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Friday, January 21, 2022

National Sports Day round-up – how to spend your holiday


Not wanting to be known as the fattest nation on Earth, Qatar is taking tomorrow’s new national holiday very seriously.

Hundreds of activities have been organized for the upcoming National Sports Day, and will be held at over two dozen venues across Qatar.

This is in part a testament to residents’ desire to get in shape, and in part because both public and private sector entities are required by law to commemorate the new holiday.

Here are four free, public places to go if you want to partake in tomorrow’s fitness frenzy (a marathon sleep session doesn’t count!):

  • Katara Cultural Village: Outdoor basketball, table tennis, aerobics classes and cycling (bikes provided on a first-come, first-serve basis) are among the many activities on offer here, starting from 10am and running until 5pm. There will also be movie screenings in the evening. Find the full list of things to do here; keep in mind that some activities will require pre-registration.
  • Aspire Zone: A 3.6 km “Fun Run” around the Aspire Zone precinct, a kid-friendly Football Fan Zone and exercise classes for adults (including Zumba) are expected to draw in the crowds tomorrow. See the full list of things to do here; keep in mind that some activities will require pre-registration.
  • Corniche: This will be home base for the Qatar Olympic Committee’s Sports Zone. Head here to check out a parade, fireworks, eat at a healthy food court and play football, tennis and basketball, among other things. More information is available here
  • MIA Park: Martial arts, “human Foosball,” kids games and live performances are the main attractions here. The activities run from 9am until 7pm. See the full list of things to do here and here.

Companies are also organizing tons of activities for their staff and family members, so be sure to inquire about what’s on offer at the workplace.

Anyone have suggestions on how to spend our Tuesday holiday?

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