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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 3)



Whether it’s watching fast-paced football matches, beating stress by dancing or getting kids excited about math and science, there are plenty of activities happening around town this weekend. Here are some of the highlights:

Worldwide Instagram meet

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

Fans of the popular social media platform Instagram are invited to meet their peers in person this weekend at a Doha Tweetups-led Instameet, scheduled for 3pm this Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Al Wakrah Souq.

The event is one of several simultaneous meet-ups happening around the globe between Instagram users and is the 12th such event organized by the photo-sharing social media platform.

Attendees are encouraged to share #todayimet portraits of the people they meet at the event and ask the subject of the portrait about their favorite Instagram accounts, and include them in your photo caption with the #whoifollow hashtag.


In an effort to get more children interested in science, technology and math, Qatar University is hosting the traveling exhibition MathAlive! for the first time.

MathAlive's "boardercross" snowboard experience.
MathAlive\’s \”boardercross\” snowboard experience.

The event includes a variety of interactive activities where children can ride in live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover or freeze video in a 360-degree panorama.

Organizers say the event will “bring to life the real math behind video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics and more” through interactive games, seminars and workshops.”

The event is free and is open to the public between 4pm to 8pm from Oct. 3 to 8.

For more information, visit the MathAlive! website here.

Red Bull Winning 5 finale

Watch some fast-paced football action at the finale of Red Bull Winning 5, a unique tournament scheduled from 7pm to 10pm on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the City Center Mall Ice Rink Arena.

Red Bull tournament
Red Bull tournament

The tournament consists of 10-minute, five-on-five football matches in which neither team is allowed to have a goalie.

After each goal, the team that scores selects an opponent to bench for the rest of the game until one side runs out of players.

Eight teams were drawn from a pool of more than 200 entries to compete in qualifiers held over the past month that are culminating in this weekend’s finals.

The event is free and open to the public.

DFI Focus On Qatar Event

The Doha Film Institute is hosting its inaugural Focus on Qatar showcase today, Sept. 30, at the Museum of Islamic Art.

A scene from "My Grandfather's Past Through My Eyes."
A scene from “My Grandfather’s Past Through My Eyes.”

The three-day event includes screenings and panels focused on homegrown talent, and opens with a viewing of the country’s first feature-length film, Khalifa Al Muraikhi’s Clockwise, which made its debut in 2010.

The event continues tomorrow, Oct. 1, with a day dedicated to short films from independent filmmakers that have emerged in Qatar over the last five years.

It will be followed by an Innovation Films Showcase on Oct. 2 that highlights the achievements of one of Qatar’s leading production companies.

Screenings and events are free, but residents interested in attending are advised to reserve a ticket. This can be done in person at the Museum of Islamic Art’s DFI ticket outlet until 8pm today as well as between noon and 8pm tomorrow and 2pm to 8pm on Friday.

Tickets can also be secured online. For more information and a more detailed schedule of events, visit the event’s website.

Dance to connect workshop

A new four-week workshop that uses dance to help participants battle stress starts this weekend.


The inaugural Dance to Connect session, which is open to both novices and experienced dancers, runs from 7pm to 8:30pm every Saturday starting Oct. 3 at the the Yama Yoga Studios at Asas Towers in West Bay.

Led by dance therapist and coach Carolin Zeitler, the sessions combine exercise and creative expression.

Each class costs QR150 for drop-in participants or QR460 for the entire course. Those looking for more details or registration information can call 6688-7572, email info@hwwqatar.com or view the online flyer here.


  • Blood donation drive: The Warwick Doha Hotel and Hamad Hospital are holding a blood drive at the hotel tomorrow, Oct. 1, from 10am to 4pm. Donors should be between 18 and 65 years old, weigh at least 50kgs and not have traveled out of Qatar in the last six months. Participants are requested to get at least six hours of sleep the night before and bring their original Qatar IDs, licenses or health cards. To register, call 4456-3336 or email mgelin@warwickhotels.com.
  • Peter Pan musical: With a little bit of “faith … trust (and) pixie dust,” the the boy who never grew up will debut in Qatar Thursday, Oct. 1, when Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story opens at the Qatar National Convention Center. The two-hour production runs through Oct. 9 with 11 shows. Tickets prices range from QR195 for regular tickets to QR2,000 for front-row seats and can be bought online or in person at Landmark Mall, Ezdan Mall, City Center, Lagoona Mall, Novo Cinema and Marriott Marquis Hotel Doha. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

What are your plans this weekend? Thoughts?

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