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From watching your favorite wrestlers in action to enjoying Qatar’s first kite festival to cheering on local football teams or checking out some of the latest fashion trends, there’s plenty going on around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Kite Festival

Qatar’s inaugural International Kite Festival, which kicked off yesterday, will run through Saturday, April 29 from noon to 7pm at Aspire Park.

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Kite festival

Thirteen teams from around the world are competing in the event., including professional kite flyers from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, the US and Vietnam.

There are also kite workshops, roaming entertainers, food trucks and F1 simulators, among other offerings.

Additionally, prizes are being offered for three separate competitions inspired by the event. These include a kids’ poster competition, a photography competition and a schools competition. More details can be found here.

Qatar Cup Final

Al Sadd will face Al Jaish in the Qatar Cup Final on Saturday, April 29 at 7pm at the Al Sadd stadium.

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Al Sadd Sports Club

According to the Qatar Stars League, this is Al Sadd’s first appearance at the finals, which are usually between El Jaish and Lekwhiya.

Interestingly, the team’s captains, Xavi of Al Sadd and Seydou Keita of El Jaish, are no strangers. They played together on the same side for four seasons with FC Barcelona.

Tickets to the match cost QR10/person and can be bought online or at Gulf or Landmark malls.

Symphony

Conductor Elias Grandy will lead the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in performing Brahams’ First Symphony on Saturday, April 29.

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Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The event will take place at the Qatar National Convention Center (Auditorium 3) at 7:30pm. Tickets cost QR125-QR175/person and can be bought online.

The symphony is open to anyone six years and older, and informal attire such as shorts or beachwear are not permitted. More information about the event is on QPO’s website.

Pro-wrestling

Celebrity wrestlers from across the world will gather in Doha this weekend for the QPW SuperSlam Championship.

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QPW event

The event will be held on Friday, April 28 at the Ali bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena, with doors opening at 6pm and the show starting at 8pm.

For the first time in the Middle East, retired American pro wrestler Sting will make an appearance, organizers said.

Some of the confirmed wrestlers include Cody Rhodes, Booker T, Caprice Coleman, Ali Farhat, and for the first time, Qatari wrestler Ali Al Naima.

Tickets for the family-friendly event are now on sale. They cost QR50, QR150, QR350 and QR500 (VIP) per person and can be bought online.

Heya fashion exhibition

The 11th edition of the Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition will kick off on Friday, April 28 and run through Tuesday, May 2.

Eight Heya Arabian Fashion Show

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8th Heya Arabian Fashion Show

The event is considered Qatar’s most popular exhibition of abayas and traditional Arabic attire. This year, it will host Gulf-based designers as they show off their abayas, kaftans, jalabiyas, veils and gown designs. Accessories, belts, bags and shoes will also be on offer.

Visitors can enjoy daily fashion shows or learn from workshops hosted by industry experts.

Doors will officially open from 4:30pm to 10pm on Friday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC). The show continues Saturday to Tuesday, May 2 as ladies-only from 10am to 10pm. For more information, visit Heya’s website.

Free DFI screening

As part of the Museum of Islamic Art’s Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India exhibition, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) will screen Gabbeh this weekend.

The Iranian romantic-fantasy by director and screenwriter Mohsen Makhmalbaf tells the story of an elderly married couple.

While washing their gabbeh, a traditional Persian carpet, the figure in the design (that of a young woman) comes to life and spins a story about her history, her family and the man she loved but was forbidden to marry.

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Gabbeh

The screening will be held twice at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28. Both screenings will commence at 7:30pm.

The screening is free and open to all, but those who wish to attend should reserve seats in advance here. For more information, visit DFI’s website.

Al Khor book fair

The Ministry of Culture and Sports is currently holding its first book fair in Al Khor Park.

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Some of the participating publishers include Al Sharq, Promo Art and Katara, among others. There will also be various workshops at the Al Khor Public Library to encourage reading among students in schools. Students from Abdullah Bin Ali Al Misnad Junior High school will be also be performing a play.

The fair will run until Saturday, April 29.

Bonus:

  • Pearl-Qatar festival: UDC is hosting an outdoor festival in Porto Arabia (La Croisette 2 to 6) from Thursday through Saturday. There will be performances, carnival games, coloring and an animal petting area. The event goes from 4pm to 9pm each day. More information is here.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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Thirteen teams from around the world will compete in Qatar’s inaugural international kite festival next week.

The event run daily from noon to 7pm at Aspire Park, from Tuesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 29.

Professional kite flyers from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, the US and Vietnam will be in town for the competition.

Amateurs will also be able to get their hands on a kite during public flying sessions, as well as for lessons on building, decorating and handling kites.

What’s on

According to Aspire’s event schedule, the festival includes workshops, arts and crafts activities and competitions.

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Kite festival program

In addition to kite-related activities, there will be food trucks and roaming entertainers, and an F1 simulator.

Entry to the event is free, and it’s open to all ages.

Competitions

Organizers are also offering prizes for three separate competitions inspired by the event.

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The first is a kids’ poster competition.

Children up to the age of 10 years old can go to the Arts & Crafts station, where they will be asked to draw a poster showing their kite flying in Aspire Park.

The artwork will be posted onto @aspirezone, the official Instagram account. Creators of the top 10 most liked images will receive gifts from Festival sponsor Kiddy Zone. 

The second is a photo competition.

Visitors are being asked to upload a photo to social media taken during the event, using the hashtag #AspireKitePhoto.  

First place winners will receive two business class return tickets to any Qatar Airways destination, while second place will receive two economy class return tickets on Qatar Airways to any of its destinations. Third and fourth place winners will receive equipment from Nikon. 

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Finally, there will be a Schools Competition. 

Teams of at least 10 members from any school in Qatar can enter the competition by registering their name until April 24 with Aspire, with the competition taking place on April 28 and April 29 in front of judges.

Each team must create and decorate kites following specific guidelines. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winning teams, with first place winning QR30,000, second place QR20,000 and third place QR10,000.

For more details on all three competitions, see here.

Do you plan to check the festival out? Thoughts?

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Qarar zombie film

From off-roading action to checking out the latest car innovations to scary movie screenings and a Latin American festival, there’s plenty going on around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Horror movie screenings

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will screen a series of horror/thriller films at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium starting tomorrow, April 20.

Titled Our Creators of Horror, the series is aimed to celebrate “the craft of eclectic filmmakers who have redefined the genre.”

Doha Film Institute

Psycho

This weekend’s screening include: Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock (Thursday, 7:30pm); Jumanji by Joe Johnston (Friday, 3pm); Vampyr by Carl Theodor Dreyer (Saturday, 7:30pm); and The Orphanage by J.A. Bayona (Friday, 7:30pm).

The series will also feature a Made in Qatar program that includes four films made by Qatari nationals and residents, which will be screened consecutively on Friday starting at 5:30pm.

Tickets per screening cost QR35/person. However, those interested in attending all or most screenings can buy a “ticket package” for QR100, which grants buyers one ticket to each screening in the Creators of Horror film series. Visit DFI’s page for more information.

Qatar Motor Show

More than 21 automotive brands, including gleaming concept cars, new releases and bikes are showcasing their latest innovations and technology at the eighth annual Qatar Motor Show starting today.

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Qatar Motor Show 2015

The event, which will run until Apr. 22 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in West Bay, is showcasing its from 4 to 10pm on Thursday and Sunday, from 1 to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 8pm on Monday.

Skyline Automotive, Hyundai’s official distributor, will be also be unveiling a new hybrid car – currently rated as the top performing in the segment – that will be coming to Qatar for the first time.

Interested visitors are requested to register for free online here. For more information, visit the event’s website here.

Snow and balloons at DFC

Though it’s ski slope isn’t yet open, Doha Festival City has introduced a monthlong set of attractions for children 5-12 years old.

Its Winter Wonderland event features two snow zones and will run from April 20 to May 20. Play is open from 4pm to 10pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 1pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Larry Moss balloon sculpture

In another offering, renowned artist Larry Moss will create sculptures made out of thousands of latex balloons over a period of nine days. Moss is known for incorporating literary, art and pop culture references into his work. Up to 40,000 balloons will be used by him and his team to create the installations.

They will be on display until May 20, and live sculpting will take place from 3pm to 9pm daily.

Roots

Head over to Katara this weekend to explore some of the sights and sounds of Latin American culture at the newly launched festival Roots.

The festival, which began yesterday and will run until April 22, features exhibitions and daily evening performances by musicians and dancers from Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and Cuba. 

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Roots festival flyer

All performances commence at 7:30pm each night and are staged in Katara’s Drama Theatre.

The event is free and open to all. However, those who wish to attend will need to register here, and children under seven years old are not allowed. For more information about the festival and registration, visit Katara’s website. 

Cross Country Rally

Round four of the 2017 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup and round two of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship will run until Saturday, April 22 at Sealine Beach.

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Sealine Rally

A route of nearly 2,000km will take competitors to the outermost reaches of Qatar in a dusty and sandy trail laid by officials at the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF).

When the rally concludes on Saturday, there will be a prize-giving ceremony at the Losail International Circuit starting at 6:30pm. There will also be a show of motorbike stunts and a car exhibition from Mawater. More information on the rally schedule and route can be found online.

World Anaqa Show

Fashion enthusiasts looking to revel in the latest trends should head over to Katara’s Multipurpose Hall in Building 15 starting today.

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The World Anaqa Show, which will open today starting 5:30pm, will be showcasing some of the most renowned local and international brands for men, women and kids.

The event is on daily from 10am to 10pm until Monday, April 24. A fashion show will take place between 6pm and 7pm daily, except for Thursday.

For more information, check out the event’s website.

Desert cleanup

A new environmental awareness group is organizing a desert clean-up this Friday from 9am to 10am, and is seeking volunteers to help.

The cleanup by Silent Volunteers will take place at Qatar’s Singing Sand Dunes, located approximately 40 km southwest of Doha.

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Large garbage bags, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own sand mats, sun screen, hats and toys for children.

Participants are requested to confirm their attendance on Facebook or by email at [email protected]

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?