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Four things to do in Qatar this weekend (July 31 to Aug. 2)


Sabah Arbilli

In addition to ongoing Eid celebrations, there are a few unrelated events happening around town over the next few days, including sports tournaments and an art show. Here are our picks:

Alif by Sabah Arbilli

Renowned British-born Iraqi calligraphy artist Sabah Arbilli will host an exhibition focused on the first letter of the Arabic alphabet – Alif – at the Intercontinental Doha – The City hotel.

The exhibition, inspired by the holy month of Ramadan and Eid, will showcase his paintings, sculptures, installations and calligraphy. It runs through Sept. 17, and is free and open to the public.

Pinoy basketball tournament

Pinoy basketball

The Filipino community in Qatar is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Al Gharafa Training Gym.

Held in conjunction with Pinoy Basketball of Qatar, the event will see local Filipino basketball trios compete for the grand prize of $1000, Android LCD Tablets, MVP gold rings, and other prizes.

The event is free and open to the public, and games will be held from 8am to 2pm.

Filipino basketball celebrity Cyrus Baguio, known for his dunks and acrobatic moves on court, will grace the event. For more information, call 3311 6805.

Junior handball tournament

Join world-famous handball champions as they compete in the 5th Qatar International Handball Tournament for Men (Youth).

Matches will be held from Aug. 3 to 10, from 5pm onwards at the Al Gharafa Sports Club. Admission to the games is free and open to the public.

Eid activities

Circus at the souq, 2011.
Circus at the souq, 2011.

Continue celebrating Eid this weekend with family and friends at various venues around town.

From a Ukrainian Circus to face-painting, henna and balloon shaping for children, malls, hotels, water parks and zoos are hosting a wide range of events to keep the public entertained.

While most events end this Friday, Aug. 1, a few will continue until Aug. 3. For a full list of events, see our Eid guide here.


  • Boat party: Qatar DJ is hosting an “Ecstasy Boat Party” on Friday, Aug. 1 at 5:30pm, meeting at Bandar on the Corniche. Reservations must be made in advance as there are a limited number of seats. Tickets cost QR175/person if paid early and QR250 on the boat. More information can be found online here.
  • Blood donation campaign: The Triskelion Grand Fraternity, a local Filipino organization is hosting a blood donation drive on Friday, Aug. 1, at the Hamad Medical Corp. Blood Donation Unit. The drive will be held from 9am to 11am. No prior registration is required, and all are encouraged to attend and help out with a good cause. For more information, contact 7040 7978.

What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?

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