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


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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

From a chance to watch free films under the stars to indulging in some Shakespeare to cheering on the national youth football team to gawking at classic cars and motorcycles, there’s quite a few things going on in Qatar over the next few days.

Here are the highlights:

Classic bike and car show

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and car lovers are expected to descend on Doha this weekend for the third annual GCC Bike and Classic Car show.

Participants will start gathering after Friday prayers (around 12:30pm) at the Museum of Islamic Art before setting off on the “Khaleejona Wahed” (“Our Gulf is one”) ride around 2pm towards Katara, where the two-day event takes place.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The event officially starts at 4:30pm on Friday with live entertainment as well as a motorcycle and classic cars competition.

Sunday’s activities kick off at 2:30pm with a motorcycle rider skills competition, a tricycle drift challenge and a mini motorcycle contest.

Registration for the competitions will be open between 8:30am and 3:30pm on Friday at Katara. However, the event is free for spectators who want to check out the action.

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


Shakespeare’s dark, tragic, and longest masterpiece will come to life tonight as thespians from the world-renowned Globe Theatre take to the stage for a one-night only performance of the playwright’s Hamlet at the Al Rayyan Theater at Souq Waqif.

Hamlet production
Hamlet production

The free event is organized in conjunction with the British Council and is part of its year-long “Shakespeare Lives” cultural program.

The play follows the recently fatherless Hamlet, a melancholy Danish king who seeks vengeance after hearing that his father was murdered. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 7pm onwards. Interested residents can reserve a free seat online here.

Free open-air film screenings

Bollywood enthusiasts in Qatar may want to head to Al Khor this weekend to enjoy free classic and popular contemporary movies under the stars.

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

Two open-air theaters have been set up at the Al Khor Worker’s Sports Complex, which caters primarily to the country’s large migrant worker population. Screenings are free and open to the public, and run from 5:30pm until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

AFC U-23 Qatar match

After beating China 3-1 during last night’s game, Qatar’s U-23 national football team will face off against Iran on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Al Sadd SC Stadium as part of the three-week championship tournament.

AFC championships
AFC championships

Tickets to the event cost QR10 or QR30, and can be bought online on the AFC website here. For more information, visit the tournament’s page here. 

Al Dana Green Run

Break out your running shoes this weekend and take advantage of the good weather at the annual Al Dana 3km Green Run on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 1pm onwards at the Aspire Zone.

Dana fun run
Dana fun run

The event is free and open to the public, and interested participants can register online here.


  • QatART Market: Qatar’s handmade community will once again showcase their creations at the QatART pop up bazaar on Friday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 8pm. Members of the QatART community are also hosting various workshops at Katara’s Art Studios for children looking for a creative respite during their weekends. This Friday’s schedule includes a clay workshop that costs QR35 per participant. Interested residents are invited to pop by or pre-register by sending your name, phone number and the name of the workshop to education@katara.net or by calling 4408 0233 or 4408 1357. For more information and a list of vendors, visit the event’s Facebook page here.
  • Honda evaluation: Owners of all vehicle makes and models can bring their car or truck to the Honda showroom near TV Roundabout for a free valuation of their vehicle this weekend. The event also offers a drawing competition and face-painting for children.

What are you plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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