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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (Aug. 17-21)


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

Updated to reflect that two weekend events have been canceled.

From a Muay Thai roadshow to a comedy blast and dune bashing trips, there are some cool things to check out around Doha this weekend.

Here are our picks:


Head out to Sealine with your family and friends this weekend for a day of dune-bashing and sight-seeing.

Dune bashing
Dune bashing

A local company called Tours in Qatar is organizing up to four-hour day trips. That includes pick up and drop off times to Sealine’s sand dunes for dune-bashing and the Inland Sea throughout the month.

Participants must pay a fee of QR650 per vehicle, which can accommodate up to six adults. Timings can be decided upon contact.

For more information, email toursinqr@gmail.com.

Splash Waterpark

Katara Beach has opened a new Splash Waterpark as part of a two-month beach festival that runs until mid-October.

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until September.

Pokémon GO meet-up

Pokémon GO fans are once again invited to gather to hunt for virtual creatures, this time at the newly opened Splash Water Park at Katara.

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until September.

Muay Thai roadshow

Blow off some steam by joining nine of Thailand’s top fighters and trainers this weekend for some workshops, live fight demonstrations and educational sessions on the combat sport of Muay Thai.

Muay Thai demonstration
Muay Thai demonstration

Organized in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local fitness company Evolve, the Muay Thai Roadshow aims to teach residents some pointers on discipline, weight loss and stress relief.

The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. It is free and open to men and women, but on a registration-only basis.

Those who wish to attend can register by sending an email to info@evolvemindbodysoul.com or through visiting Evolve’s Facebook page.

Doha comedy festival

As part of the annual month-long summer festival, the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) will host a three-day comedy event this weekend that features 18 different stand-up comedians from the Middle East.

Doha Comedy Festival 2016
Doha Comedy Festival 2016

Confirmed performers include local comedian Hamad Al-Amari, as well as renowned pros Bader Saleh, Fadi Alshehri and Ahmed Al Shammari.

The comedy festival will run from Aug. 18 through Aug. 21. Shows will start promptly at 8pm, but doors open at 7:30pm.

The show will be in Arabic and attendees must be 13 years and up. Ticket prices range QR145 to QR1,000 and can be purchased at all Virgin Megastore branches or online.

Arts & crafts

The Arts and Crafts Center is offering a variety of art lessons for children and teens ages 2 – 17 years old, including lessons on sketching, drawing, pottery and oil painting.

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

Prices range between Q350 and Q1200 depending on the number of sessions.

For more information, email arts-crafts@live.com or call 4486-5201.

Red/Red at Mathaf

Red/Red is an art exhibition currently on display at the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) that features the works of Turkish artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s.

The MATHAF project space
The MATHAF project space

The exhibition will run until September and is comprised of 17 pieces, including handmade notebooks of drawings and paintings made with red pigments from Armenia and Turkey.

The museum is open every day from 11am to 6pm, except on Friday when it’s open from 3pm to 8pm. On Mondays, it is closed.

For more information, visit Mathaf’s website.


  • Splash & Dash: Every Sunday and Wednesday of August, visit Aspire Dome’s athletics track and swimming pool to cool down or go for a run – or both. The track and pool are open to 50 participants per session and registration is required onsite pre-session. Registration costs QR10/person and is open from 6pm to 7:45pm. The facilities are available from 7pm to 9pm. More information here.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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