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Six things to do in Qatar this Ramadan weekend (Jun 9 – 11)


Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

With Ramadan underway, there are plenty of events happening across the country this weekend to help residents celebrate the holy month.

Live entertainment, special retail exhibitions as well as various religious and spiritual activities are all on offer over the next few days.

Here are our picks:

QF Ramadan activities

Qatar Foundation is hosting daily activities across Education City for the month of Ramadan for families and children.

Education City
Education City

Religious activities, including lessons and prayers, will be held after Suhoor and Taraweeh prayers at the Education City Mosque in Qatar Faculty of Islamic Arts’ campus, as well as after Asr prayers at the Msheireb Mosque in in central Doha.

The Education City Mosque will also offer food at Maghrib prayers for those who wish to break their fast.

Elsewhere, Oxygen Park will be open to the public from Thursday to Saturday, from 8pm until midnight, and will feature various sports activities.

UPDATE: These activities have been postponed due to the weather:

Al Shaqab will also organize an Equine Education Camp in its indoor arena for children and teenagers. It will also host activities for Garangao, a traditional children’s festival, on June 17 with traditional games.

Freej Aspire 2016

Freej Aspire offers traditional activities, shopping, food outlets, kids’ sports and live entertainment for families.

Freej Aspire 2016
Freej Aspire 2016

The events will be held at Freej Aspire, an open-air and climate-cooled facility, located just east of Khalifa International Stadium, a few blocks north of Al Waab Street. It will start from 9:30pm and run until midnight every day from Saturday, June 11 to 19.

For more information, check out its website.

Ramadan Souq

The annual Ramadan Souq will take place from June 11 to 24 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. This year, the souq will host more than 250 local and international companies offering fashion and household products, antiques and carpets.

The souq will open from 11am to 3pm, and 8pm to 1am on Saturday to Thursday. On Fridays, the souq will open from 8pm to 1am.

Children's mini football at DECC
Children’s mini football at DECC

Daily religious and cultural events will be held at the center from 9:30pm until 11:30pm. It will feature scholars from Qatar and across the GCC region.

Children of all ages will also be able to attend a gaming area including activities such as karting and mini-football, which will be open from 2pm to 2am, daily.

Football enthusiasts will also be able to watch UEFA Euro 2016 matches live at Ramadan Souq Food Court, which will offer light snacks.

Stargazing and kayaking

Local eco-tourism firm Entalek is giving residents the opportunity to spend an evening under the stars while on the water this weekend.

Al Thakhira Beach
Al Thakhira Beach

On June 10 and 11, Entalek is organizing a paddle workout with a star gazing activity led by an astronomy specialist.

The event will be held at Al Thakhira and a BBQ set up will be provided. The event will start at 9pm. Tickets cost QR200 per person.

For more information and to book a ticket online, check out its website.

Ramadan cricket tournament

Ibn Ajayan Projects and the Ministry of Culture and Sports are organizing a T20 Cricket Tournament. The tournament series began on June 2 but will run for the whole month, until July 5, at the Asian Town Cricket Stadium.

Cricket at Asian Town, seen in 2014.
Cricket at Asian Town, seen in 2014.

Some 16 national teams, spread into two groups, will participate in 63 matches. There will be two matches played daily, starting around 7pm and running until 2am.

The winning team receives the Ibn Ajayan Trophy along with a prize of QR50,000.

The runner up team wins QR 25,000 with a trophy. There also awards for “Man of the Match,” “Best Batsman,” “Best All-Rounder,” and “Best Bowler.”

Ramadan sports festival

Aspire Zone Foundation will be organizing 13 various sports competitions for all ages and genders to stress the importance of exercising and physical activity.

Ramadan Sports Festival 2016
Ramadan Sports Festival 2016

Competitions for men will include: basketball, football, volleyball, and beach soccer.

Tennis competitions will be held for adults and young women. The Aspire Dome will also hold a table tennis tournament for persons with special needs.

The table tennis for persons with special needs will accommodate wheelchair users as well as those with hearing, visual and mental disabilities. For more information, send an email to hussain-hd@hotmail.com.

The activities will be held from June 10 to June 24, from 11am to 4pm, and from 9:30pm to 11:30pm. For more information on registering for events, and when exactly each event will take place, check out its website.


  • Losail Circuit Sports Club’s Karting and Mini Moto track will be open from 8:30pm to 11:30 pm in Ramadan. Registration will close at 11pm. The track will be open every Thursday and Friday until July 1.

What are your plans for the weekends? Thoughts?

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