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Six things to do in Qatar this weekend (Jan. 28-31)

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Souq Waqif spring festival
Souq Waqif spring festival

After a chilly few weeks, it’s shaping up to be a warm and busy next few days in Qatar, with plenty of family-friendly and grown-up activities on offer, including concerts, festivals and sports tournaments.

Here are our picks:

Souq Spring Festival

Despite canceling concert performances, the annual Souq Waqif Spring Festival will be on in full swing through Feb. 6.

Souq Waqif Spring Festival
Souq Waqif Spring Festival

Festival offerings are divided into three zones – a dolphin area that features an hour-long dolphin water show, the Al Rayyan Theater showcasing a live production of Shaun the Sheep, and a Games Zone opposite Fanar.

The latter features carnival game booths, food stalls and amusement park rides that cost QR10/each.

Events run at intervals from 3:30pm to 10:30pm, with two dolphin shows at 3:30 and 6:30 pm (tickets cost QR50 and QR100); and two performances of Shaun the Sheep at 4 and 7pm (tickets cost QR100, QR150, QR200 and QR300). Shaun the Sheep performances close tonight.

For a full schedule, timings and parking spots, visit the festival’s website here.

Men’s Handball Championship

Having thrilled audiences with performances by international superstars Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, the Men’s Handball Champion will once again feature a famous artist.

Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo

American R&B singer Jason Derulo is slated to perform tonight, Jan. 28, after the quarter-final matches at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall.

Germany and Qatar are scheduled to play at 6:30pm and Denmark and Spain at 9pm, preceding the concert.

There are a handful of tickets remaining for tonight’s games, with prices ranging from QR40 to QR500. Tickets can be bought online here and guarantee seats for the post-game performance.

Fans can also buy concert tickets at the box office at Lusail from 8pm onwards tonight, though seats are subject to availability. For more information about the teams, schedule, and venues, visit the Qatar 2015 Handball website.

The Twenty Four fun zone

Located beside the Doha Golf Club, the Funzone, a new pop-up venue dedicated to art, fun and sport, will run daily from 8pm to 2am until Feb. 1, apparently as an unofficial part of Qatar’s handball entertainment.

Hot air balloons at the fun zone.
Hot air balloons at the fun zone.

Shuttle services are available to the zone from handball venues. The zone, where alcohol is being sold, is open to residents 18 years and older and offers a wide range of free activities, including bungee jumping, hot air balloon rides, billiards, air hockey tables, caricature artists, magic performances and a live graffiti artist.

Several bands are also performing over the next few days, and the 1970s R&B, soul and disco sensation Kool and the Gang will take to the stage on Feb 1.

See the full list of scheduled bands and singers here, or visit the event’s website here. A passport or Qatar ID is required to enter the venue.

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 pm at the Qatar National Convention Center. Tickets to the event cost QR100/person and can be bought online here.

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Featuring Alastair Willis as the night’s conductor, Felicitas Fuchs (soprano), Elisabeth Meister (alto), Robert Gambill (tenor), Dietrich Henschel (baritone), and the MDR Radio Choir of Leipzig, the ensemble will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125.

The event is open to residents ages six years old and over, and gates open at 6:30pm.

Arabian Drag Racing League

Spend your weekend with some fast-paced action by attending the first round of the Arabian Drag Racing League on Jan. 29 and 30 from 2pm onwards at the Qatar Racing Club.

Arabian Drag Racing League
Arabian Drag Racing League

The best and fastest car and bike racers in the region will compete over a two-month period for the title.

The event is free and open to the public, but residents are required to reserve their seats online. For more information and a full schedule, visit the event’s website, or the group’s Facebook page here.

MIA park bazaar

MIA Park bazaar
MIA Park bazaar

The Museum of Islamic Art Park will hold its weekly bazaar this Saturday, Jan. 31, from noon to 8 pm. 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 of the month through May.

For more information, visit the event’s website here.

What are your weekend plans? Thoughts?

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outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

Dolphin Shows? This is utterly disgraceful, one of the dolphins is already ill. To have performing animals at Souk Wakif, home to so many abused and exploited creatures sold for profit, truly mars a Spring Festival. What would be more appropriate at a festival celebrating New Life would be the opportunity to adopt one of the strays, currently available through the Animal Rescue groups. New life, new home, new start. Dolphins performing? Cringeworthy

MarkDoha
MarkDoha
6 years ago

Parents, take your children to witness the persecution and captivity of these intelligent mammals in Souq Waqif’s barbaric travelling dolphin exploitation show. As the world wakes up and bans this inhumane practice, don’t miss what could be one of the last chances anywhere in the world to enjoy this dying spectacle. After the show you can leave happy in the knowledge that you’ve actively participated in the misery of another species, laughing as you metaphorically wash the blood from your children’s hands.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  MarkDoha

deep

carpotied2
carpotied2
6 years ago
Reply to  MarkDoha

expecting humane treatment to animals is setting the bar far too high :-(, when the same can’t even be seen fully done to our kind.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  carpotied2

Never lower your expectations and keep that bar as high as you can. Just because its a slow process and poor treatment of fellow humans and other animals is universal, doesn’t mean we should accept it. Every time one person has a change of heart, the message spreads and things can change. I remain eternally optimistic, whilst often dragging a heavy heart

Grantley
Grantley
6 years ago

Despite the petitions and social media campaigns, animal cruelty continues at Souq Waqif. Shameful and an embarrassment to this country as it attempts to raise its profile on the international stage.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

MIA park looks cool

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

Please Doha News, remove the references to the Dolphin event. What does it take, people carrying placards, chanting in the Souk?
https://www.facebook.com/SeaShepherdCoveGuardiansOfficialPage/posts/447590698724499?fref=nf

Check out the above link which shows EXACTLY how these beautiful intelligent Mammals are captured, families torn apart, calves abandoned, older members slaughtered. It will make you weep.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Hi outdoorsboys, we’ve decided to keep the reference to the dolphin show in the post because our events roundup includes the Souq festival and this is part of it, which people have a right to know. However we are looking into the treatment of the dolphins and hope to have something up today about people’s concerns.

Richard Fairclough
Richard Fairclough
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

boo!

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Thank you Shabina, that is really appreciated. I’m sure if people were aware of how these animals have been treated to bring them here for entertainment, that attitudes might change. If you need further information please get in touch, and please follow the link I posted, it is live news feed, following the action as it is happening today, now.

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago

I would like to propose, if this awful Dolphin event is allowed to go ahead, that the profits made from the exploitation of these animals is donated in full to the Animal Rescue Groups in Qatar, who work so hard dealing with the abused and abandoned animals left on the streets by locals and expats alike.

Bo
Bo
6 years ago
Reply to  outdoorsboys

Well that’s a sound proposal – I’m sure the profiteering persons involved will get right onto it…

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
6 years ago
Reply to  Bo

I would be happier if it was cancelled, but at least my comments have made a slight difference in raising awareness of this abuse. I’ll just keep plugging away………..drip drip drip

Edgar Powell
6 years ago

Very nice and informative article, thanks for this post..

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JACKTHEHACK
JACKTHEHACK
6 years ago

YOU ALSO HAVE THE FINAL DAY OF THE FALCON FESTIVAL HAPPENING IN SEALINE ON FRIDAY.

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