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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (July 13-16)

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Surfing at Aqua Park Qatar
Surfing at Aqua Park Qatar

Though Eid Al Fitr festivities are now over, there’s still lots to do around town in the coming days – most of it indoors, due to the sweltering heat.

From museum exhibitions and a children’s festival to a new water park ride, here are our picks:

New Aqua Park ride

Aqua Park has introduced a new ride – the Stingray Surf Machine, which it called the world’s first surfing and skim-boarding half pipe ride.

In addition to the entrance fee to the park, attendees must buy separate tickets for this ride. It costs QR100 to buy two tickets to ride the surf machine, and an extra ticket is currently given for free.

Stingray Surfing ?

Gepostet von Aqua Park Qatar am Donnerstag, 7. Juli 2016

The cost of entering the park itself varies depending on if you buy the tickets online or in person.

Online tickets cost QR155 for adults and QR105 for children, while tickets bought at the park cost QR180 for adults and QR130 for kids. Domestic workers and special needs persons’ tickets cost QR70 each.

For more information, check out the park’s website or Facebook page.

Desert safari

Spend a day at Arabian Adventures’ desert camp playing volleyball, football, sand boarding or swimming, enjoying an onsite BBQ or traditional Arabic meal.

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

Tickets for this desert safari start at QR180/person but depend on group sizes and length of the trip. A half-day trip lasts for four hours and a full day trip lasts for seven hours. An overnight stay is also optional.

To check prices for each package and timing, visit Q-Tickets. Bookings have to be made one day prior to the event.

Muhammad Ali tribute

The Museum of Islamic Art has opened a temporary exhibition as a tribute to the late Muhammad Ali.

The exhibition includes various artifacts and memorabilia from the boxer’s career, including his gloves, a championship ring and a letter in which he explains to the US government why he refused to serve in the Vietnam War.

Muhammad Ali exhibition
Muhammad Ali exhibition

We recommend you check out these five things while at the exhibition.

MIA is open Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10:30am to 5pm; Thursday from noon to 8pm; Friday from 2pm to 8pm; Saturday from noon to 8pm; and closed Tuesdays.

Eidieh Festival at QNCC

Though Eid is over, the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) will continue to host its Eidieah festival through the end of the month.

QNCC Eidieah Festival
QNCC Eidieah Festival

The venue has a bazaar with various kiosks, henna decorators, weavers and fishermen, as well as fun/educational activities for children and cultural performances.

Other features include face-painting corners, a bouncy castle, a photo booth, a 9-D cinema, and a maze.

The Eidieah festival is open through July 30 from 3pm to 10pm daily.

Chinese art exhibition

There are only a few days left to check out “What about the Art?” at the Al Riwaq gallery near the Museum of Islamic Art.

An installation at "What about the Art?" exhibition
An installation at “What about the Art?” exhibition

The exhibition brings together the work of 15 Chinese artists as part of the Qatar China Year of Culture and ends on Saturday, July 16.

We recommend you check out these six installations at the exhibition.

Al Riwaq is open from 10:30am to 5:30pm from Sunday to Wednesday, noon to 8pm on Thursday and Saturday, and from 2pm to 8pm on Friday. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays.

Bonus:

  • Game City: Activities at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) will end tonight (Wednesday, July 13). They include indoor karting, paintball, football and other small games for children. Game City is open from 7pm to 2am.
  • Dhow cruise: Arabian Adventures is holding day dhow cruises on the sea, sailing close to Safliya Island where visitors can go swimming, tan on the beach or have shisha. A barbecue buffet meal is also prepared and served onboard. Tickets cost QR220 per person and QR3,000 if you want to rent a whole boat, and must be booked seven days in advance. Tickets can be bought through Arabian Adventures or at Q-Tickets.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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