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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Weekend roundup: Speed racing, Sami Yusuf, green screenings and more

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November is pretty much finished, but the fun doesn’t stop in Qatar next month. Here’s just a sample of all the things happening around here this weekend:

Race for cash. Speed racing fans and participants should check out Qatar Mile, a two-day event that kicks off this morning at Al Khor Airstrip. Professionals and amateurs can register for QR200, and those who try to break the 300kmh barrier by car or bike could win up to QR15,000. 

The event is free to watch and runs from 9am to 5pm today and tomorrow, and will be live-streamed here. It’s organized by the Qatar Racing Club, whose CEO Fahad Behzad explains: “We are staging this event is because we don’t want people speeding on the roads. They can do that here.”

Meet a celebrity. Renowned musician Sami Yusuf will launch his new album Salaam for the first time in the Middle East in Qatar tonight. He’ll be signing the albums at Virgin Megastores in Villaggio Mall starting at 7pm. Tickets are also still on sale for his concert at Katara on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Think green. COP18’s Qatar Sustainability Expo will be in full swing this weekend at the Doha Exhibition Center. Among the free attractions, which you can check out from 11am to 9pm until Dec. 7., are the “unseen animals of Qatar” in augmented reality; live performances from the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra; and an outdoor food court, which includes free traditional Qatari food. There’s also a kid’s activity dome every day from 5p to 9p.

Watch this space for our top recommendations on what to see there. 

March for climate change. Unlike during previous COP18 conventions, environmental groups have toned down civic action at the negotiations site, instead pointing everyone toward tomorrow’s march on the Corniche.

During the demonstration, a walk that goes from 8am to 10am, the Corniche will be closed to traffic between the Sheraton and the Post Office roundabouts. For more details and to sign up to attend, go to Doha Oasis’s events page on Facebook here.

Watch free movies. The Doha Tribeca Film Festival may be over, but the Doha Film Institute is still screening environmentally-friendly films at Katara this weekend.  The free Green Screen screenings take place outside at the Esplanade. Today, the movie Home will be screened in Arabic at 6:30p and in English at 9p. Tomorrow, Winged Migration will be screened at 8:30p. More details here.

What are your plans this weekend?

Credit: Images courtesy of Qatar Racing Club’sSami Yusuf’s and Doha Oasis’s Facebook pages.

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