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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 3)


Fireworks for the 2016 Qatar Summer Festival
Fireworks for the 2016 Qatar Summer Festival

From Corniche fireworks to a Pokèmon GO meet-up, a beach festival, camping night at the beach and sunset kayaking in Doha’s Mangroves, here are five things to keep you busy this weekend.

Summer fest fireworks

The 2016 Qatar Summer Festival officially draws to a close today (Wednesday, Aug. 31) with a fireworks show on the Corniche.

The visual display is scheduled for 9pm.


Entertainment City activities at the Doha Entertainment and Convention Center are also due to wrap up today, including the “My Little Pony” shows.

Katara sports fest

The Qatar Sailing and Marine Sports Federation, the Qatar Sports for All federation (QSFA) and Qatar Tourism Authority have collaborated to host a sports festival at Katara Cultural Village.

Offerings include slides, a mini-pool, inflatable rides, jet skis, fly boards and a volleyball court, among others.

The festival will run every weekend in September from 4pm to 9pm at Katara Beach, Gate No. 14. The event is free and open to all. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by adults.

Pokémon GO meet-Up

Pokémon GO fans are once again invited to gather for a meet-up at Katara Beach’s newly opened Splash Water Park this Friday.

Pokémon Go on the Corniche
Pokémon Go on the Corniche

The event was previously scheduled for mid-August but was postponed by organizers. UPDATE: Organizers have postponed this event again.

It will feature several new concepts, including singing the Pokemon anthem, hunting for Pokemon on the water, a cosplay competition, a trivia game, water slides, boat rides, and more.

You can also meet fellow Pokemon trainers and show off your own catches at the event, which will run from 3pm until 10:30pm.

An entrance fee of QR60 is applied, though children aged seven or below enter for free.

No prior registration for the event is required, but attendees are encouraged to wear swim attire.

Katara’s Splash park

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

Splash water park
Splash water park

UPDATE: Organizers have decided at the last minute to only open to private groups this week. The park will open to the public next week.

Main attractions include a “water park city”, a water trampoline, inflatable tubes, buoys, pools and football fields, fishing boats, bumper ball, trampolines, and a zipline, among others.

The beach festival will run daily from 3pm until midnight, with an entry fee of QR100 per person. Those wishing to use the zipline will need to pay an additional QR100.

For more information on offerings, visit their website.

Desert drumming

Local groups Qatar Offroaders and Drumming Qatar are hosting a weekend of fun featuring a combination of camping, swimming, African drumming and barbecuing.

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

Participants will meet on Thursday at 8pm in front of the Sealine resort and head out to a camping spot, where they are expected to reach at 9:30pm. Packing up will be on Friday morning, right after sunrise. Those driving should have a 4×4 car.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring their own supplies, including chairs, food and drinks as they will be limited in amount.

Tickets cost QR100 per person and QR50 for children under the age of 12. Members of Qatar Offroaders pay half the amount.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Mangrove kayaking

Local eco-tourism firm Entalek is hosting a kayaking and barbecue event this Friday at the Al Thakhira mangroves from 5pm to 9pm.

Sunset kayaking
Sunset kayaking

Participants will first meet at the Al Meera in Thakhira and head to the mangroves from there.

After kayaking, the group will get together for a barbecue dinner with a majlis area by the Arabian Sea.

Tickets cost QR250, although discounts are available for large groups. Groups of more than 10 get a 10 percent discount, whereas groups of more than 15 get a 20 percent discount. Visit their website for bookings.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.


  • Qatar Burger Month: Local start-up Urban Point is launching a “burger month” throughout September where foodies can buy one burger and get another one for free, and then rate them. The restaurants include Chili’s, Burger King, Johnny Rockets, Burger Gourmet, Rogers Diner, and many more.

Note: Edited on Sept. 1 to reflect that Applebees and Jones the Grocer will not take part in burger month.

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