Weekend Radar (August 15 – 17)
French Country Brunch: Take your Doha Fridays slow. Begin it with a hearty French Country Brunch at La Varenne, which will comprise a selection of French baked items and appetizers along with Rotisserie and classic dishes as well as scrumptious French desserts to sweeten the deal. Oh la la! Bet you couldn’t ask for a better start to your weekend! For reservations, call 4499 0680 or visit La Varenne’s website for more information.
When: Every Friday, 12 noon to 4pm; Where: La Varenne, Tornado Tower
Cigars, Weekend Roast and more: Make your weekend in Qatar uber-special. The Ritz Carlton is offering 25% savings on hand rolled cigars from all selections this month at Habanos. There’s also a Saturday’s roast available on Saturday evenings with a choice of roasted prime beef, lamb or chicken with Yorkshire pudding, chips and vegetables for QR120 per portion. For reservations or more information, call 4484 8504 or email them.
When & Where: Ritz Carlton – Weekend Roast at Admiral’s Club (Every Saturday, 6pm to 10pm); Handrolled cigars (Habanos, every Thursday and Friday, 5pm to 1am)
Shopping, Workshops & Exhibitions
Creating Mashrabiya Art Patterns: Families with kids can enjoy a workshop on creating the mashrabiya, a traditional Arabian ornate screen window. It is an activity kids and parents can enjoy together too. Register for the event by 7pm on Friday through this Eventbrite page. Attendance is priced at QR75 per child.
When: Friday, August 16, 8pm to 9.30pm; Where: Katara Art Center, Building 5
Wanasa Entertainment City: Enjoy a host of entertainment activities, food and shopping for kids and adults at the Wanasa Entertainment City this weekend in Qatar. Learn more about the event at the Wanasah Facebook page.
When: Everyday until September 15, Opens 10am; Where: Doha Exhibition Center
MIA Walk-in Gallery Tours: The Museum of Islamic Arts is offering free guided tours of its galleries in English and Arabic on Thursdays and Saturdays. Learn more about all the exhibits and ask all the questions you have. No prior booking required, just show up at the museum.
When: Every Thursday and Saturday, beginning August 15 at 2pm; Where: Museum of Islamic Arts
Traditional Pop-Up: View the works of local and regional fashion designers based on seasonal themes at the Traditional Pop-Up organized by Katara Art Centre. For more information, call 4408 0244 or email them.
When: Everyday until August 17; Where: Katara Art Center, Building 5
Sports & Fitness
Watch Live Football: On Friday and Saturday, sit back with some good beverages and snacks and watch your favourite sporting events being screened live at Champions Sports Bar at the Renaissance City Center Hotel Doha.
When: Friday & Saturday, opens at 5pm; Where: Champions, Renaissance City Center Hotel Doha
Workout at Sheraton Doha: After a long break, it’s time for new weekend routines. Enjoy a variety of exercise workouts including indoor cycling, yoga and Pilates, step power and aikido. For reservations and class fees, call 4485 4600.
When: Indoor Cycling (Friday, 10am to 11.30am); Yoga & Pilates (Saturday – 9am to 10.30am); Step Power (Saturday, 10pm to 11pm); Aikido (Saturday, 6.30pm to 8pm); Where: Sheraton Doha
Music & Performing Arts
Listen to a Qanun player: At the Diplomatic Club’s Al Sayyad restaurant, enjoy a delectable selection of oriental Mezze and sizzling dishes along with soothing tunes by a Qanun player.
Call 4484 7412 or email for reservations.
When: Every Night; Where: Al Sayyad, Diplomatic Club
Independence Day celebrations: The Indian and Pakistani Independence Day celebrations will take place on Thursday, August 15 at Sealine Beach Resort. There will be musicians performing from both countries as well as traditional food and game kiosks. Tickets are priced at QR250 (families), QR150 (singles), QR100 (special entrance fee for Indian and Pakistani passport holders after 7pm) and QR235 per person for entrance and a lavish Indian buffet dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the main entrance of the resort on the day of the event. For more information, call 4476 5249 or email them.
When: Thursday, August 15, 7pm to Midnight; Where: Sealine Beach Resort