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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (Dec. 23-26)

The rain forecast aside, there are several things to check out around town in the coming days, including a potluck picnic, an international chess tournament and two cultural festivals. Here are our picks.

Muslim American YouTube sensation Abu Muteb moves to Doha

Speaking to Doha News this week, the 25-year-old explained how he went from studying political science in Texas to spending three years working for a Saudi ministry to finally moving to Doha, where he hopes to remain until "old age."

A look inside Qatar’s new Shangri-La hotel (photos)

The 50-story building was designed as part of the third phase of City Center mall, and officially opened to the public yesterday. Six of the Shangri-La’s seven food and beverage outlets are now open, including the country’s first non-smoking piano bar.

Highlights of the 2015 Qatar National Day parade (photos)

Attendees began lining up for the 40-minute show as early as 5am – three hours before the main parade was scheduled to begin – to vie and cajole for coveted seats in one of a handful of stands, or for a courtside view behind barricades.

A peek into Harrods new luxe pop-up shop in Qatar (photos)

Items on sale include include a diamond necklace retailing for almost QR21 million; a Rolls Royce Phantom outfitted in the Qatari flag's colors and a diamond-encrusted Piaget watch worth QR1.6 million that comes with a free gift of a Maserati Quattroporte.

For local designers, Qatar National Day inspires new fashions (photos)

This year, offerings are blending contemporary Western styles with a local flair, as many weave images of the Emir, Father Emir, Sheikha Moza and numerous other local celebrities into their winter wear.

Beauty and the Beast dazzles Qatar audience on opening night

The production includes several of the Disney’s signature songs from the film, such as Beauty and the Beast and Be Our Guest, as well as more than a dozen original pieces composed specifically for the stage show.

Qatar National Day 2015 celebrations commence with Darb Al Saai opening

The actual holiday itself is on Dec. 18, but the Darb Al Saai grounds have been used as a way for visitors to learn more about Qatar's past, with farm animals, food and other items on display and for sale.
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