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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (June 23-25)


Red Bull Kart Fight
Red Bull Kart Fight

The warm temperatures forecast for this weekend are no excuse to hide indoors.

There are plenty of activities taking place outside – including a treasure hunt, gondola rides and kayaking trips – as well as several indoor events for those who prefer to stay cool.

Here are our picks:

Kart Fight Qatar

Red Bull is hosting its first “kart fight” for amateur racers across the country, starting tomorrow (June 23).

The goal for participants is simple: Record the fastest overall time in a 10-minute qualifying race at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center.

Following the qualifiers, the top 20 racers will face off in a national final that’s scheduled for July 1.

Photo for illustrative purposes only
Photo for illustrative purposes only

The competitions run nightly from 9:30pm to 11:30pm.

While registration for the event is now closed, residents are invited to come out and watch the action.

For more information, check out the event’s website.

Sunset to Moonrise Kayaking

Discover Arabia and Eco-Adventures are hosting three different kayaking tours on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25.

They include a sunset-to-moonrise trip from 4pm to 8pm; a potluck iftar between 6pm and 10pm; and a full-moon kayaking tour and BBQ suhoor from 9pm to 11pm.

A BBQ set-up will be provided throughout.

Kayaking at Al Thakira
Kayaking at Al Thakira

The group will meet at Al Meera in Al Thakira before travelling to the desert and mangrove reserves. Participants will be provided with life jackets and paddling lessons.

Ticket costs vary. They are QR200 (without a BBQ set-up) or QR250 (with BBQ set-up) for adults. The fee for children under the age of 12 is QR150, while children under the age of 6 can participate for QR100.

For more information or to make a booking, call 3023-3207.

Garangao and Eid activities at Ezdan Mall

Ezdan Mall will be hosting its Garangao festivities on Friday, June 24.

Children at Ezdan Mall
Children at Ezdan Mall

At WH Smith, on the second floor, Silver Envelope will be hosting a series of crafts and story time activities to teach children about Eid. This runs from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Other activities include cooking classes, planting workshops and storytelling. These will be held at the basement floor, near Vodafone’s store, from 8pm to 11pm.

Treasure hunt around Katara

To celebrate the month of Ramadan, Katara is hosting several events throughout the month, including a treasure hunt.

Last week's treasure map at Katara
Last week’s treasure map at Katara

Every Thursday and Friday, after the taraweeh prayer, participants can pick up a map and join the hunt for free.

Various treasure boxes are placed around Katara. One winning box, containing a QR2,500 prize, is set out each day.

New maps will be distributed each week. The hunts go from 9:30pm to 11:30pm.

Gondola boat rides at Katara

Other events hosted by Katara include a gondola boat ride from Beach 12.

 Katara gondola
Katara gondola

The boats run daily until Thursday, July 7. The first boat sets off at 7pm and the last trip departs at 11:55pm.

Ticket prices for the boats vary depending on the length of the trip.

A 15-minute ride costs QR100, while a 30-minute trip costs QR200. An hour-long journey costs QR350. Tickets can be bought online, where more information on the rides is also available.


  • A cooking contest will be hosted on Thursday, June 23 at the Doha Marriott Hotel by Pakistan Women’s Association Qatar. The event will be from 9pm till 11pm, with light refreshments offered. Entry to the contest is free and attendees have the chance to interact with one of Pakistan’s top chefs.

What are your plans for this weekend? Thoughts?

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