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The Chehade Brothers

From checking out a Chehade Brothers concert to a Wizard of Oz show to (quietly) cheering on your favorite athlete at a women’s tennis tournament, there’s lots to do around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Chehade Brothers concert

Award-winning Palestinian-Lebanese duo The Chehade Brothers will be in town for a concert this weekend at the W Doha Hotel.

The Chehade Brothers are known for putting a twist on classical Arabic songs and play musical instruments ranging from the melodic oud, bouzok, kanoun, kamanjeh and nay to the rhythmic tabla, katem and riq.

The duo will perform at the W’s Great Room on Thursday, Feb. 16 starting at 8pm. An entrance fee of QR650 per person is required and includes a four-course dinner.

For reservations, email or call 44535135.

Women’s tennis

Some of the best tennis players in the world are in town this week to compete in the 2017 Qatar Total Open, which opened on Monday.

The 15th edition of the tournament runs from Feb. 13 to 18 and includes former World No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

So far, the event has had a rough start, after Tuesday’s matches were canceled due to rainy conditions.

For those willing to take their chances, tickets are still on sale for the tournament, which is being held at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex. They start at QR25 and go up to QR350 per person.

Wizard of Oz show

Head to Katara’s souq-themed recreational area Magical Festival Village for a Wizard of Oz show this weekend. The shows start tomorrow, Feb. 16 and run through Monday, Feb. 20.

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It will take place at the festival’s Teatro, located on Katara’s beachfront.

Shows will be held from 7pm to 9pm. Organizers have said that the show will feature a virtual 3D display, but no special glasses will be needed.

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

Karting and mini moto

This weekend, Losail Sports Club will offer 15-minute karting sessions from 5 to 10pm on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17.

The sessions are open to anyone over the age of 15, but those under 18 years old will need a signed permission form from a legal guardian.

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Outdoor karting at Losail

Tickets cost QR100 per karting session and are available at the venue. An additional non-refundable QR15 is required to purchase a helmet mask.

Participants interested in mini moto (which also runs on a separate track from 5pm to 10pm) should bring their own bikes and safety equipment.

This is the last time in February that the sessions will be held. They will return starting March 2. More information can be found on the club’s website. 

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 6:30pm.

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.

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Tickets cost QR170 per person if paid in cash and QR160 if paid online. For children between the ages of five and 12, tickets cost QR150, and QR100 for children under five years old.

Those who wish to pay in cash should send their full names, email addresses, the number of participants (including adults and children) and their local phone number to either 6698 3357 or 7008 6008.

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, check out the event’s Facebook page.

QPO concert

On Friday, Feb. 17, the Qatar Philharmonic will play Beethoven’s first Piano Concerto at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).


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The concert will be conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko, and starts at 7:30pm, although seating takes place 20 minutes earlier. Children below the age of six will not be allowed in the opera house.

Ticket price range between QR125 and QR175 per person, and can be purchased here.


  • Career guidance seminar: The Qatar Career Development Center is hosting a seminar on Thursday, Feb. 16 that features career guidance experts who will be available for networking and answering questions on career-planning, development strategies, implementation of education and employment. The seminar is free and open to all and will run from 9am to 11am at Education City’s HBKU Student Center.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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2016 Al Khor Fly-In

There’s no room for boredom this weekend, as lots of events are planned around town, including free film screenings, a concert, an Alice in Wonderland show and dozens of planes on display at the annual Al Khor Fly-In.

Here are our picks:

Al Khor Fly-In

Formation flying, aerobatic and parameter shows, along with gyrocopter and light aircraft shows are among the upcoming highlights of the tenth annual Al Khor Fly-In.

The event will be held on Feb. 10 and 11, from 8am until 5pm at the Al Khor Air Field. The venue is located 31km north of Doha on the east side of the Al Khor Coastal Road.

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2016 Al Khor Fly-In

The free public event, which is being organized by the Civil Aviation Authority and Qatar Flying Club, will also feature children’s entertainment, heritage activities and food outlets.

For more information, call 4457 1491.

German film week

As part of the sixth annual year of culture in Qatar, the Doha Film Institute (DFI) is currently screening what it called a “compelling showcase” of German films by master filmmakers.

The last three screenings will take place over the next three days (Wednesday to Friday) at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium.

These include Fitzcarraldo (1982) by Werner Herzog, The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) by Lotte Reiniger and Carl Koch, and Hördur –Zwischen den Welten (2015) by Ekrem Ergün.

Doha Film Institute


Tonight and tomorrow’s screenings will begin at 8pm, while Friday’s screening will begin at 5pm.

All screenings are free and tickets can be reserved online, or in person at the DFI Box Office at the MIA.

Alice in Wonderland show

Head over to Katara’s souq-themed recreational area Magical Festival Village for an Alice in Wonderland show this weekend from tonight through Friday, Feb. 10.

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The show will take place at the festival’s Teatro, located on Katara’s beachfront.

Shows will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Organizers have said that the show will feature a virtual 3D display, but no special glasses will be needed.

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

Leningrad Symphony

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) will hold a concert on Saturday at the Katara Opera House.

This weekend’s symphony will be the Leningrad Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60, which was popularized in both the Soviet Union and the West.

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

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Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The piece became a symbol of resistance to Nazi totalitarianism and was also considered to be a major musical testament to the estimated 25 million Soviet citizens who died in World War II.

The concert begins at 7:30pm, although seating takes place 20 minutes earlier. Children below the age of six will not be allowed in the opera house.

Ticket price range between QR75 and QR200 per person, and can be purchased here.

QatArt market

Qatar’s handmade community will once again showcase their creations at the QatArt pop up bazaar on Friday, Feb. 10.

QatArt Market

QatART market

The bazaar features products of all sorts, including paintings, home decor, assorted jewelry, trinkets, cushions, frames, quilts, soaps, dolls, baby clothes and greeting cards, among others.

The event is free and open to all and will take place at the Katara Art Studio in Building 19 from 3pm to 8pm.


  • Free medical care: The Pakistan Professionals Forum Qatar is hosting a free medical camp on Friday, Feb. 10 from 8am to 3pm at Gate 3 of Labor City, opposite Grand Mall, in the Industrial Area. The clinic will include ENT, optical, dental, gynecological, pediatric and emergency treatments. More information can be found by calling 66205366 or 55810621.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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Fireworks at Qatar Shopping Festival earlier this month.

From comedy shows to fireworks to a Broadway musical, celebrating German culture and singing karaoke, there’s a lot going on around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Cats The Musical

The “greatest musical in the world” will debut in Qatar tonight, Feb. 1.

Broadway musical Cats runs daily until Feb. 4 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). The award-winning show includes a mix of songs, dance and verse.



Performances will be held at 7:30pm each night through Saturday. There is also a 2:30pm show on Friday and Saturday.

Ticket prices start at QR150 and go up to QR2,000, and a buy one, get one free offer is available for certain shows using the promo code CatsDoha2for1. They can be purchased online or at Virgin Megastores across Qatar.

Doors open 30 minutes before and the show starts promptly at advertised time. It is family friendly, but babies under two years old are not allowed.

Fireworks and food trucks return

The Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is closing out the Shop Qatar festival by bringing back outdoor festivities this weekend from Feb. 2 to 4.


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There will be at least 10 food trucks set up along the Corniche from 4pm onwards, and a fireworks display at the Sheraton Doha Park at 8pm.

Additionally, four daily screenings of Siraj, Qatar Foundation’s new 3D animation “edutainment” TV series (6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm) will be on at the park each day.

Doha Comedy Festival

Also part of Shop Qatar, the Doha Comedy Festival will take place this weekend at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) starting Feb. 2.

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Comedian Trevor Noah

Fifteen comedians will take the stage over three nights, including Arabic-speaking comedians Nemr, Wonho Chung and Mohanad Al-Hattab, Bader Saleh, Ahmad Al-Shammari and Bashar Al-Jazzaf.

The final night of the shows, which features famous South African comedian Trevor Noah, is sold out.

But the two Arabic-language comedy shows on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 still have some tickets available.

They cost QR120 to QR495 per person and can be bought at Virgin Megastore outlets and online here. The shows are for those 13 years and older.

Souq festivals

Head over to Souq Waqif this weekend to check out the annual Spring Festival from 4pm to 10:30pm everyday.

This year’s attractions include cultural performances, a dolphin show, amusement rides for children, and musical parades, among others.

Another offering includes Kingdom of Snakes, a play that tells the story of a princess who gets kidnapped by a villain.

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Souq Waqif spring festival

The show will be showcased at the Al Rayyan Theater and runs until the end of the festival, which will run through Feb. 3. Regular tickets cost QR70 and QR100, while VIP tickets cost QR250.

A separate “Kids Show” will also be hosted at the Abdul Aziz Nasser Theatre at Mirqab Hotel until Feb. 2.

Meanwhile, Souq Al Wakrah is also hosting a Spring Festival that runs through Feb. 13. The festival includes family entertainment and games for children.

Qatar, Germany Year of Culture

Qatar’s new Year of Culture with Germany kicks off with a concert by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) at the Katara Opera House tonight at 6pm.

The concert will feature four movements from the “Doha Secrets” symphony. These will be performed by a number of Qatari artists, including Wael bin Ali, Dana al Fardan and Haamed Hussein al Naama.

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Dana Al Fardan

The orchestra will be conducted by German Conductor David Neimann.

Tickets are sold out for tonight, but are still available for tomorrow’s show and can be purchased here. Prices range between QR75 and QR100 per person.

More than a dozen events will be held as part of the Year of Culture in the coming months, including a friendly football match as well as art and photography exhibitions

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information on the orchestra.

Mendelssohn Octet for Strings

Another concert by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) is happening this weekend, except this one is for free.


Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The concert will take place the Museum of Islamic at 6pm on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Mendelssohn Octet for Strings will feature eight different artists playing chamber music, with instruments including the violin, the viola, the cello and a double bass.

For more information, check out QPO’s website.

Dune bashing and karaoke

Local ecotourism company 365 Adventures will host two events this weekend, including a karaoke cruise and desert trip.

Thursday’s event will feature a karaoke cruise from 7pm to 10pm. Participants will meet at the Dhow Harbor at 7pm and head out from there. Barbecue will be served and attendees can bring their own shishas.

Tickets cost QR140 for card payments and QR150 for cash payments.

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Dune bashing

Friday’s event will feature a five-hour desert trip that will include dune bashing, swimming, sunset-watching and stunts at Doha’s Inland Sea.

Pick up and drop off services from/at Hardee’s at the Old Airport will be provided. Groups of six can request a car to their location.

Tickets cost QR150 for card payments and QR160 for cash payments.

Those who wish to pay in cash must send in their full names, email addresses, number of adults and kids, the name of the event and their local phone numbers to either 6698 3357 or 7008 6008.


  • Dugongs of Qatar talk: The Qatar Natural History Group is hosting a lecture on dugongs at the Doha English Speaking School (DESS) tonight at 7pm. Dr. Christopher Warren of ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) will be giving the talk and sharing his research with attendees. Refreshments will be served at 6:30pm. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session. More information here.
  • Fashion show: Tomorrow, Feb. 2, 15 designers will present their work during a fashion show at Lagoona Mall’s Piazza. Bridal couture, abayas and ready-to-wear outfits are among the highlights. A red carpet event will be held before the show at 8pm, and all are invited to enjoy it all free of charge. However, children under the age of 12 are now allowed into the venue.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?