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


Chess Master's in Doha
Chess Master’s in Doha

Though it’s likely going to be a soggy weekend, there are still a few interesting things going on over the next few days, including Christmas celebrations, an intense chess tournament with some of the world’s best players, cultural festivals and a public picnic. Here are the highlights:

Chess Masters

Watch some of the best chess whizzes in the country compete for the title of grandmaster at the Qatar Masters Open. Matches are scheduled to be held all week, culminating in the Grand Final on Dec. 29.

Chess Masters
Chess Masters

The fourth round of matches will begin today, Dec. 23, from 3pm onwards, and subsequent rounds will continue to be held tomorrow, and from Dec. 26.

Held at the Aspire ladies club at the Aspire Zone, the event is free and open to the public. For results of past rounds, pairings, and more information, visit the event’s website here.

Potluck TwEATup

Take advantage of the good weather and join local group Doha Tweetups at their potluck picnic on Saturday, Dec. 26, from 12pm onwards at the Aspire Park, by the only hill there.

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

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are requested to bring a dish to share with other members. For more information, visit the Doha Tweetups Twitter page here.

Cultural festivals

Katara Cultural Village is hosting two Middle Eastern-themed events this weekend. The first is a Moroccan music evening, which will be held from 7pm onwards tonight at the Drama Theater.

The second is a three-day long celebration of Palestinian culture, which will be held from 7pm onwards on Thursday, Dec. 24, and from 3 to 10pm from Dec. 25-26. Both events are free and open to the public.

Christmas activities

Celebrate the festive season with a host of Christmas themed dinners, buffets, and lunches around town. As Prophet Muhammed’s birthday falls on Dec. 24 this year, QDC will be shut, but many hotels said they are still serving alcohol at Christmas Eve dinners.

Christmas tree lighting at the Four Seasons
Christmas tree lighting at the Four Seasons

For a detailed list on the various offerings, including meals, church services and kids’ activities, visit our Christmas guide here.

Harrods pop-up shop

A new temporary open-air Harrods store is open to the public in Qatar for the next four weeks. The shop features favorites such as tea and chocolates, but also rare watches, jewelry and supercars with price tags in the millions of riyals.

Harrods in Qatar
Harrods in Qatar

The pavilion is located at Katara at the end of Shakespeare St., and is open from 4pm to midnight until Jan. 24, 2016.


  • Drawing on Glass workshops: Residents looking to exercise their creative muscles this weekend can head over to the Katara Art Studios for a three-day long workshop on glass drawing. Sessions will be held from 5 to 7pm from Dec 24-26, and cost QR500/person. To register, send your name and number to education@katara.net. For more information, visit the Katara events site here.

What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?

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