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Friday, January 21, 2022

Four (mostly free) things to check out in Qatar this weekend



The wind is picking up just in time for the weekend (again), and the Qatar Meteorology Department is forecasting no relief from the blustery, hot and dusty conditions until at least the end of next week.

But there are plenty of indoor activities on offer in Doha over the next few days, including:

  • Stomp: Tickets are still available for this internationally acclaimed musical show, which debuts tonight at the Qatar National Convention Center. The tightly choreographed show, in which performers use a variety of everyday percussion instruments to produce a mix of entertainment, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 8, as well. Tickets start at QR299 and can be bought at Virgin Megastores in Villaggio and Landmark malls and online, as well as last-minute at the QNCC when the box office opens at 6:30pm.
  • Middle East’s largest abaya exhibition: This one is for the ladies – the Qatar Tourism Authority is hosting a “Heya” fashion exhibition at the Doha Exhibition Center through June 9 from 10am to 10pm (except Friday, which is 3pm to 10pm). There, the latest in abaya fashion will be on display. QTA says children under 12 aren’t allowed, but we’re not clear how well-enforced that ban is.


  • Julia Domna: The Katara Drama Theater (Building 16) will host this dance drama highlighting the life of an Arab princess starting tonight and running through the weekend. Love and loss are central themes in this acclaimed performance, which goes from 8pm to 11pm and runs from June 6 to June 9. It is free and open to the public. More details here.
  • Buzkashi Boys: The Doha Film Institute will screen this short Academy Award-nominated film at the Museum of Islamic Art on Thursday at 6pm and 7pm and holding four screenings on Friday, starting at 3pm. Tickets to see the half-hour film, part of the museum’s Ferozkoh exhibition of Afghan Art, are QR15 each and can be bought in person or at DFI’s websiteAccording to the description:

Buzkashi Boys is set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the national sport of buzkashi – a brutal game of polo played with a dead goat.

(It) is a groundbreaking film about two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith’s son, who strive to realise their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth. (It is) shot entirely on location in Kabul by an alliance of Afghan and international filmmakers…

What are your weekend plans?

Credit: Top photo by Penny Yi Wang, second image courtesy of Katara

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