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Chantelle D'mello

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From a yummy food market to a fashion exhibition to Bollywood dances and arts and crafts sessions, there’s lots going on around town in the coming days.

Here are our picks:

Heya – Summer Edition

A mall-based version of the Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition will open on Friday the Mall of Qatar.

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Heya fashion

From Aug. 25 to Aug. 29, the pop-up show will feature the latest fashion creations from 28 local designers, including Harlienz, Debaj, Black Elegant and Al Dukan.

The exhibition is located on the ground floor of the MOQ, in the luxury section. More information is here.

Qatari market

To help support local businesses, the Mall of Qatar has opened a summer food market that showcases locally made products.

The market features wares created by 10 Qataris who mostly make their items at home and sell them through social media platforms.

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They’ll be selling a range of food, from sweets to pasta to home-cooked meals.

The market is open from 1pm to 9pm through Sept. 15 in the Luxury Court. More details are here.

Bollywood dance performances

International dance team D4Dance will perform at Summer Entertainment city this weekend.

The team will be on stage at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center from 5:30 to 5:40pm; 6:30 to 6:40pm; 8 to 8:10pm and 9:15 to 9:25pm on Friday.

On Saturday, they will perform from 6:30 to 6:40pm; 8 to 8:10pm and 9:15pm to 9:25pm. It’s free to watch after paying the entrance fee to the DECC, which is QR15/person.

Arts and crafts workshops

Katara Cultural Village is running “Made in Qatar” workshops daily from Aug. 25 – Aug. 30, from 2pm to 7pm.


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During the sessions, artists Aisha Al-Mohanidi, Aisha Al-Saadi and Kholoud Al-Dosari will teach participants how to make perfume, collages do decoupage, print t-shirts, or a painting saying “Qatar is my life.”

The workshops are open to those who are seven years and older.

Registration is still open for the event in Katara Art Studio B19, which costs QR50 per person.

Beach clean up

A number of volunteer organizations are joining forces to organize a clean-up of the beaches by the Inland Sea in the early morning of Aug. 25.

Doha Environmental Actions, Silent Volunteers, Doha Beach Clean Project, Qatar Volunteers and Pinoy Offroaders Qatar are collaborating in the environmental initiative.

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Everyone is welcome to take part. The group will meet at the Dairy Queen, by Radisson Blu Hotel, on Aug. 24 at 8:30pm then drive in convoy to the Inland Sea, to camp overnight.

The litter-pick will take place in the early hours of Aug. 25. Participation is free. For more information, see here.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?


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Don’t let the sticky summer weather discourage you from going out this weekend.

There’s lots to do around town, including checking out an exhibition by photographers from the Philippines, playing or watching basketball and volleyball tournaments and testing your wits against Mindsports opponents.

Here are our picks:

Mindsports challenge

If you are a chess champion, a Go gamer or are brutal at backgammon, then the 4th Mindsports World Championships could be for you.


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Starting Aug. 19 until Aug. 27, the event at the Doha Exhibition and Conference Center (DECC) in Dafna/West Bay will feature competitions for six different games, including Arabic and English Scrabble, e-sports such as FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as chess, bridge, backgammon and Go.

There are entry fees to participate, and cash prizes for winners. For details on event schedules and registration, see here.

Filipino photography

Daily life in Qatar will be the focus of a new photography exhibition at Katara Cultural Village which opens on Aug 17.


Qatar Through Filipinos’ Lenses

The display, Qatar Through Filipinos’ Lenses, is being hosted in conjunction with the Embassy of Philippines in Doha. It will include works by locally-based photographers.

The free exhibition at Building 19 will run daily until Aug 27. from 10am until 10pm daily.

Volleyball battle

Qatar’s expat volleyball league is pitting 14 of its best players against one another in the Battle of the Titans at Qatar Sports Club in Dafna/West Bay.


Battle of the Titans volleyball

The exhibition games, on Aug. 18, include a men’s match from 5pm with Josh Villanueva, Vince Mangulabnan, Marck Espejo,Tony Koyfman, Ish Polvorosa, Peter Tores, Isay Marasigan and Rex Intal.

The women’s match, from 7pm, will include Rachelle Ann Daquiz, EJ Laure, Julia Morado, Sisi Rondina, Chie Saet and Royce Tubino.

Tickets cost from QR50 to QR150 per person and are available online from Q-Tickets. No reserved seating.

Basketball challenge

Aspire Active is launching a Triple Threat basketball tournament at Aspire Dome on Aug. 19, with free registration for men 18 years and older.

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3×3 basketball tournament

Teams will be made of three players, and can be made on the day of the tournament.

The event takes place from 10am until 6pm and is open to all. See here for more details.

Festival parades

Angry Birds, Smurfs and Disney’s Pluto will take part in Summer Festival parades at DECC on Aug. 18 and 19.

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Parades at Summer Entertainment City

The life-size plush mascots will tour the venue, meeting and greeting with fans young and young-at-heart throughout the weekend.

The parade is free, but entry to Summer Entertainment City costs QR15, and games and activities cost extra.

Children under 2 years (with proof of age) old are free. You can buy your ticket online here, and more information on the event is here.

To mark Independence Day, Pakistani and Indian nationals get a 40 percent discount on the gold and platinum passes this weekend. More information is here and here.

Appliqué art

Learn how to create your own artwork using fabric and the technique of applique during family workshops at Katara Cultural Center this weekend.


Applique workshops

Classes will be in Arabic and English and are open to men and women. They are held in Katara Art Studio B19 from 5pm until 7pm. Places are limited to a maximum of 12 per class and cost QR200 per person. More information is here.

What are your plans this weekend? Thoughts?

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Mansour Al Safran

Even though it’s August (the most relaxed month of the year in Qatar), there are plenty of things to do around town this weekend, both inside and outdoors.

From checking out acrobatic shows and BMX tricks to racing around Oxygen Park to cleaning up a popular beach, here are our picks:

BMX tricks

Summer Entertainment City at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) is holding several events at the end of this week.

They include a performance from BMX Red Bull Athlete Mansour Al Safran.

Mansour Al Safran

Mansour Al Safran

The Kuwaiti national, who won bronze at the Asian free style tournament in Malaysia 2013, will demonstrate his skills at the DECC on Friday and Saturday.

Showtimes begin at 6:30pm, 8pm and 8:40pm. The performance is free aside from the QR15 entrance to the venue.

Dunking Devils return

Acrobatic basketball team Dunking Devils returns to the DECC this weekend, but this time with “Super-girl.”

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A Dunking Devils team member

The group will perform some daring stunts on Aug. 11 and 12.

Showtimes begin at 6:50pm, 8:20pm and 9pm, and entry is included in the QR15 door fee.

African acrobats

One more act will perform on Friday and Saturday at the DECC: the Human African Acrobat Show.

This dance team has flexed its balancing skills around the world and is making its Summer Entertainment City debut from 5:30pm to 6pm and 7:15pm to 7:45pm on Aug. 11 and 12.

Summer sizzler race

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or can barely jog from the parking lot to inside a mall, there’s something for you at Qatar Foundation’s Oxygen Park this weekend.

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Starting at 6:30pm on Friday evening, runners ages four to 99 years old are invited to take part in races ranging from a 1k to a 10k, as part of the Qatar Running Series – Summer Sizzler 2017.

Entry fees start from QR50 a person and each race is limited to 100 participants. You can register and find out more details here.

Beach cleanup

Doha Environmental Actions & Doha Beach Clean Project are seeking volunteers to help with a big coastal and beach clean-up this weekend.

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Previous Doha Beach Cleanup

The team will meet at Dairy Queen near the Radisson Blu hotel at 2:30pm on Aug. 11, before heading to Al Ghariya beach to start the clean.

Volunteers are being asked to bring water to drink in a reusable bottle, a hat, strong shoes, old bags to collect garbage, gloves, a towel and a change of clothes. Organizers are also holding a potluck, so bring a dish to share.

If you are able to offer a seat in your car for the journey, get in touch with organizers – but don’t forget to bring your ID if you’re going to do this. See here for more details.


  • Extended date festival: Due to popular demand, the Local Dates Festival has been extended until Aug. 12. Located at a tent in Souq Waqif, the event showcases 60 types of dates grown in Qatar. The (air-conditioned) tent is open from 4pm to 10pm and there are lots of free samples!

What are your plans for this weekend? Thoughts?