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Five things to do in Qatar this weekend (Sept. 7-10)


Treasures of China Exhibition
Treasures of China Exhibition

Heat and humidity aside, there are a lot of (mostly indoor) things to do around town over the next few days, from a new Treasures of China exhibition to a celebrity basketball event to a festival at Katara.

Here are our picks:

Treasures of China exhibition

A new exhibition that features a collection of soldiers from the first emperor of China’s Terracotta Army is now open to the public at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).

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Called Treasures of China, the exhibition consists of 116 pieces, including potteries, bronzes, jades, porcelains, silver and gold, among others.

Selected from five different museums and heritage institutions across China, the items span more than 5,000 years of the country’s history and date from the Neolithic period to the Qing Dynasty.

The museum is open on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10:30am to 5.30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 8pm and Friday from 2pm to 8pm. It is closed Tuesdays.

Entry to the exhibition is free and it will run until Jan. 7, 2017.

For more information, visit MIA’s website. 

Sports for All festival

Qatar Sports for All Federation (QSFA), Qatar Sailing and Marine Sports Federation and the Qatar Tourism Authority have collaborated to host a sports festival at Katara Cultural Village, which will officially launch tomorrow, Sept. 8.

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

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

The festival will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of 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 years old must be accompanied by adults.

Bilal film premiere

A recently-launched film inspired by one of the Prophet Muhammed’s key companions will be on show at Novo Cinemas around town, starting this weekend.

Bilal movie
Bilal movie

Bilal had its movie-theater debut this week and is based on the the life of Bilal Ibn Rabah – a slave who was freed and became Islam’s first Muezzin.

The $30 million picture premiered on Animation Day at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, alongside other heavyweight international name, where it won the Most Inspiring Movie award. It is also the first feature-length animated film made entirely in Dubai and has courted some controversy in Qatar this week.

More information is on Novo’s website.

Graffiti art

Head over to VCUQatar’s gallery this weekend to check out a new exhibition with wall-sized graffiti murals and other works by Indonesian graffiti artists Vendy Methodos and Ismu Ismoyo.

ISSUE ISME Exhibition at VCUQatar
ISSUE ISME Exhibition at VCUQatar

The display features a series of works by each artist in several mediums, combining fine art, stencil, and traditional batik techniques.

The collection is up until Oct. 22, and the gallery is open from Saturday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm. For more information, see VCUQatar’s website.

Celebrity basketball

Local Filipino restaurant Nayong Filipino is hosting a celebrity basketball event at Al Sadd Sports Club this Friday, Sept. 9.

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

Several Filipino celebrities will be at the event, including Jem Cubil, Jerome Ponce, Kris Bernal and Young JV, among others.

Other offerings include a bazaar, food carts, and a kid’s zone that will feature face painting, arts and crafts, a magic show and inflatables.

Tickets cost QR50/person and can be purchased at the door. For more information, check out ILoveQatar’s events page.


  • Healthy eating: For a new type of eating experience, check out Qatar’s first vegan cafe Evergreen Organics, which opened last week at Qanat Quartier on the Pearl-Qatar. Unlike most restaurants in Qatar, there are no meat or dairy options, or anything with refined sugar. The cafe is open Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 10pm. More information can be found online here.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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