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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (Sept. 11-13)


From movie tributes to jazz music to relaxing on the water and soaking in some culture, there is no shortage of things to check out around town over the next few days. Here are our picks:

Remembering Robin Williams

In memory of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams, the Doha Film Institute is hosting four evenings of screenings of some of his most famous movies, from Sept. 11 to 14.

Robin Williams

Hook, a 1991 film based on the story of Peter Pan, will run at 7pm from Sept 11 to 13, while Dead Poets Society, in which William’s held an Oscar-nominated role, will run at 4pm on Sept. 12, and 7 pm on Sept. 13 to 14.

The event is open to the public and children above 13 years, and tickets can be purchased online here. Those who purchase a ticket for one film are entitled to a free ticket to view any screening of the second movie.

Moonlit kayaking

Local environmental education company Entalek is organizing a moonlight kayaking tour on Friday, Sept. 12 at the Al Thakira Reserve at 7pm.

Participants will learn how to paddle and will get a first-hand view of Qatar’s extensive mangrove system in a romantic moonlit setting.

Tickets cost QR200, and can be booked online here. Participants are requested to bring their own food for grilling for a post-paddle BBQ with accompanied African drumming.

For more information, call 5543-7349 or 3332-2078, or send an email to entalek.org@gmail.com.

Dhow trip

Local group See My Culture is hosting a Cultural Exchange Trip hosted by Qatari volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 13, and a handful of seats are still available.

The event includes a ride to Al Safiya island as well as fishing, swimming and kayaking. Additionally, attendees will taste authentic Qatari food, and have the opportunity to learn more about Qatari culture and history. The trip costs QR300/person, and covers the boat ride, equipment and food.

Those interested are requested to pay for the trip prior to getting on the boat. The group will meet at 9am at the Corniche Marina. Those interested can register online here, or call 5544 6551 for more information.

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Popular local hotspot Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha has opened its doors to a new season featuring artists from New York and Brazil. World Music and Jam nights are held on Mondays and Wednesdays respectively, while international artists continue to play every night except Sundays, from 9pm to 11:30 pm.

"Matthew Rybicki, Dominick Farinacci, and Ulysses Owens Jr. play a tune at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Doha's St. Regis hotel on Tuesday, January 28. Rybicki and Owens Jr. have since finished their two-week stay and returned to New York, while Farinacci is there long-term as a JALC global ambassador."

Entrance to the venue at the St. Regis costs QR100 (which covers the entrance fee and a beverage). For more information, visit JALC’s website here.

Charity auction for Gaza

Katara Cultural Village and Qatar Red Crescent will host a charity auction featuring high-end exclusive items like cars, jewelry and car plate numbers on Sept. 12 from 10am to 10pm.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held at the Katara Amphitheater, will go toward helping children in Gaza who have lost parents, homes and schools in the ongoing violence.


  • Iraq crisis talk: The Diplomatic Club in Doha is hosting an interactive discussion titled “The Crisis in Iraq: What went wrong?” today (Wednesday), at the Roshana Hall from 4:30 to 6:30pm. The event will be moderated by Salman Sheikh, the director of Brookings Doha Center. Panelists include visiting fellows, the former defense minister of Bulgaria, and other authorities. The event is free and open to the public. Prior registration is recommended and can be done at dohacenter@brookings.edu.
  • Conversations with Waad: Qatari fashion designer Waad Mohammed Ali who founded “WAAD Designs” in 2010, will be presenting abayas from her collection and holding a discussion on Sept. 11 at the Katara Art Center (Building 5) from 6 to 8pm. The event, organized by See My Culture, is free and open to all women. Those interested in attending can register for the event online here.
  • Little League baseball: The Qatar Little League, a local non-profit youth baseball and softball program is signing up children ages four to 18 years old to participate in their upcoming 2014/15 season. Registration costs QR500 per child, and can be done online here. For more information, visit their website.
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