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Seven things to do in Qatar this weekend (April 22-25)

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Kareena Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor

It’s going to be hot and a bit dusty again this weekend, but there are still plenty of activities to check out around town, from dune bashing to kids’ events to a special appearance from an Indian film star. Here are the highlights:

Bollywood actress visit

Indian superstar Kareena Kapoor will be in Qatar tomorrow, April 23, to inaugurate the sixth showroom of Malabar Gold and Diamonds.

She is scheduled to appear at Lulu Hypermarket (D-Ring Branch) at 6:30 pm for the opening ceremony. If the reception she got last week in Abu Dhabi is any indication, expect traffic in the area to be extremely heavy as her many fans turn up to catch a glimpse.

Rainbow Park for kids

UPDATE: This event has been postponed indefinitely.

The Pearl-Qatar is opening a “Rainbow Park” tomorrow, April 23, at 18 and 1 La Croissette in Porto Arabia.

The venue will feature colorful sand pits and other rainbow-themed activities and sections, where children can build sand castles, play and interact with each other. The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 10am to 8pm daily until May 16.

Inland Sea open drive

A local group is hosting a trip to the Inland Sea this weekend and inviting residents out for a day of dune-bashing, BBQ and fun.

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

Participants will learn safe dune driving techniques during the event. Those who wish to attend are requested to meet up with the group at Sealine at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 24, where the team will leave for the dunes via different routes for experienced and non-experienced drivers.

While the event is free, residents are required to have 4×4 cars, as smaller vehicles cannot be driven over the dunes, and are requested to bring their own BBQ, drinks, chairs and any other necessary tools.

Those without a 4×4 car, can hitch a ride via the event’s Facebook page here.

QMMF Sealine cross-country rally

Photo of Sealine beach for illustrative purposes only.
Photo of Sealine beach for illustrative purposes only.

Join some of the best local motorsport riders as they take part in the QMMF Sealine Cross-Country Rally from April 22 to 24 at the Sealine Beach Resort.

While the event began last Saturday, residents can still catch the 3rd, 4th, and 5th legs of the race, along with the closing ceremony on April 24 for free. For more information, visit the event’s website here, or view a detailed schedule here.

Ezdan Mall kids’ day

Keep tiny tots and toddlers busy this weekend with free loom band, play-doh, planting and fruit-cutting workshops from April 23 to 25 at Ezdan Mall.

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

The free activities also include face painting, kiddie fitness and a larger-than-life snake and ladder game, along with cotton candy and ice-cream treats. Children will also be entered into a daily raffle draw, with prizes drawn from 8:30 to 9pm. For more information, visit the mall’s Facebook page here.

Theater at the MIA

Students at Northwestern University in Qatar are putting on a free theater performance of Today’s Lesson: Pearls from the Past at 7pm tonight, April 22, at the Museum of Islamic Art.

The hour-long original musical, featuring music by Dana Al Fardan, is the final product of a Creative Collaboration course. The play follows the journey of three unruly schoolgirls as they venture into the past and explores themes of pearl diving, education and human growth.

Residents are welcome to attend the show’s closing performance, and reserve their seats online here.

Islamic geometry workshop

The Katara Cultural Center is hosting an Islamic geometry workshop on April 24 from 4 to 6pm at the Art Studios (Building 19).

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

The workshops, which cost QR150 per person, are open to residents ages 16 years old and over, and will cover the basics of Islamic geometry and pattern-making. To book a seat, email your name and contact details to education@katara.net or call the Katara Education Center at 44080233.

MIA Park bazaar

MIA Park bazaar
MIA Park bazaar

This is one of the last weekends before summer that the Museum of Islamic Art Park will hold its weekly bazaar, on Saturday, April 25, from noon to 8pm. A homage to the old souqs of yore, the bazaar features some 150 stalls selling clothes, accessories, arts, crafts, décor and the like.

The event is free and open to the public and will continue to be held every Saturday through May until May 2. For more information, visit the event’s website here.

Bonus:

  • Hand Puppet Family Workshop: Katara Art Studios is hosting a cloth hand puppet family workshop at Building 19 tomorrow, April 23. Three sessions of the workshop, which costs QR30, will be held on the hour from 5 to 7pm. To register a spot, email education@katara.net, or call 44081357 or 44080233.
  • Peter and the Wolf performance: The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting a one-time performance of Peter and the Wolf at the German International School tomorrow, April 23, at 4pm. Tickets to the event cost QR50 for adults and QR25 for children, and are available at the school’s reception.

What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?

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Tony Katana
Tony Katana
5 years ago

Your things to do in Qatar are like the most boring and annoying things ever. They sound more like chores to do in Qatar!

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  Tony Katana

This is only for tourists, Tony. Those who have been living here for longer don’t need those ‘boring’ suggestions.

Michael L
Michael L
5 years ago

Enlighten us …. What exciting/ interesting things should we be up to ?

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael L

I don’t know what is exciting for you, Michael. Getting a bunch of good people together, take them to some special places. Swim, dance, grill, drink and eat, make music together, stay overnight, see the sun rise in the morning, meet friendly strangers who’ve caught a lot of fish overnight, It depends, but you should do what you like to do, and not what others say you should do.

Jabir.A.T
5 years ago

Opening of jewelry & Kareena’s visit – news or ad? is it really important for DN to include in “One of 7 things to do in Qatar”, Pathetic!!!

CAF
CAF
5 years ago
Reply to  Jabir.A.T

You might not know who Kareen Kapoor is but a significant number of people who make up the largest demographic in Qatar, Indians, would certainly know her and be interested. She’s here for the store opening of course, but that doesn’t mean many people won’t want to see her or, in my case, want to avoid that area completely as it will be a mad house.

Jabir.A.T
5 years ago
Reply to  CAF

well… You seem to have missed the point, Its not about whether Kareena is important or demographic presence here. The whole article appeared to be an advertisement (with all necessary ingredients), and I personally feel DN could’ve avoided using its platform to publicize the opening of a jewelry outlet which obviously is not one of important things to do in Qatar during this weekend.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  CAF

They forgot this is an Indian country

Observant One
Observant One
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Yep, sure is. A province of India.

muhammed
muhammed
5 years ago
Reply to  Jabir.A.T

well said…

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
5 years ago
Reply to  Jabir.A.T

Well, she has a sizable fan base, both Indian and otherwise, and some of those fans would certainly love the chance to see her in person. No need to be so nitpicky.

Jabir.A.T
5 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

@qatari75:disqus Please read my comments again…no one has questioned the right of her fans to see her or the size of her fanbase. The question( I repeat, the question) was why was this event listed – along with the name of jewelry outlet- as one of the 7 things to be done during weekend. If DN was keen to save us from getting stuck in traffic due to Kareena’s visit – then, this could have been published as a news/notification – not like a paid ad. And you have no reason to force me to believe that this was not a paid news either. Period

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
5 years ago
Reply to  Jabir.A.T

Okay, let’s try this one more time; I found out about this event by reading about it here. If I were a fan, then going to this event might be something that I would do. Not sure why you’re getting all worked up about this though.

Expat
Expat
5 years ago

Each week when I read this article I contemplate whether or not I should write a comment that says “Yawn!” but this week I there is no hesitation so:

Yawn!!

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

Nah. Think I’ll just spend the weekend outside in the sunshine – oh hang on I can’t….Interestingly, looking at the dates the weekend seems to last 4 days. I shall mention it to my employer who has obviously been hiding this fact from me since I took up the post.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

You forgot one thing. Kareena is meeting me in the Irish bar later that night. I ask all to respect our privacy

Roheena Maqsood
Roheena Maqsood
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Sad….nobody cares…enjoy urself alone

Sukumar Palmal
Sukumar Palmal
5 years ago

Plan for next week. I will take care about you.

Roheena Maqsood
Roheena Maqsood
5 years ago
Reply to  Sukumar Palmal

What!

zeit
zeit
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Atleast allow her to speak. Dont bombard her with stupid comments like the ones you display on DN.

Simon
Simon
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Good one!

MIAQatar
MIAQatar
5 years ago

A small correction – the last MIA Park Bazaar will be on 2 May.

Rashid Al-Mohanadi
Rashid Al-Mohanadi
5 years ago

I did not know DN was very good at native advertising… 😉

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago

We didn’t get paid for the Kareena Kapoor mention. Trust me, even if you don’t care she’s coming, thousands of other people do – and at least we’ve saved you from getting stuck in traffic! Here’s a pic from the crowd in Abu Dhabi when she was there last week.

Coco
Coco
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

How did it go in Doha? Why did you close the thread? I didn’t get a chance to say something 🙁

Awaywiththefaeries
Awaywiththefaeries
5 years ago

Why not see Mark Ronson?

Charlotte Grey
Charlotte Grey
5 years ago

Really like this weekly post. Always find nice new ideas of things to do with my family 🙂

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