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Norvil & Josephine

Swallowing needle act

From a magic show to the reopening of the MIA Park Bazaar to an exhibition of German design and a pro-swimming competition, there’s lots going on around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Illusions and shadow dancing

Magic, illusions, acrobatics, singing and shadows will all feature in performances with variety act Norvil & Josephine and World of Shadows at the QNCC on Oct. 6 and 7.


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Highlights of the Norbert & Josephine performance include a flying table scene and contortions. Then, dancers will tell stories through shadows as their bodies become animals, cars and castles, in World of Shadows.

Shows are from 6pm until 8pm at the Al Mayassa theater in QNCC. Tickets cost from QR99 for silver to QR499 for diamond seats and can be bought through Virgin, online or in-store. Children over 6 years old are welcome.

German art

To mark the Qatar-Germany 2017 Year of Culture, two major exhibitions showcasing modern German art and design opened this week at Al Riwaq gallery and at Doha Fire Station.

Al Riwaq, which is near the Museum of Islamic Art, is hosting the Driven by German Design show with more than 400 objects, some of which are on public display for the first time.

Design concepts and pieces will be on show, representing architecture, graphic design, product design, fashion, furniture and car design by more than 30 German designers from 1945 to present day.

Among the highlights will be iconic cars including the Porsche 911 Turbo, Volkswagen Golf and Käfer.

In addition, there will be workshops and education activities.

Meanwhile, at the Doha Fire Station, more than 100 works by 27 of Germany’s most significant contemporary artists will be on display in German Encounters: contemporary masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection.

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German Encounters, at Doha Fire Station

The art, which will be on display in the region for the first time, includes pieces by Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter’s Capitalist Realism paintings.

Al Riwaq and the Doha Fire Station are open Saturday to Thursday, from 9am until 7pm, and Friday from 1:30pm until 7pm. Entry is free. German Designs runs until Jan. 14, 2018, while German Encounters is on until Jan. 20, 2018.

FINA swimming

Some of the world’s best swimmers will compete in the Qatar leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup on Oct. 4 and 5.


FINA swimming championships

This year, 12 swimmers will be competing for Qatar, including Olympic competitor Nada Arakji.

They will be taking part alongside more than 150 athletes from around the world, including South African multi-Olympic medalist Chad Le Clos. The event is being held at Hamad Aquatic Center near Villaggio Mall.

Sessions run from 10am to noon, and then from 6pm to 9pm. Standard tickets for each session are QR10/child and QR20/adult, while VIP tickets are QR50/100 and can be bought online through Q-Tickets, here.

MIA Park bazaar

The popular bazaar at MIA Park returns for a new season this weekend, with even more talented people selling cooked and baked treats as well as handicrafts, artwork and more.


MIA Park Bazaar

There will be a total of 250 stalls this year, 80 more than last year.

According to the MIA’s Facebook page, it opens on Friday, Oct. 6 from 2pm to 10pm, and Oct. 7 from noon to 8pm. Entry is free.

PAWS volunteer day

PAWS animal rescue shelter is hosting an orientation day to explain more  to potential new volunteers about the work it does for stray and abandoned animals in Qatar.


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The event, on Oct. 7, is open to all who are interested in giving some time to help furry friends in need.

The meet-up will be at 9am at Hyatt Plaza. Volunteers will then drive to the shelter, which is about 30 minutes away. Car pooling is possible. Pre-registration is required. To do this, and find out more, see here.

Classical concert

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will perform works from Austrian composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Bruckner at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) on Thursday.


Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The concert will feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C major and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E flat major.

The show starts at 7:30pm. It is suitable for children 6 years and over. Tickets cost from QR125 to QR175 and can be bought online here.

Prize grab

Qatar’s largest confetti dome is opening at Doha Festival City, giving visitors the chance to nab one of 1,000 prizes such as toys, restaurant vouchers or movie tickets if they catch a winning piece of paper.

Customers need to show a receipt worth QR200 or more from a store in the mall to enter the dome, which stands more than 6m high.

Doha Festival City

Family entertainment

The confetti dome is at the center court on the ground floor. It will be open from Oct. 5 to 14, daily from 3pm until 9pm. Children 5 years and over can enter.

Diversity festival

It’s that time of year again for Katara’s Cultural Diversity Festival, which will be held every Wednesday.

A Qatari folkloric group will open the event tonight at 7:30pm at the Amphitheatre, followed by a Palestinian folkloric show from 8:45pm to 9:30pm.

According to the Gulf Times, other countries that will be featured during the festivals include Lebanon, Algeria, Ethiopia, Togo, South Africa, China, South Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Chechnya, Turkey, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, the UK, Mexico, and Brazil.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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The weather’s finally cooling down a bit (hooray) and there are lots of ways to enjoy yourself outdoors this weekend.

From Qatar’s first football festival to outdoor zumba to an aerobatic display, here are our picks of what’s on.

Football festival

Football fans can head down to Hotel Park beside the Sheraton this weekend to enjoy Qatar’s first LaLiga Festival.

LaLiga Festival

Event flier

Billed as “a celebration of sports, food, entertainment and games,” the event, organized by Katara Hospitality and the Spanish Football League LaLiga, will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7.

The LaLiga fest includes Freestyle and 4×4 tournaments for fans (see here for details of how to enter), booths selling sports clothes and equipment and merchandise.

Foodies will also enjoy the opportunity to sample dishes from some of Doha’s finest hotels.

Entry is free, and the festival opens at 4pm from Sunday to Thursday, at 2pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday. It closes every night at 11pm.

Iranian art

The work of Iranian artist Morteza Atash-Panjeh will be on display at Katara daily until Sept. 30.


The exhibition will showcase Atash-Panjeh’s work

Atash-Panjeh specializes in Marquetry – creating designs and pictures out of wood.

Held in conjunction with the Iranian Embassy, the exhibition of 40 of his pieces will open from 8am – 8pm daily and it’s free to enter.

Aerial display

The world-renowned British Royal Air Force display team the Red Arrows will be flying high over the Corniche on Saturday, Sept. 30.

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2013 show by British aerobatics group the Red Arrows

The display will start at 4:30pm – and it’s likely to be very popular, so get there early to grab the best spot on the seafront.

The pilots last wowed crowds in Qatar with daring maneuvers and red, white and blue plumes of smoke in 2013. 

Sun, sea, and… Zumba

If you love sunsets, sailing and getting fit, tour operator 365 adventures have got you covered.

365 Adventures

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They’re organizing a Zumba cruise on Sept. 29 that includes a trip on a dhow, swimming in the sea, a sunset zumba session on Safliyah Island and a barbecue dinner, with karak.

The event costs QR165 per person, including dinner.

The cruise will set sail at 2pm on Friday and return to Doha at 7pm. There will be toilets and shower facilities onboard.

If you’d like to join, see here or send a Whatsapp message to Salman at 3339 3323 or Saif at 7008 6008.


If you like exercise but don’t fancy Zumba, there’s also kayaking with a side offering of African drumming.

Green Mangroves

The mangroves near Al Khor

As the weather gets cooler, kayaking experts Discover Arabia are taking groups out to explore a remote mangrove island this weekend.

All tours also include team-building games on the beach, African drumming and a barbecue set up under the stars.

The tours cost QR250 and take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this weekend.

To book, check out or call or WhatsApp Amine on 30233207.

What are your plans this weekend? Thoughts?

British Embassy in Qatar

Red Arrows in Qatar in 2013

Updated with timing of the performance

The world-famous Red Arrows will fly over Qatar’s Corniche on Sept. 30 at 4:30pm, the British Embassy in Doha has announced.

This will be the first time in four years that the Royal Air Force will perform in Qatar.

At that time, the UK had been trying to sell the fighter jets to the government.

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A Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon

But this upcoming visit comes shortly after Qatar agreed to buy 24 Typhoons from the UK, a deal worth billions of riyals.

The Red Arrows will also head to all the other Gulf countries in the coming weeks, to help show that the UK is “open for business” around the world, the nation’s defense minister previously said.