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Eight things to do in Qatar this weekend (Nov. 20 to 22)

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With reporting from Elysia Windrum

From breakdancing to comedy shows, to music, traditional boats and Guinness World Record breaking, there are a ton of things happening around town over the next few days. Here are our picks:

Flying Bach

Two years after their first performance in Doha, four-time breakdance world champions Flying Bach will host their acclaimed show in Qatar on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8pm at the Qatar National Convention Center.

The show, a unique fusion of classic Bach and urban performance art, is part of the group’s sold-out 2014 world tour. The 70-minute long performance will feature the group synchronizing their moves to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, with an accompaniment of visuals, pianos, harpsichords, and modern-day electronic beats following a set storyline.

Tickets to the event range in price from QR135 to QR750/person, and are available online here. For more information, visit the group’s website here.

World’s largest Landcruiser/SUV convoy

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Abdullah Abdulghani and Bros is organizing an event at 1:30pm on Nov. 21 at the Qatar Endurance Village at Sealine to break the current Guinness World Record for the largest convoy of Toyota off-road vehicles.

The current record was set by the UAE last year, and 153 cars are needed to form the convoy on Friday to break the record.

All Toyota SUV owners and friends are invited to attend the 1 Nation, 1 Record event, which, aside from the convoy, will include a guest zone featuring food tents, camel rides, contests, games for children, among other attractions.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Residents interested in entering their vehicles in the event are requested to register online here, and can also do so in person on the day of. A valid Qatar driver’s license is required to register a vehicle.

Cars partaking in the event will be required to form a convoy with no more than 100m between each car, complete 30km of off-road driving, and must go through the start and finish lines. For more information, visit the event’s website here.

Dhow festival

Katara Cultural Village is holding its 4th annual Dhow Festival this week at its beach, with the aim of sharing elements of Qatar’s rich history with the public.

Dhow festival 2013
Dhow festival 2013

The show is on through Saturday, Nov. 22, and includes displays of pearl diving, diving trip shows, sailing competitions, rowing competitions, operettas and traditional dance/song performances.

The event is free and open to the public from 9am to 10pm daily, with lulls in between. See a full schedule of events here.

Doha Flowers Expo

The Doha International Flowers and Garden Exhibition will be held this weekend from Nov. 20 to 22 at the Museum of Islamic Art Park.

The exhibition will feature local and regional vendors of pots and plant-related decorations, canopy and ornamental plants, portraits and oriental antiques inspired by plants, agricultural equipment, greenhouses, garden furniture, swimming pools and equipment and flower arrangements.

Held under the patronage of Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the event is free and open to the public, and runs from noon to 10pm on Thursday and Saturday, and from 2 to 10pm on Friday.

Note: There is no parking open at the MIA – visitors will need to park near the (now-closed) Doha International Airport arrivals terminal and take a shuttle. The shuttles are apparently operating every 20 minutes.

Baroque concert

Katara Cultural Village is hosting a concert featuring the best works of classical baroque composers like Handel, Purcell, Scarlatti, and Gluck, on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7:30pm at the Katara Opera House (Building 16).

Tickets to the event cost QR75 to QR200/person and can be bought online here. The concert is open to residents ages six years old and above.

Heya exhibition

The Qatar Tourism Authority is hosting its 6th annual Heya fashion exhibition, featuring work from Arab and Khaleeji designers. Jalabeeyas, abayas and other traditional outfits are on sale at some 200 booths at the Doha Exhibition Center.

The exhibition is free and open to residents 12 years and older, and runs from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and Saturday, and from 3 to 10pm on Friday. The show closes on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Comedy show

South African comedian Barry Hilton will perform in Doha this Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7:30pm onwards at the Doha Golf Club.

His new show, The Way I See It, aims to give audiences a funny and anecdotal rendition of what goes on inside the comedian’s head. Tickets for the event cost QR200 and are available online from Virgin Megastore here.

The event is open to adults ages 18 years old and above, and doors open at 7pm. Residents are requested to bring their Qatar ID with them for identification.

QatART Market

QatART market

The next QatART Handmade Market will be held this Friday, Nov. 21, from 3 to 9pm at the Katara Art Studios Courtyard (Building 19).

Organized by local handicrafts group QatART, the event will showcase locally made arts and crafts, ranging from clothes, jewelry, accessories, paintings, craft kits, bags, home decorations, and handmade cards, boxes and party supplies. Workshops and crafting activities will also be held for attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

Bonus:

  • TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) initiative: TNR Qatar is organizing events at select housing compounds where residents can learn about the ins and outs of neutering cats while raising money for surgeries to be done. This Friday, Nov. 21 the TNR team, in collaboration with Cat Assistance Team and 2nd Chance Rescue, will hold a cat “street party” at Valley Rose Compound in Duhail from 5pm to 8pm. The event is open to everyone. In addition to being educated on the simplicities of neutering a compound cat, attendees can also enjoy raffles, a hip-hop dance performance and a bake sale. There will also be games, a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids. There will be an admission fee of QR20 for adults and QR15 for children. All proceeds go towards spaying and neutering Valley Rose compound’s stray cats.

What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?

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