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How to spend New Year’s Eve in Qatar and welcome 2015

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The New Year is just days away, and though Qatar itself isn’t big on end-of-the-year celebrations, there are still some fun and exciting ways for residents to welcome 2015.

Notably, Jan. 1 is usually declared a banking holiday, though it will still be a work day for most people.

For those still looking for ways to bring in the New Year, here are some of the events going on around town:

Musical performances

Lebanese talent

Famous Lebanese singer Myriam Fares.
Famous Lebanese singer Myriam Fares.

La Cigale will welcome singers Myriam Fares and Rabih Baroud during a night showcasing Lebanese talent at the Al Wajba Ballroom. The performance will kick off at 10:30pm, with doors opening at 9pm.

Tickets are on sale at Virgin Megastore branches at Landmark or Villaggio malls, as well as the Pearl-Qatar, or online here. Prices range from QR800 to QR1,400, depending on the seat’s proximity to the stage.

Those interested can also call La Cigale on 4428-8177 or 4428-8288.

Fire and Ice

At the Radisson Blu hotel, visitors can dine and dance to “The Ice Band,” who hail from Holland. For a price of QR660, party-goers can enjoy an international gourmet buffet and selected beverages.

Doors open at 8pm, but those attending must be 21 years and older. For more information, call Radisson Blu on 4428-1428 or 4419-5000.

Family fun

Desi circus

Families can spend their New Year’s Eve enjoying a circus themed dance party dubbed “The Great Indian Circus” at the Marriott Doha hotel.

Indian DJ Zamaika will be working the decks while circus acts show off their skills on the hotel’s beachfront. The outdoor area is set to appear like a circus arena, with acrobats, clowns, jugglers, stilt walkers, camels and street shows all providing entertainment.

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

The event begins at 9pm, and tickets cost QR150/person, though children under the age of five years old are free. Tickets bought on the night of the party will cost QR200, and VIP tickets cost QR250.

Tickets can be purchased online via Q-tickets here.

Sealine

Face painting, mascots, fire dancers, a kids’ play area, DJs and a bonfire are all to be enjoyed at Sealine Beach Resort’s “All White Party.”

For a cost of QR200, visitors will receive entry to the event, one signature drink and free transportation to and from the resort. Children aged 11 years and below can enter for free.

The party kicks off at 9pm at the grass lawn area near the beach, and tickets can be bought online via Q-tickets here.

Dining

For those who prefer to enjoy a quieter evening, there’s a ton of special dining options on offer this New Year’s Eve, the majority of them taking place at hotels. Here are our picks:

Ipanema
Ipanema

White and gold at Ipanema, Marriott Marquis

At the Marriott’s Brazilian Churrascaria (char-grill) restaurant, diners are asked to turn up dressed in white and gold and take advantage of music by Brazilian band Brazuqa. Throughout the night ‘endless’ servings of sizzling meat will also be brought to each table.

The festivities will begin at 6pm with prices starting at QR395. More information can be found here, or call the hotel on 4419-6100.

Greek plate smashing at Mykonos, Intercontinental Doha

Those looking for something different can enjoy a four-course meal at the Intercontinental Doha while listening to performances by a Greek Bouzouki band.

As the clock strikes for 2015, diners can also provide their own entertainment by taking part in a traditional, Greek plate smashing session at midnight. The winner is said to win a “Vasilopita” cake.

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

The evening will begin at 7pm. The meal costs QR395/person and includes one Kir Royale cocktail if desired. For more information, call 4484-4444 or 4484-4074.

Four-piece band at Aramede, Crowne Plaza

A gala dinner buffet and cooking stations are on offer at Crowne Plaza’s international restaurant. A four-piece band will also be providing enjoyment for diners throughout the night.

From 8pm onwards, buffet-goers can indulge for QR325. Those also wanting bubbly can enjoy selected beverages and a welcome drink for QR395. For more information, call 4408-7788.

Agora
Agora

Turkish at Agora, Grand Heritage

Those wishing to taste Turkish flavors this New Year’s Eve can enjoy a five-course set menu for QR350 at Aspire Zone’s Grand Heritage while listening to a Turkish band throughout the night.

A la carte options are also available. For more information, call 4445-5555.

Festive snack at Tea Lounge, Intercontinental Doha

Those who want something lighter can relax with live piano entertainment, cheese and drinks for QR120 at the Intercon’s Tea Lounge.

Partying

Like dining options, the number of parties taking place around town are plentiful. Again, the majority of them are being hosted at hotels. Here are some of them:

Motown at Champions, Marriott Marquis

Motown lovers are in for a treat this New Year, as live Motown melodies and disco lights are set to take center stage at Champions at the Marriot Marquis.

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

The night will kick off at 5pm, with an entrance fee of QR150. The fee includes a house beverage. For more information call 4419-6100.

Winter wonderland at Dunes, Grand Hyatt

Dunes is set to bring snow to Qatar this year with snow machines, snowflakes and spiced wines making their way into the lounge. Live music will also be on offer for those who want to take a more relaxed approach to their evening.

Table reservations are currently being taken for a cost of QR250. For more information, call 7021-8094.

Guys and Dolls at Lincoln Center, The St. Regis

JALC
JALC

Those who are fond of dressing up, and are fans of the musical Guys and Dolls, can enter a costume competition at the Lincoln Center by simply dressing up as their favorite musical star.

There will also be live music on the dance floor from Emmy Award winning jazz vocalist Gregory Generet alongside Dominick Farinacci.

The night kicks off at 9pm. Entrance costs QR200 and includes a glass of bubbly. For more information call 4446-0226.

80’s night at The Lounge, Kempinksi

Finish off 2014 reliving the 1980’s at Kempinski. Party-goers are promised a night of ‘disco fever’ and an open bar from 8pm onwards for a fee of QR895. For more information call 4405-3325.

How are you planning to spend the final hours of 2014? Thoughts?

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Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

Just look at the cost. Very expensive.

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed

LOL… Some people would try to find a reason to celebrate anything…

I don’t feel happy that the year in the Gregorian calendar increased by one… I don’t celebrate new year.
I don’t feel happy that the year in the Hijri calendar increased by one…. I don’t celebrate new year.
I don’t feel anything on the birthday of Mohammed… I don’t celebrate “al-mawlid al-nawbi”
I don’t feel anything on December 25th, not even the actual birthday of Jesus… I don’t celebrate christmas.
I don’t feel happy that I am one year older… I don’t celebrate my birthday.

I feel happy when I achieve something, when my wife achieves something, when one of my kids achieves something, and when Qatar achieves something…

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

Shukran Bro. I just broke down on reading ur comment. I mean my car broke down. I need help now. Lol…:p

Sminto Antony [sAm]
6 years ago

lol I don’t feel happy that your car broke down Saeed, but I’m gonna celebrate anyways

Peter Pickle
Peter Pickle
6 years ago

Mabrook, Mabrook ya Osama…nice post

Aqib Sharif
Aqib Sharif
6 years ago

MashaAllah well said.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

At those prices only the Lebanese will be interested in celebrating new year! I’ll be at home with a few friends and the contents of QDC to pass the hours to midnight.

You might need to explain the “All White Party” at Sealine, do you have to come dressed at the Klu Klux Klan?

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Lol

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

He needs the tickets to be expensive so he can tell all his friends……

http://llivingfreeinqatarmimh.blogspot.ca/2012/08/lebanese-man-lives-within-his-salary-in.html

Peter Pickle
Peter Pickle
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

nice read Moza ;)… as always of course.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Can you share some of that QDC

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

He mean qatar detergent company

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

You don’t say

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Sorry not allowed in Qatar, don’t want to go to jail.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

LOL

Expat77
Expat77
6 years ago

Most hotels in Doha are over rated 4 New Year events…and no good 4 those who who don’t consume alcohol….. .. Best is to stay home and watch the super fireworks at Burj khalifa on Youtube..Live streaming this year!

Blue
Blue
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat77

Super fireworks will be on then at 11 pm – what are you going to sulk on at midnight!!

Friends + finest of QDC = good times, any time, any place

Expat77
Expat77
6 years ago
Reply to  Blue

Sure QDC helps some to keep up the cheer. For others it’s either early bed or stay up n watch the fireworks at the Burj.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Blue

really??? is it the first year or I just did not know or missed them the previous times? Or have they started competing (impossible) with Dubai?

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago

Looks like there will be nothing much going on for the poor folks in and around the industrial area as perhaps new year or the festive season never comes around that area or they just have to pretend that its just going to be just another normal day. Why cant they have some places where this guys can have a celebration too and ring in the new year in good spirits and at reasonably priced outlets. You cannot expect this guys to go to the Five star outlets with their below one star salaries

KJD
KJD
6 years ago
Reply to  johnny wang

Most people won’t be taking part in any of these celebrations…. It isn’t the haves and haves not issue that you are attempting to make it. Even though I could afford these events, why would I want to? I think a private celebration of the New Year surrounded by friends or family is far preferable to being surrounded by complete strangers.

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