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Monday, September 27, 2021

Six things to do in Qatar this weekend (Aug. 10-13)

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From a night of Filipino and Qatari cultural performances to scuba diving in Sealine to salsa dancing classes, there are quite a few things going on in Qatar over the next few days.

Here are our picks:

Sunset kayaking

Local eco-tourism firm Entalek is hosting a full day of events on Friday, featuring a combination of pottery-making workshops, a late lunch and sunset kayaking.

Sunset kayaking
Sunset kayaking

Participants will first meet at Al Thakhira at 2pm and head out to the pottery studio from there. All events will finish by 7:30pm.

A traditional lunch of Arabic cuisine with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be provided. Tickets cost QR285 per person.

For more information and to book your place, see Entalek’s website.

Performances in the park

Join the Ministry of Culture and Sports (MOCS) this weekend for two nights of live entertainment, games, competitions and food at Dahl al Hammam park near Landmark Mall.

The events are being held on Thursday and Friday of this week from 6:30pm to 11pm and are open to all.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

On Thursday, a Fillipino performance group will take the stage and traditional Filipino food will be served throughout to educate residents on the culture.

And on Friday, there will be Qatari cultural performances and traditional food and drinks.

‘Street Madness’

As part of the annual month-long summer festival, the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is hosting several events for children and families throughout the month of August.

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

This weekend, there will be a “Street Madness” tournament. The men’s only competition features several sports activities including short football matches led by social media influencers, with in-between break performances by comedians and artists.

The event will take place on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Al Gharafa Sports Club, and doors open at 4pm.

Ticket prices start at QR25 and are being sold at all Virgin Megastore branches. They can be bought online here.

‘Words of August’

Local spoken word group Words and Strings will be hosting its seventh evening of poetry, spoken word and music at the Katara Art Center this Friday.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The event will take place from 6pm to 8pm

Tickets are free, but attendees are asked to register online here. Check out the event’s website for more information.

Scuba diving courses

Anyone whose wondered what the world beneath the waves looks like can sign up to get their own scuba diving certification starting this Friday.

Sealine Beach Resort is now offering scuba diving courses in which participants obtain a certification with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) – the world’s leading scuba diving training organization.

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Participants will pay a total fee of QR2,000 per person to partake in weekly diving classes. The fee covers both knowledge review books and the necessary diving equipment.

Instruction takes place every Friday at Sealine’s Golden Beach starting at 5am.

The duration of the course will be negotiated on a case by case basis, depending on the participant’s learning abilities. Courses will take place for a minimum of four hours a day. Group discounts may be offered, depending on the number of participants per group.

Those interested can email ahmedsamir079@hotmail.com. More information is here.

Salsa classes for beginners

Take the edge off the work week by joining entertainment company Salsa ‘n Candela for a beginner’s salsa class this Friday.

Salsa night
Salsa night

Classes will be held on the second floor of the Beverly Hills Tower at the B Aptitude Spa from 8pm to 9pm every Friday, for a set price of QR65 per class. Participants can pay at the door.

For more information, visit Salsa n Candela’s Facebook page.

Bonus:

  • Coloring workshop at Mathaf: Before summer vacation ends, the Arab Museum of Modern Art (Mathaf) is offering free coloring workshops for children between five and 10 years old, where they get to learn the basics of coloring and mixing of primary colors. Workshops are held every Tuesday and Thursday starting this week and repeat for four weeks. For more information, visit Mathaf’s Facebook page.
  • Mohammed Rateb al-Nabulsi: This popular Syrian scholar and professor will give a sermon titled “Our Way to Allah” on Thursday at the Katara Drama Theater, located in Building No. 16 at 8:30pm. Children under the age of seven are not allowed. A separate section for ladies will be available.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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