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Six things to do in Qatar this weekend (Oct. 19-22)


Outdoor karting at Losail
Outdoor karting at Losail

From go-karting to cuddling with stray animals to shopping at the first farmer’s market of the season to mingling with Doha News members, there’s lots to do in Qatar over the next few days.

Here are our picks:

Karting and mini moto

Starting tomorrow, Oct. 20, Losail Circuit Sports Club will offer 15-minute karting sessions from 5 to 10pm.

The sessions are open to anyone over the age of 15, but those under 18 years old will need a signed permission form from a legal guardian.

Tickets cost QR100 per karting session and are available at the venue. An additional non-refundable QR15 is required to purchase a helmet mask.

Participants interested in mini moto (which also runs on a separate track from 5pm to 10pm) should bring their own bikes and safety equipment.

More information can be found on the club’s website. 

Community meetup

Want to meet the Doha News team? Have any feedback for us?

Please join us for our fifth annual community meeting this Saturday, Oct. 22.

Doha News 5th Community Meetup

The event will be held at the Shangri-La Doha Hotel in West Bay from 3pm to 5pm.

Free beverages, pastries and sandwiches will be served. Some attendees will also have the chance to win some vouchers and other prizes.

The event is free and open to all, but please register so we can have a handle on how many people are coming.

Shelter Open Day

Animal lovers can volunteer to walk dogs, donate pet food and rescue some of the 350 animals at the Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) this Friday, Oct. 21.

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

The Shelter Open Day will also include a bric-a-brac and book sale, along with some QAWS merchandise.

Those interested in donating food are requested to buy Purina Dog and Cat Chew. Entry is free for all, and more information can be found on Facebook.

Farmer’s markets

Qatar’s popular farmers’ markets are reopening early this year.

Starting tomorrow, fresh, locally grown produce will be sold in Al Wakrah, at Al Mazrouah Yard near Umm Salal stadium and in Al Khor at the Al Dhakira yard.

Al Mazrouah Yard
Al Mazrouah Yard

Offerings will include fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat from 80 farms across the country, as well as local honey, poultry, livestock, flowers and plants.

The sites have been upgraded to include air conditioning in areas where the fruit and vegetables are sold. The fish section at Al Khor-Dhakira market will also be air-conditioned.

The markets are open three days a week – Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7am until 5pm, with a break for prayers on Fridays.

Jewelry exhibition

Katara Cultural Village is holding a modern jewelry exhibition in cooperation with the Embassy of Portugal in Qatar.

The exhibition “Art Convergence” will be held at Building 22, and will run from today (Oct. 19) to Oct. 31.

Tonight’s opening runs from 7pm to 10pm, but the exhibition should be open from noon to midnight starting tomorrow. The event is free and open to the public.

Autumn market

Some early fall goodies, artwork, clothing, souvenirs and handcrafted items will be on sale at the annual Doha Mums Autumn Market on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The event will be held from 11am to 4pm at the Raddison Blu Hotel and include some 90 local and Dubai-based vendors.

Doha Mums Autumn Market
Doha Mums Autumn Market

Entry tickets cost QR20 per adult and are available on the day of the event. Shoppers who wish to avoid large crowds can buy QR50 entry tickets and come at 10am.

Note: Strollers are not recommended due to the crowded space and the event will not host activities for children.

More information can be found on the Facebook event.


Souq Waqif tour: Check out what’s on at the Souq besides restaurants and souvenirs by taking a tour with Embrace Doha. Qataris will offer a glimpse into the souq’s history during the event, which is on Oct. 21 from 5 to 7pm. Tickets include a meal and cost QR250 per person at the door, but online registration is required to book a seat. More info is here.

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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