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Five things to do this weekend in Qatar (May 22-24)

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Meteor shower

It might be heating up outside, but there’s still plenty to do this weekend if you know where to look – there’s lots of sport on offer, and some musical treats, too. Here are our picks:

New Camelopardalis meteor shower

A new celestial show is expecting to peak this weekend, as Earth moves through a debris stream of comet 209/LINEAR. NASA has said the shower has never before seen before, but estimates the shower could produce 100 to 400 meters an hour, or even turn into a storm of 1,000 meteors an hour.

The best times to view it are at night in northern America, which is morning in Qatar. However, Jassim Lari, co-founder of the Qatar Astronomy Club, told Doha News that the shower should be visible here at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, in dark areas like Zekreet, Al Shamal and Al Kharrara. Lari added:

“Astronomers around the world believe it will be something new and unique. The radiant of the Meteor Storm is in the constellation of Camelopardalis. If you are new to Astronomy try to use any astronomical application on you cell phone to assist you locating the constellation.”

Asian Five Nations Rugby

The finals for the Division 2 tournament of the Asian 5 Nations competition will be played out at Al Arabi stadium on Friday, May 23 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

rugby

Qatar’s national team will face Malaysia in the final, having already beaten Thailand, China and Guam in the heats. The winners on Friday will retain their Division 2 spot, along with the relegated teams of Division 1, while the bottom two teams will be relegated to Division 3 in 2015.

The five-tier competition encompasses 28 Asian Rugby Football member unions, who are all competing to reach the Top 5 and win the title, before advancing to the Rugby World Cup.

Qatar has been regarded as one of Asia’s fastest rising teams, having won Division 4 and Division 3 over the past four seasons. Admission is free of charge. More information can be found here.

Guitar concert

Argentinian guitar duo “Escordando” – musicians Jorge Palacios and Jorge Martí – will perform at the Katara Drama Theater on Thursday, May 22 from 7:30pm to 10pm.

The concert is part of celebrations for Argentine National Day, which is on Sunday, May 25.

The program will feature compositions by well-known Latin-American composers such as Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer, Remo Pignoni and Sergio Assad, among others.

Tickets cost QR50/each and can be purchased online from Virgin Megastores.

Qatar Philharmonic concert

Mussorgsky’s immensely popular piece “Pictures at an Exhibition” will be performed by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Katara Opera house on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30pm.

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The QPO’s music director, Han-Na Chang, will conduct a program which will also include compositions by Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No.1, and Peer Gynt Suite No.2.

Tickets are priced between QR 75 to Qr 200 and can be purchased online from the Virgin Megastore.

Champions League Final broadcast

Football fans still seeking a good spot to watch the Champions League Final on TV this weekend can head to the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, May 24 at 9:45pm.

The Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid match will be screened on the hotel’s garden terrace, where food and drinks will be served to fans. Entry is free, and there are seats still available.

Although a minimum age isn’t specified, football lovers over 21 years are preferred due to the presence of alcohol at the venue. For reservations, contact the concierge on 4494 8013.

Bonus:

  • Qatar National Library “Scopus” Session: Continuing its series of training sessions that make use of the free online databases available on the library’s website, QNL will be hosting a Scopus session on Thursday, May 22 from 9:30am to 10:30am at the Computer Laboratory, B014A, LAS building of Qatar Foundation. Admission is free, but only limited seats are available. RSVP to cafinidad@qf.org.qa
  • QALCO Football Championship: The final of the Football Five’s World Championship (F5WC) will be held on Friday, May 23 at the Aspire Zone from 4 pm to 9:15 pm. Organized by Legacy Sports and Events, the F5WC is a 5-a-side football tournament that provides a platform for talented amateur players to showcase their skills to professional football clubs. The winning team will get a chance to fly to Dubai in June to compete with 31 other teams for the World Championship. Entry is free.
  • Qatar Business Incubation Center Demo Day: On Sunday, entrepreneurs in Qatar will have a chance to pitch for the QBIC’s support for their fledgling businesses. Help on offer includes office space, industrial workshops, and administrative, technical and financial support. The event, which will be held at QBIC’s facility in the New Industrial Area, is open to the public. For more information and registration go here.

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