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January: A cornucopia of Qatar events

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With the holidays behind us, January can be a depressing month for many people.

Fortunately, for those of us who live in Qatar, the weather is gorgeous and there is not shortage of things to do this month.

Here’s a short list of what’s going on in January – please feel free to add your own ideas and thoughts!

  • Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2012. Tickets are still on sale for this annual tennis tournament, which starts today and runs until Jan. 7 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. Among those competing: Last year’s champion Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils and Nikolay Davydenko, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2010 champion. Visit the Qatar Tennis Federation for more information.
  • Doha Trade Fair. Billed “Qatar’s biggest shopping festival,” the 10-day fair, which kicked off yesterday, is being held at the Doha Exhibition Center, running from 11am to 10pm daily and from 2pm to 10pm on Friday. More than 570 exhibitors from 29 countries are selling everything from household items to toys, gadgets and electronics; perfume and cosmetics; to clothes and food. The fair claims to have a website, but it doesn’t appear to be up yet.
  • Museum of Islamic Art Park opens. The MIA’s long-awaited park opens this Friday (Jan. 6). All are invited to enjoy entertainment, children activities and new facilities at Doha’s new green area on the Corniche. The festivities will run from 2pm to 11pm. More information is available on Facebook.
  • Al Khor Aviation show. Enjoy aircraft and acrobatic shows at the Fifth Fly-in Open Day at Al Khor Airstrip on Jan. 13 and 14 from 9am to 4:30pm. Qatar Aeronautical College officials will be present at the free event to provide information on scholarships and a career in aviation. More info is here
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