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Dancing from three continents are on offer in Qatar this weekend, along with craft markets, a designer abaya sale and the world premiere of a new musical piece by Rami Khalife.

Here are our picks for what to do over the next few days:

Spanish fiesta

Spanish food, music and dancing are all on offer at the W Doha hotel this weekend. Tickets are sold out for the event on Thursday, May 29, but some are still available for Friday, May 30. The fiesta runs from 8pm to 1:30am, and there will be a Spanish Tapas buffet, a performance from the Spanish band “Calle Botica,” and a master class given by flamenco dancers.

A raffle will be held during the evening, with prizes including stays at the W, a trip to Spain and dinners for two at the hotel. Female guests are also encouraged to dress in traditional Flamenco costume – the best dressed will win a prize.

Tickets are QR200/person and can be purchased online. Only adults over the age of 21 will be admitted. For groups of more than 20 people, a special ticket of QR180 per person will apply, which will need to booked through [email protected] To find out more, check out this Facebook page.

Argentine tango festival

Keeping with the dancing theme, the Intercontinental Doha the City will stage an Argentine Tango Festival on Saturday, May 31 at its Al Jawhara Ballroom, from 8pm to midnight.

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Tickets are priced at QR200 per person, and include a gala dinner, live music by the Doha Community orchestra and 10 performances by tango dancers from Greece, Argentina and France.

Tickets are available online here and here.  Only adults aged 21 and above will be admitted. Guests are advised to “dress to impress.”

Bazaar of Hope

The Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) will hold a handicraft exhibition at the Souq Waqif Art Center from Thursday, May 29 to Saturday, May 31 from 8:30am to 9:30pm.

Collections on display include artwork produced by Syrian women in the Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan. All money raised will help generate funds for the women and their families. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Bus 174

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will screen Brazilian film Bus 174 at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 at 7pm.

This 122-minute film, directed by Jose Padilha, is part of the Years of Culture Brazilian film showcase.

Subtitled in English, it portrays the real-life story of 21-year-old Sandro do Nascimento, who took an entire commuter bus hostage in June 2000.

Tickets cost QR35 each and can be bought online here. The film is open only to those aged 18 years and above due to mature subject matter.

Designer fashion

The “Laha Trunk Show,” a ladies-only event, will be held at the Torch ballroom today and tomorrow (May 30) from 11am to 10pm. Here, you’ll find luxurious abayas and jalabiyas along with accessories and handbags on sale.

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Design Creationz

The exhibition features 14 designers from the Gulf and one designer from Europe, including Ashghal Kuwaitia, Samar Secret Abaya, Amina Al Jassim, Agmarat, and Joli Design.

Qatar Red Crescent Ladies Forum will also be debuting at the Laha Trunk show by selling handmade bracelets made by Palestinian women and handcrafted date boxes made by Syrian women to raise money for their cause. Admission is free of charge.

Bonus:

  • Indian Ballet: Danseuse Mamata Shankar and her 16-member troupe will perform Classical Contemporary dance at the DPS-MIS auditorium on Friday, May 30 at 6pm. Multi-lingual singer Raghav Chatterjee will also person. To buy tickets, contact 55865042 or 33242318. More information about the event can be found here.
  • Watren Moda: This event, which aims to increase awareness of Qatari culture, will be held on Friday, May 30 from 4pm to 10pm at the Katara South Village, beach side. It will include dhow exhibits, henna designing, a fashion show of traditional dresses, and an exhibition of cultural souvenirs. Tickets are available from Stenden University and at the gate, and are priced at QR20 for adults and QR10 for kids. An additional QR10 credit will be provided toward food bought on site. For more information, contact [email protected].
  •  Aqua Park weekend fun: A pirate-themed party for kids will take place at the Aqua Park Qatar from 10am to 10pm on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, as a respite from the summer heat. Tickets are priced at QR115 for adults and can purchased at the gate or online. Kids under three go free. For more information, contact [email protected].
  • ‘The Zone’ by Rami Khalife: The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing a world premiere of a new work by Rami Khalife, The Zone, on Saturday, May 31 at the Katara Opera House from 7:30 pm.  The concert will also feature Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor.  Tickets are priced between QR75- QR200 and can be purchased here.
  • Wadi El Safi Concert: The Qatar Music Academy’s Arab Music Department will perform songs by legendary Lebanese composer Wadi el Safi on Saturday, May 31 from 5pm to 6:30pm in Auditorium 3 at the Qatar National Convention Center. The event is free for all, and children are welcome. Doors will open at 4:45 pm and seating is based on first come, first serve basis. For more information, see here.
  • Al Thakira Mangrove Clean-up Campaign reminder: If you’ve registered for the mangrove clean-up campaign organized by I Love Qatar, don’t forget to arrive at the petrol station on the way to Al Khor at 7am sharp on Friday, May 30. Registered volunteers are requested to bring their own hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and a towel. Please note that registrations for the event are now closed. To find out more, check out the Facebook page.

What are you up to this weekend? Thoughts?

Meteor shower

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It might be heating up outside, but there’s still plenty to do this weekend if you know where to look – there’s lots of sport on offer, and some musical treats, too. Here are our picks:

New Camelopardalis meteor shower

A new celestial show is expecting to peak this weekend, as Earth moves through a debris stream of comet 209/LINEAR. NASA has said the shower has never before seen before, but estimates the shower could produce 100 to 400 meters an hour, or even turn into a storm of 1,000 meteors an hour.

The best times to view it are at night in northern America, which is morning in Qatar. However, Jassim Lari, co-founder of the Qatar Astronomy Club, told Doha News that the shower should be visible here at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, in dark areas like Zekreet, Al Shamal and Al Kharrara. Lari added:

“Astronomers around the world believe it will be something new and unique. The radiant of the Meteor Storm is in the constellation of Camelopardalis. If you are new to Astronomy try to use any astronomical application on you cell phone to assist you locating the constellation.”

Asian Five Nations Rugby

The finals for the Division 2 tournament of the Asian 5 Nations competition will be played out at Al Arabi stadium on Friday, May 23 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

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Qatar Rugby Federation

Qatar’s national team will face Malaysia in the final, having already beaten Thailand, China and Guam in the heats. The winners on Friday will retain their Division 2 spot, along with the relegated teams of Division 1, while the bottom two teams will be relegated to Division 3 in 2015.

The five-tier competition encompasses 28 Asian Rugby Football member unions, who are all competing to reach the Top 5 and win the title, before advancing to the Rugby World Cup.

Qatar has been regarded as one of Asia’s fastest rising teams, having won Division 4 and Division 3 over the past four seasons. Admission is free of charge. More information can be found here.

Guitar concert

Argentinian guitar duo “Escordando” – musicians Jorge Palacios and Jorge Martí – will perform at the Katara Drama Theater on Thursday, May 22 from 7:30pm to 10pm.

The concert is part of celebrations for Argentine National Day, which is on Sunday, May 25.

The program will feature compositions by well-known Latin-American composers such as Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer, Remo Pignoni and Sergio Assad, among others.

Tickets cost QR50/each and can be purchased online from Virgin Megastores.

Qatar Philharmonic concert

Mussorgsky’s immensely popular piece “Pictures at an Exhibition” will be performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Katara Opera house on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30pm.

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Qatar Philharmonic / Facebook

The QPO’s music director, Han-Na Chang, will conduct a program which will also include compositions by Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No.1, and Peer Gynt Suite No.2.

Tickets are priced between QR 75 to Qr 200 and can be purchased online from the Virgin Megastore.

Champions League Final broadcast

Football fans still seeking a good spot to watch the Champions League Final on TV this weekend can head to the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, May 24 at 9:45pm.

The Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid match will be screened on the hotel’s garden terrace, where food and drinks will be served to fans. Entry is free, and there are seats still available.

Although a minimum age isn’t specified, football lovers over 21 years are preferred due to the presence of alcohol at the venue. For reservations, contact the concierge on 4494 8013.

Bonus:

  • Qatar National Library “Scopus” Session: Continuing its series of training sessions that make use of the free online databases available on the library’s website, QNL will be hosting a Scopus session on Thursday, May 22 from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Computer Laboratory, B014A, LAS building of Qatar Foundation. Admission is free, but only limited seats are available. RSVP to [email protected]
  • QALCO Football Championship: The final of the Football Five’s World Championship (F5WC) will be held on Friday, May 23 at the Aspire Zone from 4 pm to 9:15 pm. Organized by Legacy Sports and Events, the F5WC is a 5-a-side football tournament that provides a platform for talented amateur players to showcase their skills to professional football clubs. The winning team will get a chance to fly to Dubai in June to compete with 31 other teams for the World Championship. Entry is free.
  • Qatar Business Incubation Center Demo Day: On Sunday, entrepreneurs in Qatar will have a chance to pitch for the QBIC’s support for their fledgling businesses. Help on offer includes office space, industrial workshops, and administrative, technical and financial support. The event, which will be held at QBIC’s facility in the New Industrial Area, is open to the public. For more information and registration go here.

Anything that we’ve missed? Let us know.

friday!

Sufined/Flickr

Ok, this photo is technically called Mokhsa|Zekreet, but it just reminded us of how we all feel about weekends. Sufined dropped it into our Flickr pool, which is teeming with many other amazing shots taken by Qatar residents.

What are your plans this weekend? Enjoy!