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From a World Cup qualifier match to concerts to a gymnastics competition and a spring fair, there’s lots going on around Qatar over the next few days.

Here are our picks:

Qatar vs. Iran

The highly-anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Asian Qualifiers match between Qatar and Iran is tomorrow (March 23) at 7pm at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (Al Sadd Sports Club).

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Qatar National Team

Match tickets will only be sold at the venue itself and go on sale starting tomorrow at 4pm. They cost QR50 for category 1 and 2 tickets, and QR100/each for VIP.

The ticket booth will be located near the VIP and general spectators’ parking outside the general spectators’ entrance.

Access to the VIP section will be through gates 1 and 10. Qatar fans can enter from gates 4 to 9, while Iran fans can enter through gate 2. A dedicated family section is also available that can be accessed through gate 3.

The venue gates will open at 4pm and stadium gates will open at 5pm. A Fan Zone will also be located near the general spectators’ parking and will open its doors to the public from 4pm to 6:30pm.

Artistic Gymnastics

The 10th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Series will kick off in Doha today, March 22, and run until Saturday, March 25.

The international event has attracted more than 120 gymnasts from some 30 countries to compete for US$50,000 in prize money.

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The competitions are taking place at the Aspire Dome and run from 4:30pm to 7:30pm on all days.

Tickets can be purchased online and are free during today and and Thursday’s qualifying events. Prices on Friday and Saturday range from QR30 to QR100 per person. Children under the age of six years old are free.

Visit Doha Gym’s website for more information.

MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar

The highly anticipated 2017 MotoGP Championships will hold its first grand prix of the season this weekend at the Losail International Circuit.

The event starts on Thursday, March 23 and runs until Sunday, March 26.

Losail International Circuit


Riders across the three motor racing classes (Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP) will all take part in various events held over the four-day long prix, with finals slated for 6pm, 7:20pm, and 9pm respectively on March 26. A more detailed schedule can be found here.

Regular grandstand tickets for the weekend cost QR200/person.

VIP village tickets that grant attendees access to a hospitality area above the pit garages, a gourmet dinner, a paddock tour and a pit lane walk cost QR2,550 for one day and QR3,250 for two days. All tickets can be purchased online.

Esrar Race

Qatar’s first obstacle race, which has so far attracted over 500 participants, will take place at Aspire Park this Saturday, March 25 starting at 7am.

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The race will feature Qatar’s Olympics champion Mutaz Barshim and include more than ten custom-built obstacles ranging from monkey bars, high wall jumps (6 and 8ft), high wall climbs, sandbag lifting, a vertical cargo net, and a balance beam, among others.

The race is open to women and men who are 18 years and older. A registration fee of QR365 is required and can be paid online.

Les Portageux concert

French-Canadian folk band Les Portageux will be performing in town this Friday at Katara’s Drama Theater in Building 16.

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Les Portageux

Hailing from Quebec, the band name was chosen as a tribute to the lumberjacks who risked their lives chopping wood and floating timber on dangerous rivers.

Using various instruments including the banjo, guitar and violin, the band aims to recreate music from before radio and television, when people came together to sing in the evenings.

The concert will run from 7pm to 8:30pm and is free and open to all. However, registration is required and can be done here. Children below 10 years old will not be allowed entry.

Caribbean concert

In the mood for some Caribbean music? Head over to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Doha this weekend a Caribbean concert hosted as part of the Voyage en Francophonie.

Singer Ymelda Marie Louise will be performing on the Ritz-Carlton’s Garden stage alongside musicians from the Qatar Music Academy.

The event will take place both tonight and tomorrow (Mar. 22 and 23) starting at 7:50pm.

Entrance is free, but seats are limited.

Friends of DBS spring fair

The Doha British School (DBS) is having a spring fair this Saturday, March 25 from 10am to 2pm.

Several activities are planned for the event, including raffles, silent auctions, bouncy castles, henna and face painting, a bake off and a barbecue.

The event is open to all and cost QR5 per person, but free for kids under age of two years old.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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QIFF 2014

This year’s Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) has moved to a new venue, but will still retain many of its usual offerings, officials confirmed this week.

For the first time, the annual event be held at the Hotel Park on the Corniche, from March 29 to April 8.

Previously, few details were available about the upcoming event. But more information was shared by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) yesterday.

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Qatar International Food Festival

Perhaps most importantly to some, the QTA confirmed that fireworks shows will indeed be held each night at 8pm.

There will also be food trucks and Dinner in the Sky, as well as a live cooking theater from 5pm to 9pm daily.

The new venue means parking should be a bit easier than in previous years, as there is an underground pay-for-parking garage with spaces for 2,500 vehicles onsite.

What’s different

Besides the move from the MIA Park, this year’s festival has a few other new features.

For example, Qatar’s 2017 Year of Culture partner Germany won’t have a special pavilion to itself.

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Instead, it will showcase its cuisine and entertainment at a “Cultural Zone” that includes nine other embassies, such as Ethiopia, Mexico, the Philippines, the US and Qatar, among others.

Another new addition includes a garden picnic where families can buy a basket, collect a blanket and sit on the grass to eat their meals.

Food-related movies will also be screened outdoors from 9pm to 10pm, courtesy of the Doha Film Institute and Qatar Foundation.

And as previously announced, set menus will also be on offer from March 23 to April 8. Visitors can purchase at least three items for QR59, QR99, QR139 and QR179.

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2016 Qatar International Food Festival

Meanwhile, kiosks, food trucks and stalls will continue to sell small bites for QR5 to QR35 a dish.

And to avoid wastage, unsold and “untouched” food will be given to Eid Charity to distribute to those in need.

The festival will go from 2pm to 10pm on weekdays and from 2pm to 11pm on weekends until April 8.

Who’s excited? Thoughts?


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From a new circus to concerts to a 24-hour bike race and a scavenger hunt, there’s a lot of stuff on offer around Qatar this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Cirque Du Royal

A new circus show featuring performers from around the world will debut at the Magical Festival Village in Katara this weekend.

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Cirque Du Royal

The show opens tonight and runs for six weeks (through April 29) at the events hall. It includes “trapeze thrills,” the “Wheel of Death” and famous clowns as well.

On weekdays, the family-friendly show will be held at 6:30pm, and on weekends there are 4pm and 7pm timings. Tickets cost QR75 to QR250/person and can be bought online via Virgin Megastores.

Bryan Adams concert

Multi-platinum songwriter and record producer Bryan Adams will return to the stage in Doha tonight at the city’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The 56-year-old Canadian star will perform at the beachside venue starting at 8:30pm, although doors open 6pm.

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Bryan Adams

According to organizers, apart from his well-loved tracks, the concert will feature some of Adams’s latest songs from his newest album. These include You Belong To Me and Brand New Day.

Tickets cost QR300 per person for General seating (but are sold out), and QR500 for the Fan Pit. They can be purchased here.

Only those 21 years old and over are allowed entry. Passports/ID are required.

MIA exhibition

A new exhibition that features artifacts including carpets, manuscripts, metalwork and ceramics exchanged among major dynasties is now open at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).

Under the name Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India, the exhibition showcases the works of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires, all of which marked the beginning of the early modern period in Islamic art.

Aside from the exhibition, educational programs, workshops, activities and events are being organized, including carpet weaving workshops, among others. More information is here.

The exhibition will run until Nov. 4. The MIA is open on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10:30am to 5:30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 8pm; Friday from 2pm to 8pm; and is closed Tuesdays.

Hani Mitwasi concert

Renowned Jordanian singer Hani Mitwasi will perform in Qatar for the first time this Thursday, March 16, at the Sheraton Grand Doha’s Backyard.

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Hani Mitwasi

Mitwasi is known to have developed the “Spanish-Levant” music genre, whereby his songs incorporate a mix of Arabic, Spanish and Flamenco music.

The concert, which is hosted by Nagham, will start at 8pm and run until 2am. The Lebanese Brothers and DJ Baz will take the stage prior to Mitwasi’s appearance.

Tickets cost QR150 per person and include a beverage. They can be purchased online or at the Sheraton Grand’s lobby desk.

Only those 21 years old and over are allowed entry. Passports/ID are required.

24-hour mountain bike race

The country’s first ever 24-hour mountain bike desert challenge will kick off this Friday, March 17 starting at 1pm at a private farm in Umm Jurn.

The one-day marathon is open to both amateur and pro riders with races scheduled in four classes, according to organizers Rasen Sports.

Those who wish to register for the race can head to Umm Jurn in the morning or can do so online.

Registration costs QR150 per person prior to the race, but QR200 on the day of the race. Registration for two people costs QR250, and QR300 on the day of the race. For a team of four, the price is QR400 and QR600 on the day of the race.

For children 12 and below, tickets cost QR30 before the race and QR50 on the day of.

Each rider must complete a minimum of three laps. The one with the highest number of laps completed in the 24-hour period will be declared the winner.

Catering, snacks, beverages (both hot and cold) and toilets will be installed along the 11-km course.

Cityscape Qatar 2017

Head over to the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) to catch a final glimpse of the sixth edition of the country’s largest ever real-estate show.

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The annual Cityscape Qatar exhibits some of the latest developments and trends in the real-estate arena of the local market.

This year’s exhibition features 85 leading companies. Although today is the last day of the exhibition, it will be open to the public until 10pm.

Souq scavenger hunt

Local eco-tourism company 365 Adventures – Qatar is hosting a scavenger hunt at Souq Waqif this Friday from 4pm to 7pm.

As with all scavenger hunts, competitors will search for clues with riddles on them and locate their stop with the provided riddle.

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Souq Waqif

Volunteers will also be scattered in various locations of the souq to guide the player/teams.

Prizes will include safari trips for six, free vouchers for other upcoming 365 Adventures events and kayaking at the mangroves.

Tickets cost QR70 per person, QR180 for groups of three and QR300 for groups of five, all of which can be purchased here.


  • St. Patrick’s Day: Spread the Irish cheer this Friday at the Sheraton Grand Doha’s Backyard where Irish pop/rock band The Enemies will be performing starting 9pm. Tickets cost QR100 for men and QR65 for ladies, but entry for ladies is free before 8:30pm. More information here. Other festivities are happening at several hotels around town, including Oryx Rotana, Intercontinental Doha, Sharq Village and Spa, and The Westin. Check out Marhaba’s guide for more information.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?