From end-of-the-year festivities to friendly meet-ups to art exhibitions and concerts for charity, there are plenty of things going on around town this weekend.
Here are our picks:
New Year’s events
There are a host of activities on tonight to ring in 2015, including parties, performances, dinners and family-themed events.
For those who prefer to celebrate at home, the UAE will livestream its fireworks show from Burj Khalifa tonight (Wednesday) at 11pm our time.
Seats are still available for an artistic-themed tweet-up that is being hosted by the folks behind curation account @WeAreQatar. The event will be held at a new shop in Katara Cultural Village, QTalent, at 7pm on Thursday, Jan. 1.
The shop is located at the Katara Beachfront, Gate 17. Organizers said the evening will be spent meeting and greeting local artists and designers, checking out new products and sipping karak.
Attendance is free and open to all – register for your seat online here.
MIA park bazaar
The Museum of Islamic Art Park Bazaar will open for the first time in 2015 on Saturday, Jan. 3 from noon to 8pm. A homage to the old souqs of yore, the bazaar features some 150 stalls selling clothes, accessories, arts, crafts, décor and the like.
The event is free and open to the public and is traditionally held every first Saturday of the month until the spring. But in a new move, organizers said the bazaar would now be open every Saturday from Jan. 3 to the end of May.
Mal Lawal exhibition
Take a peek into Qatar’s past by visiting the second edition of Qatar’s Mal Lawal exhibit, which opened this month at the Doha Exhibition Center in Dafna/West Bay.
Mal Lawal means “from the old days” in Qatari dialect, and the new display includes rare collections from 100 Qatari and 42 regional private collectors depicting the past, present and future of Qatar.
Visitors have said they enjoyed walking through the winding corridors of the displays there. There’s also a food court and children’s area.
The Mal Lawal exhibition is free and open to all through Feb. 28, 2015. Hours are from 9am to 9pm each day, except for Thursday (9am to 10pm) and Fridays (3pm to 10pm). It is closed on Tuesdays.
Jazz charity fundraiser
Note: Organizers said “Due to the prophet Muhammad birthday on Saturday Jan 3rd this event is postponed.”
Local group Doha Jazz is hosting its annual charity gala on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the W Doha hotel, where the musicians will mark the release of their latest album, “Jazz from the Sands.”
Tickets are still available and cost QR120/person. Proceeds go toward Cancer Research UK, which works to fight cancer through prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
VIP tables are also still available – they accommodate eight to 10 people and cost QR2,100. For more information and to buy tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or calls 5571-0746, or go online here.
What are your plans? Thoughts?