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Credits Reuters: Gale Monfils in Qatar Open 2018

Credits: Reuters

The spectators were impressed by the power play showcased by Gael Monfils into winning the Qatar Open Championship.

Just a year ago, Monfils, the French tennis player ranked number six in the world. He aimed to win the men’s end of season championships in London for the first time in 2017, but unfortunately could not make it up throughout 2017 due to varied aliments. He had to withdraw from six tournaments which caused a sudden drop in his ranking from six to forty-six.

Monfils was invited to the main draw, backed by his previous performances in, which he reached three finals. The potential was there but was recognized only when he gained ground against the highly talented Russian, Andrey Rublev, 6-2 6-3 in just over one hour.

It was quite evident that the field in Qatar Open 2018 lacked excitement with the absence of Djokovic, a major defender. The number one seeding has been handed to the world number five, Dominic Thiem, which may have been a key reason for pushing new tennis stars. The game could possibly have taken another turn provided Djokovic’s presence. However, the occurred chain of events proved favorable for Monfils who eventually bagged the title.

Monfils who arrived in Qatar after a four-month break due to a knee injury voiced “I had a very good year in 2016. I finished sixth and then couldn’t really defend my chances in 2017,” he said. “I had a long rest in order to come back strong in 2018.”

The break did not affect his performance which would have been a common speculation instead it turned out to have worked positively for the 31-year-old Monfils who mesmerized spectators with his extraordinary performance of awesome defense and rising offence. His counterpart in finals, Rublev, too acknowledged after the defeat that Monfils “was much fresher, moving much better than me, missing less,”.

The win at Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2018 certainly enhanced his morale as the player exclaimed after winning, “I like this tournament so much, you know,” he said after his win. “I always come back. And I was very close and finally get it. So, I’m just very happy and very proud.”

His fans now look forward to his performance at in the Australian Open in Melbourne next week. His big win at Qatar ExxonMobil has improved his ratings but he will still have no advantage of enjoying a seeding in Melbourne, as opposed to his counterpart in the finals, Rublev, who is expected to rise to at least 33 and be among the top 32 seeds at the first Grand Slam event of the season.

Monfils might be a little disheartened with the fact that he would be playing without being seeded in Melbourne, which as usual is an advantage in the Grand Slams.

Hopes for fans are high as they now look forward to seeing their favorite players strike again at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

It’s the first weekend of 2018, let’s begin it with enjoyment!

Trendy Thursdays at WAHM Lounge Presents Thomas Pasko

Date and Venue: 4 January 2018 to 5 January 2018 from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am onwards at WAHM Lounge.

Entry Fee: Free, contact 4453 5135 to make reservations.

A grand entry is a must for the first weekend of 2018. Begin the Thursday night of the year’s first weekend with freestyle dancing on the tunes of Thomas Pasko. To add up to the fun, resident DJs Eddie Ferrer & John Woods, too, will be jamming their exclusive DJ tunes at the WAHM Lounge.

Shop Qatar 2018: Head Back to the Festival of Offers!

Date and Venue: 7th January 2018 to 7th February 2018. The participating malls announced are, Doha Festival City, Lagoona mall, Tawar Mall, Esdan Mall, Mall of Qatar, Villagio, Gulf Mall, Dar Al- Salman Mall, City Centre, The Gate Mall, Alkhor Mall, Landmark and Hyatt Plaza.

Entry Fee: Free

The best union of shopping events is back in Qatar with amazing offers, events and deals. Apart from an amazing shopping experience of varied brands at discounted prices, there is a lot more you for you to make the visit enjoyable. To begin with, you can test your luck and see if you are among the 15 fortunate shoppers who win weekly passes to the festival. Along with, you also have the privileged opportunity of winning up to QAR 4 million in cash and car prizes. Just spending QAR 200 can fetch you a voucher for combined use at the multiple participating stores. Don’t miss your opportunity to shop and win!

Re-Connekt House Music at Crystal

Date and Venue: 5 January 2018 to 6 January 2018 from 09:00 pm to 02:00 am onwards at W Doha Hotel & Residences West Bay, Doha

Entry Fee: Paid, 50% off on sips from 9:00 pm-11:00 pm

Looking for a musical night with amazing tunes to dance on with your friends? Worry no more, Crystal presents you with best line up of House Music and sets the scene for an unforgettable affair by DJ Jared Mcculloch & Dj Grotask. Join the party this Friday night!

Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2018

Date and Venue: 2 January 2018 to 7 January 2018 from 10:00 am onwards at Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex

Entry Fee: 25 – 400QR, can be purchased online at www.bit.ly/QEOTickets

There is something for everyone and we mean it when we say it. Besides party animals, now even Tennis lovers have the opportunity to enjoy live matches of their favourite players. Qatar Tennis Federation is hosting Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2017, a part of the ATP World Tour 250 series.

You can witness some of the superstars like, Former World No.1 – Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, World No. 5 Dominic Thiem of Austria and Frenchman Jo-Welfried Tsonga World No. 15, dazzle as the best of tennis returns to Doha once again at the 2018 QatarExxonMobil Open.

This is certainly not an opportunity to be missed. This weekend watch your favourite tennis stars play live for you!

Baía dos Piratas at the Mall of Qatar

Date and Venue: 7 January 2018 to 20 January 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mall of Qatar

Entry Fee:  Free, for more information contact

Ph: 974 4034 6000

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.mallofqatar.com.qa/english/home

We promise you a fun-filled evening with your loved one and a few pirates who escaped and are now hiding. The Mall of Qatar where the pirates are hiding is, a pirate paradise, where everything is perfect and includes lots of sun, treasures and relaxation. But an old pirate, Captain Smith, who works for the Queen is on a hunt. Go join Captain Smith in the adventurous hunt for the Pirates Bay crew.

Aspire Winter Festival

Date and Venue: 7 January 2018 to 20 January 2018 from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Aspire Park

Entry Fee: Free

Aspire Park is welcoming visitors with a lot of surprizes. Go indulge in the lush greenery with several sports activities and enjoy an amazing outing with your friends and family this weekend. Rent from a variety of sports equipment like cycle, paddle boat, remote controlled cars, and much more, from the Aspire tent and get on with the fun. Some of the major attractions of the winter festival are Cycling, Boating, Remote control Car racing which can be run on a custom-made track especially designed by Aspire Zone Foundation for remote-control car racing. Meanwhile, football lovers are given specialised training on wonderful pitches. A complete package of entertainment awaits you – what are you waiting for?

Cultural Events at Katara

Date and Venue: Ongoing at Katara Cultural Village. For more information visit: http://www.katara.net/en/whats-on

Entry Fee: Free

If you are looking for a relaxed outing this weekend, join the cultural events at Katara Cultural Village. Enjoy mesmerizing events like, ‘Fragrances from Bulgaria’, ‘Architecture inspired by Nature’, ‘Traditional Handicrafts Program’, ‘Katara Heritage Operetta’ and enrich your senses.

 

National Day celebrations at Katara Cultural Village

Date and Venue: December 13 – 19 from 04:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Katara Cultural Village

Entry Free

Experience the sense of patriotism on National Day celebrations at Katara Cultural Village that is offering exciting array of cultural activities and artistic performances. The organisers promise first-of-its-kind events and activities, including performances by paratroopers, theatrical play by Qatari youth,  a mosaic painting of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, entertainment’ train, dancing’ fountain, stunning decorations and lots more.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of fun-filled gathering in ongoing celebrations.

Qatar National Day celebrations at The Pearl-Qatar

Date and Venue: December 15 to 18. Daily from 06:00 pm onwards at 6 & 7 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl

Entry Free

Qatar’s National day celebrations are in full swing with various activities lined up for the next few days. The Pearl is decorated in glitter and glory, displaying cultural symbols. Various recreation and social activities are planned attracting large number of visitors.

The four-day event will include Arabic-style tents serving dates and traditional coffee, dedicated spaces  for children to play and colour their faces with National Day-inspired designs, Mascots portraying traditional cartoon characters, falcons on display, Folkloric ‘Arda’ performances and henna drawing.  This is one of the most exciting times of the year and marks the beginning of celebrations that will last till the year end.

Driven by German Design Exhibition

Date and Venue: October 13 – 14 January 2018. Daily from 09:00am to 07:00pm, except Fridays – 01:30pm to 07:00 pm at Qatar Museums Gallery, Al Riwaq

 Entry free

Driven by German Design opened in October as part of the Qatar-German year of Culture, 2017. The exhibition is organised by Qatar Museums, German Embassy in Doha and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region.

The vast exhibition space was curated by renowned museum director, Prof. Dr. Martin Roth. It features marvellous sights of numerous design objects loaned from some of Germany’s most significant cultural institutions, such as the Vitra Design Museum, Neue Sammlung, Porsche Museum and Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt.

The exhibition highlights development of German designs since 1950, from diverse fields, including product and graphic design, architecture, furniture, fashion and automotive design, including some of the rare sight objects like iPhones, cameras and most iconic cars ever to have been designed. Porsche 911 Turbo, Volkswagen Golf and Käfer as a major attraction.

‘Design laboratory’ erases the difference between abstract and real, featuring interactive technologies and prototypes making victor’s experience all the more entertaining.

Exploring Expression by Fahad Al Obaidly

Date and Venue: December 16  – 16 January 2018. Daily from 09:00 am – 07:00 pm at W Doha Hotel & Residences

Entry Free

Abstract is an immediate relief from the realities we experience. It brings on a whole new world with no pre-defined discourse. If you are looking for such a line of flight, this may be your immediate choice. Set free your imagination with awakening vibrancy of colours by Fahad Al Obaidly, an artist who believes that art is a way to free world. He has put in efforts to underline ‘identity crises’ in his work. His art brings about his urge to portray the instability individuals face in the contemporary globalised arena that has taken away the sense of true self, alienating them even in a crowd.

Qatar Superstock 600 at Losail Circuit Sports Club

Date and Venue: December 15 – 16. From 09:00 am onwards at Losail Circuit Sports Club

Entry Free (for spectators)

If you are looking to increase the torque of your regular life, Qatar SuperStock 600 (QSTK600) is a perfect stop. The road racing championship organized by Qatar Motor Motorcycle Federation and Losail Circuit Sports Club is an exciting championship in which participants will use the best of their racing skills using one-make bike that will be used for the rest of the season. It will be a stocked 600cc bike.

This year, Qatar Superstock 600 Championship will have a new class QSTK Trophy that will be exclusively open to riders who achieve their best lap time of 2.09 minutes at the Losail International Circuit with a 600cc bike, or 2.07 minutes with a 1000cc bike, in five rounds. Join the thrill.

Car Stunt Show at Aspire Zone

Date and Venue: December 8 – 6 January.  Daily three shows: 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Aspire Zone, New Driving School Park.

Entry Fee: 100 QAR per person and children under 5 have free entry

This is a walk-in event showcasing thrilling stunts by experts and participants. If you are looking for an exciting show of technique and speed producing stimulating visions of man and machine, this is the place to be at.

Live Performance by Allan Pineda Lindo / Apl De Ap

 

Date and Venue: December 15 – 16 from 08:00 pm – 02:00 am at The St. Regis, Doha

Entry Fee: Regular -250 QAR and VIP -500 QAR

Performance by Allan Pineda Lindo, professionally known as Apl De Ap, is a Filipino-American musician, rapper, singer, and record producer. He is best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas.

Join the night to Hip and Hop on energetic tunes of world class DJ and striking performance by the Filipino- American singer.