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Posted On: 7 March 2017 08:32 am
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Things To Do in Doha this week: March 5 - March 12

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We have exciting events lined up for you this week! From film talks and screenings to dragon boat festivals, and more! We’ve got you covered! Our events list will be out every Sunday. Keep following ILQ for more event updates and information!

March 5 Sunday - March 12 Sunday

Qumra Film Festival talks — Sunday-Tuesday

The Qumra Film Festival has kicked off this week with the screening of fantastic films! Not only are there screenings, but there will also be exclusive talks with some of the film industry’s bigwigs, such as Mike Reiss one of the lead screenwriters on the Simpsons. In conjunction with Northwestern University in Qatar, Qumra Talks offers new perspectives into areas that are redefining the film and media industry.

Here are some of the talks that will be taking place during the week:

Qumra Talks 1: International Digital Distribution and Marketing

On March 5, Under the Milky Way CEO Pierre Alexandre Labelle, Front Row Filmed Entertainment Managing Director Gianluca Chakra, and Iflix Head of Middle East and North Africa Nader Sobhan will mark the first Qumra Talk on ‘International Distribution and Marketing.’ Panellists will offer their take on the direction of the digital film distribution value chain and how independent producers can best use emerging platforms to both finance productions and recoup on their investment.

Qumra Talks 2: Writing and Producing Animation with Mike Reiss (‘The Simpsons’)

Mike Reiss, acclaimed American television comedy writer and producer, who has won four Emmys writing for The Simpsons, will take centre stage on March 6, as he discusses ‘Writing and Production Animation.’ Contributing writer to two dozen animated films, including Ice Age, King Fu Panda and Despicable Me, he will take the audience through his career, describing lessons learned along the way and demonstrating how all those skills come together in The Simpsons, in a lively class featuring rare animated clips.

Qumra Talks 3: Al Jazeera’s Strategic Pivot to Digital

On March 7, join the Qumra Talk on ‘Al Jazeera’s Strategic Pivot to Digital.’ This panel will explore how Al Jazeera conceived and implemented a long term strategic pivot from a traditional media organization to a digital first media brand, including the launch of a digital division, the establishment of a product innovation and development practice and the cultivation of a risk-taking culture.

Make sure to check it out!

Ticket purchase: Online/At the door

Price: QR35

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Venue: Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium, Doha
Visit their website for more details:

Qumra Film Festival screenings — Sunday-Wednesday

The Qumra Film Festival has a lineup of films set to be screened this week! Check out some of the films that are showing at the Museum of Islamic Art below.

March 5, 7:30 pm - The Missing Picture (L' Image manquante):

The film employs an almost astonishing device to describe the horrors of life for prisoners under the Khmer Rouge: painstakingly handcrafted miniature human figures that are used in tableaux of the various scenes the film descibes. Combined with archival footage of films from Cambodia’s golden age of filmmaking as well as documentary examples of the emptied capital city and forced labour in work camps, these toylike figures are disarming in that they are somehow endearing, even as they act out the gut-wrenching scenes of inhumanity the regime’s many victims were made to endure.

March 6, 7:00 pm - About Elly (Darbareye Elly):

The film’s title is, appropriately, both enigmatic and something of a double entendre. Elly, who is the unknown, new friend among the group, occupies the centre of the narrative (to define exactly why is to spoil the narrative): she is by definition the primary character. And yet, the others revolve about her, never quite able to ascertain who she is. ‘About Elly’ is a deeply incisive and moving look at the failings and foibles of human nature.

March 7, 7:00 pm - La Ciénaga:

Grounded in a precise script, wonderful cinematography, a brilliant use of sound and riveting performances, ‘La Ciénaga’ simmers with claustrophobic dread as it moves inexorably forward to its shocking conclusion. With her award-winning debut feature, Lucrecia Martel provides scathing social commentary at its best.

March 8, 8:00 pm - Mimosas:

Bordering on the surreal, ‘Mimosas’ travels deeper and deeper into the mountain range, seeming to dislocate itself in time and becoming an inner journey of endurance, passion and will. The duty-bound men are increasingly focused on their goal to the extent that it becomes a moral mission; one by one they face their doubts and fears, gaining strength from hardship and faith from failure.

Ticket purchase: Online/At the door

Price: Check the link below

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm check the timings above

Venue: Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium, Doha
Visit their website for more details:

Ladies Training Days at Losail International Circuit — Tuesday

Starting from today, Losail International Circuit will be hosting Ladies Training Days.

Twice a month, the Losail track will be open only for ladies to be able to exercise in one of the largest venues in Doha with privacy as well as enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Bicycles and gear will be available so ladies won’t have to bring their personal cycles from home. There will be special trainers available to provide yoga lessons, a mini-bootcamp; walking, jogging and other activities, as well as a special allocated area for children.

*Please note only boys under 9 years of age will be allowed inside the track.*

Qatar Cyclist Bike Rentals

A small rental fee will be charged starting from 7th March

QAR 35 for 1st hour

QAR 40 for 2nd hour

* Please note that introduction of Bike Hire fees is to utilize the bikes better and give more people change to ride

Venue: Losail International Circuit, Doha
Time: 5:00 pm
Visit their website for more details:

First time in Qatar: The author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” — Tuesday

The author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” will be delivering a workshop for people who are interested in developing themselves. Check out the timings and details below.

First workshop
How to get what you want at work
Date: March 7 

Time: 9:00 am -1:30 pm
Regular fee QAR3,000 per person

Inclusive of attendance certificate signed by John Gray, coffee break and lunch.

Second workshop
Men from Mars Women from Venus
Date: March 7

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Regular fee QAR1800 per person

Inclusive of attendance certificate, coffee break and dinner.

Ticket purchase: ​At the door

Price: QR900 - Special Discount 50% for Couples, QR1500 - Special Discount 50% for Group Booking (6+)

Venue: Lagoon Restaurant and Garden, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
Time: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Visit their website for more details:

How Women Work’s “Success & Wellness” for International Women’s Day — Wednesday 


How Women Work is excited to welcome everyone to participate in their 8th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration!

Put on some comfortable clothes and come and celebrate with HWW! Please RSVP 3 days before, as this is a limited attendance event. Fees will go to support their complimentary counseling program.

Ticket purchase: At the door
Price: QR250
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Aspire Ladies Club, opposite Villaggio Entrance 4, Doha
For more details email: [email protected]

AKON Live at Society Lounge — Thursday17097821_1202390273143661_3042593103968898755_o.jpeg

There's no better way to start March than with a great night experiencing Akon live at Society Lounge! Save the date for a very special version of #SOCIETYTHURSDAYS on March 9th with DJ Steven and DIMIX on the decks!

With the sexiest variety of genres Akon will be performing live on stage, Society invites you all to be a part of a moving experience!

Your Thursday night will be topped up with an amazing performance that will keep you going all night.

Society Lounge always brings the crowd what they are craving for to make their experience in Doha's night life memorable.

Ticket purchase: At the door
Price: Check link below
Time: 9:00 pm
Dress code: Smart
Location: Society Lounge Diplomatic Street, West Bay Area - Hilton Doha
For more details check:

Moto GP Official Test — Friday-SaturdayTEST

The MotoGP™ World Championship will do their final three days of testing before the 2017 season gets underway at the Losail International Circuit from the 23rd to 26th of March for the Grand Prix of Qatar.

Buy your MotoGP Ticket for the Grand Prix of Qatar during the MotoGP Test at the Welcome Centre of Losail International Circuit and you can get the chance to enter the Paddock during the MotoGP Test (Limited paddock passes available) from 10th to 12th March.

Ticket purchase: At the door
Price: It’s free for the grandstand
Venue: Losail International Circuit, Doha

Time: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
For more information visit: 

Qatar Dragon Boat Festival 2017 — Friday

Head over to the Dragon Boat Festival happening this weekend! There will be around two dozen longboats competing in the competition. 

Ticket purchase: No tickets needed

Price: It’s free!

Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel Doha

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Find details and register here:

IKEA Qatar Celebrates 4 Years Anniversary — Friday
 (all month)

Come and enjoy IKEA's four years of being in Qatar! There will be a number of different activities and fun prize giveaways! Bring your friends, families, and children to enjoy and celebrate IKEA's big day!

Ticket purchase: No tickets needed

Price: It’s free!

Venue: IKEA, Doha

Time: 4:30 pm

Find details and register here:

What events will you be attending this week? Comment below!