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Posted On: 24 November 2021 06:35 pm
Updated On: 2 December 2021 10:07 am

10 events in Qatar this December you shouldn't miss out on

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With things slowly going back to normal and with one year to go before the much-awaited FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar is once again buzzing with activities and events. But what are the events you shouldn't miss out on before the year ends?

From concerts to food festivals, to football tournaments, there'll be something new to do with friends and family. The (ILQ) team has compiled a list of the events you should add to your social calendar this December 2021. Check them out below!

Disclaimer: Bookmark this link as we'll be adding more information about certain events. Events are subject to change as per the organizers.

As per COVID-19 restrictions set by the government, please make sure to abide by the precautionary measures such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, showing your Ehteraz green status, and frequent hand washing.

Qatar International Food Festival 2021

Qatar International Food Festival 2019
Image used for representation purposes only, Image credit: Qatar Calendar

The most awaited food festival is finally back this year. This time, you'll be able to enjoy Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) both at Al Bidda Park and Corniche Road. Aside from a wide variety of food and beverages from different cuisines, foodies can enjoy other activities such as live cooking, exciting competitions, masterclasses, carnival games, fireworks, live music, and much more at the Qatar International Food Festival 2021.


  • Location: Al Bidda Park & Corniche Road
  • Date:
    • 26 November 2021 - 17 December 2021 (Al Bidda Park)
    • 26 November 2021 - 3 December 2021 (Corniche Road)
  • Time: Weekdays: 3 pm - 11 am; Weekends: 3 pm - 1 am
  • Entrance fee: FREE - No entrance fee
  • Fireworks: 9 pm (For updated schedule, please check @qatarcalendar on Instagram)
  • QIFF Cooking Theatre: 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with 2+ demonstrations, events, and/or competitions per day
  • How to get there:
    • Use the metro to arrive at the Al Bidda Station to conveniently reach the venue. To facilitate the flow of visitors, metro will run until 3 a.m. during the duration of the festival.
    • Parking space alloted at Car Park 5 of Al Bidda Park will be limited

FIFA Arab Cup 2021™

fifa arab cup 2021 trophy qatar
Image credit: FIFA

The first FIFA pan-Arab football tournament is starting at the end of November, giving everyone a glimpse of what to expect one year later at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™ will host 16 teams from across the Arab world in six #Qatar2022 stadiums. Aside from the matches, there will also be different fan activations in Corniche.

Those attending FIFA Arab Cup™ matches will experience pre and post-match activations around five tournament venues: Al Bayt, Ahmad Bin Ali, Al Janoub, Al Thumama, and Stadium 974. This will include music, dance, folklore, and other performances from communities representing Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco, Sudan, and others. Cultural activations will be located in the last mile area and metro/bus stations near the stadiums, with a total of 200 performances in 60 locations set to take place during the tournament.

Away from the tournament venues, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy some exciting activations along the Doha Corniche. Numerous performances will take place on three mini-stages along the Corniche at the Qatar International Food Festival, with performers coming from local communities that represent the participating teams in the tournament. Corniche activities will be open to the public on weekdays from 6 PM to 10 PM and on weekends from 5 PM to 12 AM until Friday 3 December.


  • Locations: Al Bayt Stadium, Stadium 974, Al Thumama Stadium, Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Education City Stadium, Al Janoub Stadium
  • Date: 30 November 2021 - 18 December 2021
  • Time: Match times vary
  • Ticket Purchase: Online

Festive Lights of Doha

Qatar citizens and residents will be treated to eight interactive installations, 1 musical water show and the largest ever monumental LED installation in Qatar, according to the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads & Public Places. The light and sound shows will be held at the Corniche from Al Masrah Park to Pearl Monument, from 26 November to 19 December, coinciding with the Qatar International Food Festival.


  • Location: Doha Corniche
  • Date: 26 November 2021 - 19 December 2021
  • Timing: 4 pm to 12 am (each installation has different timings)
doha festive lighting qatar 2021
Image credit: Ashghal Qatar

Qatar National Day 2021

qatar national day 2021 parade
Have you watched the Qatar National Day Parade live?

Although Darb Al Saai activities are still cancelled this year, Qatar National Day will be celebrated across the country through various events and yearly activities such as the National Parade.

  • Date: 18 December 2021
  • More information to follow

Katara 11th Traditional Dhow Festival

katara traditional dhow festival 2021
Image credit: Katara Qatar

Aside from Qatar, nine countries (Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Greece, India, Zanzibar and Turkey) will be participating in this year's Katara Traditional Dhow Festival, which highlights Qatar's ancestral maritime traditions.

This year's edition will see a number of competitions such as the 'Nahma' competition (Arab singing tradition), Haddaq Al-Saif (fishing), storytelling and Fine Arts competitions. There will also be traditional stage shows, handicrafts workshops, live music, artistic performances, and food from various cuisines.


  • Location: Katara Beach esplanade
  • Date: 30 November to 18 December
  • Time: 9 am to 12 pm; 3 pm to 10 pm; Weekend: until 11 pm; Friday: opens 3 pm

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live

hot wheels monster trucks live qatar
Image credit: Virgin Megastore Tickets

See real-life versions of the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys at this event! This event will also feature a special appearance from the high-flyers of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, Freestyle Motocross. Enjoy smashing, crashing, epic monster truck competitions, and experience over-the-top action!


  • Location: Lusail Arena, Qatar
  • Date: 8 December 2021 - 11 December 2021
  • Time: 3 pm - 9 pm
  • Ticket Purchase: Online (Virgin Megastore Tickets)
  • Price: Bronze - QR 75; Silver - QR 125; Gold - QR 175; Platinum - QR 300; Hot Ticket Package - QR 350; Suite Hospitality - QR 650; Box Hospitality - QR 850

Fireworks at The Torch Doha

the torch doha fireworks qatar december 2021
Image credit: Aspire Zone

Watch the spectacular fireworks show from The Torch Doha Hotel the night before the Qatar National Day!


  • Location: The Torch Doha Hotel, Aspire Zone
  • Date: 17 December
  • More information to follow

Qatar Live 2021 concerts

qatar live 2021 concerts
Image credit: Visit Qatar

High-profile Arab artists will be performing live and serenading everyone with their musical hits for this year's Qatar Live.

December 5

Magida El Roumi

December 9 (SOLD OUT)

  • Abdallah Al Rowaished
  • Assala Nasri
  • Mutref Al Mutref

December 16

  • Assi El Hallani
  • Myriam Fares
  • Salah Al Zadjali

December 17

  • Fahad Al Kubaisi
  • Asma Lamnawar


  • Location: Doha Exhibition and Convention Center
  • Date: 2 December 2021 - 17 December 2021
  • Time: 8 pm - 11:59 pm
  • Ticket Purchase: Online

Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition

HEYA Arabian Fashion Exhibition
Image credit: Qatar Calendar

From fashion shows, forums, to workshops, there's something for all fashionistas at the Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition. You'll be able to view the latest collections from international and up-and-coming local designers and view more than 150 exhibitors from Qatar, Turkey, and the Arab world.


  • Location: Doha Exhibition Convention Center
  • Date: 12 December 2021 - 17 December 2021
  • Entrance fee: FREE - Registration required

Qatar Balloon Festival 2nd edition

qatar balloon festival 2021
Image credit: Qatar Balloon Festival

The Qatar Balloon Festival is also back this December with over 30 balloons of varying shapes. People can also book a hot air balloon ride at reduced prices during the 10-day festival. There will also be plenty of entertainment as well as food and beverage options.


  • Location: Aspire Park
  • Date: 9 December 2021 - 18 December 2021
  • Entrance fee: FREE - No tickets needed
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride: QR 299 (Terms and conditions apply) at booth located at the Doha Festival City Mall from 26 November 2021

BONUS: Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five 2021- Qatar National Qualifier & Final

Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five returns to Qatar in a special edition where the winners will represent Qatar on home turf at this year’s World Finals.


  • Location: Qatar Foundation, Aspire, Msheireb Downtown Doha
  • Date: 26 November 2021 - 10 December 2021
  • Price: FREE - Registration required

Which of these events are you most excited about? Don't forget to share this with your friends and family!

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