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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (April 24 to 26)


Doha String Quartet

From movie screenings to football tournament semi-finals to a concert in the desert, there are lots of things Qatar residents can look forward to checking out this weekend. Here are our latest picks:

White night at the desert

Arabian Adventures Qatar is hosting a desert camp featuring the Doha String Quartet and Moroccan singer Abderrahim Mouissi on April 25 at Khor al Udaid from 6 to 9pm. The sea-facing location is surrounded by dunes with fences placed around the camp for the safety of kids. Those interested in attending can select from one of two options:

  • Option 1 includes a dune-bashing ride in Khor Al Udaid at 4pm, after which the campers will be brought to the camp at 5:30 pm for the concert. Interested campers and families will be picked up from Family Food Center near the Airport at 3pm and dropped back at 10:30 pm. Campers can park their cars at the FFC parking and for those who don’t have cars, arrangements to drop them to the nearest taxi -stand or their residence will be made as per their convenience. Tickets for this option cost QR 320/person and include an Arabic barbeque meal.
  • Option 2 doesn’t include the dune-bashing ride. Campers can either choose to be picked up from Sealine at 5pm or can drive their own 4×4 cars directly to the camp. Tickets for this option cost QR 250/person and include an Arabic barbeque meal.

For both the options, departure from the camp will be at 9pm. Families are welcome to join the camp and kids below 11 years will be charged at QR160/child. A group of 10 passengers costs QR 300/person in Option 1 and QR 240/person in Option 2. White casual attired is required for the event. Spots are still available. RSVP to 4436-1461 or email at pa@arabianadventuresqatar.com to reserve places.

Brazilian cinema screenings

The Doha Film Institute is presenting the Brazilian film “Elena” on April 24 and 25 at the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium at 7 pm. The screening is part of the Qatar-Brazil Year of Culture initiative. The 80-minute documentary will be screened in Portuguese with English and Arabic subtitles.

The story portrays the journey of two sisters. Elena, a young Brazilian woman who travels to New York to become an actress, leaving behind a childhood spent under military dictatorship and her younger sister, Petra.

Twenty years later, Petra follows in her sister’s footsteps and uses her limited resources to find Elena’s whereabouts in New York. The search leads her to find Elena in an unexpected place and Petra must learn to let her go.

Tickets are available online or at the DFI ticket outlet in the Museum of Islamic Art auditorium. Parental guidance has been advised for kids aged below 13 years.

Katara QatArt Handmade Market

The second edition of the handmade art market will be held at the Katara Art Studios Courtyard- Building 19 on April 25 from 3pm to 8:30pm.


A wide variety of handcrafts including jewelry, illustrations, craft kits, clothes, home decors, photography, handcrafted cards and homemade food and party supplies will be presented and sold. Entry is free to the public, and more information can be found here.

Qatar Cup

The Qatar Cup finals will be held on April 26 from 7 to 9pm at the Lekhwiya Sports Club between Lekhwiya and El Jaish.


According to the Qatar Stars League, tickets are still on sale at Landmark Mall, Katara and online here. But only VIP tickets for QR150/each are available (which include “parking and hospitality.”)

All money raised during the Qatar Cup final will be donated to the people of Syria affected by war.

Qatar Charity clothes collection drive

Residents of Qatar can donate their gently used clothes this Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, as part of a clothes collection initiative organized by Qatar Charity. Those who participate would also be helping the country set a new Guinness World Record for the most gathered clothes for charity in 24 hours.

The drive, which begins at 5 pm at Aspire, aims to collect 14 tons of clothes to distribute to the needy in the Philippines, Yemen and the Central African Republic. Organisers have requested that the clothes must be washed and ironed before depositing it in the two 20-foot containers.

Qatar-based youth group Mission20 are calling for volunteers who wish to contribute to the drive. Events have been organized for families and children as well. More details can be found here, or below:


  • TechTalk series: Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) will host the next TechTalk series on April 23 at GE-ATRC, QSTP from 6pm to 9pm. The topic of the discussion is “Obesity Prevention and Cure: So Near and Yet So Far…” The talk includes a presentation by Vidya Mohamed-Ali and a panel discussion, followed by a light cocktail dinner at 8:30pm. Attendees can register and reserve space for the event here.
  • Palestinian Heritage Week: For the first time, in collaboration with Palestinian Qatari Friendship Association, Katara Cultural Village will hold a Palestinian Heritage Week from April 23 to 29 at Building 3. The event will open daily from 10am to 10pm and is open to the public. The week-long festival includes folk performances, exhibitions displaying the history and artifacts of Palestine, expert talks on photography and the Heritage of Palestine and workshops to showcase the Palestinian graphic artwork.
  • MovieTime at Four Seasons: The Four Seasons Doha Hotel will run the feature film “Catch Me If You Can” at the Garden Terrace on April 25 at 8pm. Adults above 21 years old can watch the screening for free, but seats are limited. To reserve, contact 44948013.
  • Workers’ Cup 2014: The second annual Qatar Worker’s Cup will witness a pre-finale faceoff between Gulf Contracting Co. and Outlook from 8:30 to 9:30pm and Amana and Tanzifco Co. WLL from 9:40 to 10:40 pm, on April 25 at the Al Wakra Sports Club. Tickets are not required to attend the event, which is open to all. More about the teams and their standings can be found here.

What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?

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