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Monday, May 10, 2021

Seven things to do in Qatar this weekend (May 25-28)

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Inclement weather notwithstanding, there is a lots to do around town over the next days, including concerts, a beach cleanup, a kayaking trip and a trade fair that highlights some of Qatar’s history. Here are our picks:

Nawasi

Qatar’s first camel, equestrian and falcon exhibition has launched at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Dafna near City Center Mall.

Nawasi
Nawasi

Over a hundred companies from across Europe and the Middle East are taking part in Nawasi, which hopes to showcase what international brands have to offer in the fields of camel-rearing and racing, equestrian practices and falconry.

The exhibition opens at 10am from Wednesday, May 25 to Friday, May 27. Entry is free for everybody. For more information, check out their website or call 44231245.

Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah and Lost Frequencies will perform live at the Intercontinental Doha’s beachside on Thursday, May 26. Paul Mendez, DJ Legacy and Pyrokiss will join the performers.

UK rapper Tinie Tempah
UK rapper Tinie Tempah

Regular tickets for the event cost QR350 and are QR500 each for VIP seating, and can still be purchased online. The event will start at 8pm and is open only to people ages 21 years old and above. ID will be required on entry.

Doha News members can visit community.dohanews.co for a chance to win free tickets. For people who wish to become members, please find more information here.

Kayaking trip

Sunset Moonlight Kayaking’s last trip of the season will be on Thursday, May 26. People with some kayaking experience are invited to join in on a tour around Dhow Harbor and the Museum of Islamic Arts.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only

The tour will start at 4:15pm at the Dhow Harbor near MIA and last for an hour and a half. Participants are also expected to wear appropriate swimming gear.

Tickets for the event cost QR150 for adults and QR100 for 12 and unders. They can be purchased online.

Simaisma Beach clean-up

Give back to the environment by volunteering your time at the Simaisma Beach Clean-Up on Friday, which is being organized by the Doha Beach Clean Project.

Simaisma Beach
Simaisma Beach

Simaisma is a family-friendly beach with a litter issue that affects the surrounding mangroves.

Organizers will supply trash bags and gloves, but participants are asked to bring their own food and drinks. The clean-up will start at 8am and be done by 10am.

QPO Bruch Violin Concerto

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will host their “Bruch Violin Concerto” on Saturday, May 28 at Katara’s Opera House at 7:30pm.

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The performance will have Dmitrij Kitajenko as conductor and Kolja Blacher, and include renditions of Symphony No. 4 in D Minor and Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor.

Ticket prices range from QR75 to QR200 per person and can be bought on QPO’s website. Children ages six years old and above are required their own ticket to attend.

All that Jazz

Join The Doha Singers on a journey through jazz standards as part of their annual Spring Concert, which takes place on Thursday, May 26.

The Doha Singers
The Doha Singers

The choir will perform at the Shangri-La Hotel Ballroom beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets cost QR100 for Gold seating and QR120 for Platinum seating. They can be purchased online.

For more information, check out The Doha Singers’ website.

Arabic calligraphy

Join Syrian calligrapher Nasser al- Hamwi as he gives a workshop on the art of Arabic calligraphy at Katara this weekend.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only

The workshop aims to encourage beginners to discover the beauty of Arabic calligraphy through practical exercises based on demonstrating how to create Roqaa calligraphy. Classes will also give some historical background to the Roqaa writing style, which is the most common style for Arabic calligraphy.

The workshop costs QR500, and only 10 seats are available per session. The sessions run throughout the weekend from Thursday to Saturday, May 26 to 28, at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased on Katara’s website.

Bonus:

  • State Mosque visit: Bin Zaid is organizing a free tour of the Abdul Wahhab mosque on Friday, May 27 from 4:30pm to 6pm.
    Those interested in learning more about the mosque’s architectural styles and history – or just wishing to take a look around – can sign up by sending their name, gender, nationality and contact number to culture@islam.gov.qa or calling them at 44250239.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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