh

Marmi Festival 2016

From (quietly) cheering on your favorite tennis players to shopping up a storm to watching falcons in action, there is lots to do around town over the next few days.

Here are our picks:

Marmi Festival

The eighth edition of the month-long annual Marmi Festival, which kicked off earlier this week, will continue this weekend with both morning and evening sessions. 

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The idea behind the festival is to honor traditional past-time falconry. This month will feature pigeon chasing, speed competitions and visual acuity sessions. 

The festival is being held at Sabkhat Marmi near Sealine in Mesaieed. It organized by Katara-based Al Gannas society and runs through Jan. 28. More information can be found on their website

Qatar ExxonMobil 2017 Open

Some of the world’s best tennis players are in Qatar this week to compete for a golden falcon trophy and more than $1 million in prize money.

The 25th annual Qatar ExxonMobil Open kicked off earlier this week and runs through Jan. 7 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash complex in Dafna/West Bay.

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2017 Qatar ExxonMobil Open

Tickets for the tournament can be bought through the Qatar Tennis Federation’s website. They start from QR25 for the early rounds to QR350 for the Singles’ final on Saturday.

Mahaseel Festival

A new festival that offers residents fresh produce from local farms has launched at Katara Cultural Village and will run through Saturday, Jan. 7.

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Mahaseel Festival is open daily from 8am to 9pm at Katara’s parking area 05. The festival is free and open to the public.

The event will also feature coordination contests for school students and the public individually. These contests will include designing strollers and decorating baskets for a money prize.

More information can be found on Katara’s website.

Shop Qatar

The first edition of a month-long shopping festival will kick off this weekend in malls across Qatar.

It will feature cash prizes of up to QR4 million, special offers on flights and hotel bookings and entertainment that includes the Broadway musical Cats.

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Retail outlets around the country will be providing discounts of up to 50 percent on a range of goods including clothes, cosmetics, electronics and accessories for men, women and children.

The festival will begin on Saturday, Jan. 7 and run until Feb. 7.

Participating malls include Ezdan Mall, Hyatt Plaza, AlKhor Mall, Lagoona Mall, Gulf Mall, Landmark, Dar Al Salam Mall, The Gate and The Pearl-Qatar. For more information, visit Shop Qatar’s website.

Peace exhibition

A new exhibition that highlights the atrocities of war through paintings and installations is currently taking place at Katara’s Building 18 from 10am to 10pm daily.

The exhibition, which kicked off last week, features 25 works of Qatari artist Jameela Al Ansari, all of which address the themes of war and an urgent call for peace.

The exhibition follows Qatar’s recent urgent relief campaign for Aleppo, which netted more than QR245 million, and will run until Jan. 12, 2017.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?