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Things to do in Doha: December 13 - December 19, 2020

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Qatar National Day is coming up and the country is gearing up for it with some amazing events lined up for you. Which of these events are you taking part in this week? Do click on https://www.iloveqatar.net/events to keep yourself updated with what's going on around you and to know about all the wonderful events happening in Qatar.

Complete Guide to Qatar National Day 2020 Events

Complete Guide to Qatar National Day 2020 Events
Complete Guide to Qatar National Day 2020 Events

Every year, many events are held around the country to celebrate Qatar National Day on December 18. We have put together all QND specific events, deals and more just for you! This year, however, the QND celebrations will be a little different due to the COVID-19 restrictions and precautionary measures. There will still be some awesome events and activities and we've listed them down below.

Make sure to also visit http://qatarnationalday.qa/ to get all the Qatar National Day related updates with just a click of a button!

18 December 2020

Al Rayyan Stadium inauguration

Al Rayyan Stadium FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
image credit: https://twitter.com/roadto2022en

The inauguration of the stadium located in Al Rayyan will take place on December 18 – Qatar National Day – exactly two years before the country hosts the FIFA World Cup final.

The stadium – which will become the new home of Al Rayyan Sports Club – is the fourth Qatar 2022 tournament venue to open following Khalifa International, Al Janoub, and Education City.

The 40,000-capacity stadium is adjacent to the Mall of Qatar and within walking distance of Al Riffa Station – on Doha Metro’s Green Line.

18 December 2020

Amir Cup Final 2020

Amir Cup 2020 Final Al sadd vs Al Arabi
Image credit: Qatar Football Association

The Al Rayyan Stadium will also host the Amir Cup 2020 final between Al Sadd and Al Arabi on December 18. The match will kick off at 7 PM. The Amir Cup is the biggest football cup competition in the country.

Following discussions between the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), any fan who attends the match must return either a positive COVID-19 antibodies test or a negative COVID-19 test prior to being allowed access to the stadium.

Social distancing measures will be implemented within the vicinity of the stadium, including the fan zone and on public transport. The fan zone will open from 4-6 PM and again at 9 PM, after the match has finished. Fans will be encouraged to remain at the fan zone or spend time in the Mall of Qatar in order to ensure social distancing requirements are adhered to on Doha Metro.

Priority access to tickets was granted to fans of both Al Sadd and Al Arabi – the two clubs who will contest the final. In addition, frontline healthcare workers who helped Qatar battle the COVID-19 pandemic have also been given priority access to purchase tickets.

Tickets for the final are being limited to one per person, are non-transferable, and will be linked to the holder’s Qatar ID.

For those who wish to attend the 2020 Amir Cup final, kindly book your match ticket through the following link: https://qfa.qa/AmirCup2020/en

Until 25 December 2020

QND Competition: Participate & Win QR 500

QND Competition: Participate & Win QR 500
QND Competition: Participate & Win QR 500

Qatar has many archaeological sites which help preserve the country's local history. Guess the site correctly and win a cash prize of QR 500! There will be a giveaway every day until 18th December.

Start date: 12 December 2020 12:00 PM
End date: 25 December 2020 11:59 PM

Competition Details:

  • Follow @ilqlive and @aljasrahculture on Instagram
  • SEND IN YOUR ANSWERS OVER WHATSAPP TO+974 3318 1359
  • 7 videos with questions will be posted every day from 12th December 2020 to 18th December 2020
  • You have to WhatsApp 5 out of the 7 questions correctly.
  • 14 winners will each get QR 500 cash prize.
  • The last date to receive answers is 25th December 2020.
  • Winners will be announced on @ilqlive and @aljasrahculture Instagram accounts before 31st December 2020.

Follow our competitions page: https://www.iloveqatar.net/competitions for all the questions! Good luck!

    Until 27 December 2020

    Unwasted at M7

    Unwasted by M7
    Image Credit: Unwasted by M7

    UNWASTED is a community-based not-for-profit event that was designed with the aim of garnering greater public awareness and engagement on the issue of pre/post-consumer waste in the fashion and design industries. Visit the exhibition to get anew perspective on what is going on in the world.

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    Until 17 December 2020

    ‘Collide a Thought’ exhibition by Sara Al Thani at Mondrian Doha

    Mondrian Doha, managed by leading international lifestyle hospitality group, sbe, is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Collide a Thought’ exhibition, by renowned Qatari painter and sculptor Sara Al Thani.

    Details:

    18 December 2020

    “Our Values Inspire Art” exhibition at Mandarin Oriental Doha

    “Our Values Inspire Art” exhibition at Mandarin Oriental Doha
    Image Credit: Mandarin Oriental, Doha

    Celebrating Qatar National Day, Mandarin Oriental Doha hosts “Our Values Inspire Art” exhibition by students of Qatar Academy Msheireb. The artworks symbolically reflect social values of the Holy Quran such as friendship, family, equality, unity, peace and moral values of honesty, mercy, responsibility, modesty and respect for others.

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    Until 15 December 2020

    14th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

    14th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
    Image Credit: Toyota Qatar

    The ‘14th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest’ conducted by Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co (AAB) is here again! It has established itself as one of the world’s largest art competitions for children under the age of 15. Attractive cash rewards will be given to the grand prize winners as well as special award winners along with the schools, with the winnings to be utilized for academics as per the terms and conditions of the contest.

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    18 December 2020

    Exploring the Poetry of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani by Qatar Museums

    Exploring the Poetry of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani by Qatar Museums
    Image Credit: Qatar Museums

    The poetry of Sheikh Jassim can be found throughout the National Museum of Qatar. But what do we know of this very important person in Qatari history? Join Qatar Museums' special webinar and discover who Sheikh Jassim was, his role in Qatar’s history, and why his poetry appears at the National Museum. The webinar will be held in Arabic, with simultaneous English translation. Email to book your place.

    Details:

    • Location: The session will be online.
    • Date: 16 December 2020
    • Time: 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm
    • Ticket Purchase: Online
    • Price: Prior registration required - It's free!
    • Email: [email protected]

    Until 31 December 2020

    Mangrove Kayaking Eco.Adventure & Discover Wildlife - Purple Island

    Mangrove Kayaking Eco.Adventure & Discover Wildlife - Purple Island
    Image Credit: Aqua Sports

    Nestled along the coast near Al Khor is a vast and beautiful mangrove forest, the best way to access the forest is by kayak. We will take you through the network of channels that have been carved out by tidal action. The area supports a lot of birdlife and is a favourite destination for nature lovers. Sunset is a perfect time to see the birds and listen to the sounds of the forest. Suitable for families and those looking for a relaxed easy paddle taking in the greenery and birdlife of the nature reserve.

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    Until 3 January 2021

    Antiquities from The al-Sabah Collection at NMOQ

    Image Credit: Shutterstock

    The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) unvieled the landmark exhibition, Splendours of the Ancient East: Antiquities from The al-Sabah Collection, in its Temporary Exhibition Gallery. Drawn from the extraordinary holdings assembled in Kuwait by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and Sheikha Hussa Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, more than 170 objects provide a sweeping overview of the artistic and material culture of the ancient world, while also revealing new insights into the roots of Islamic art.

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    Until 31 March 2021

    Torba Farmers Market 2020

    Torba Farmers Market 2020
    Image credit: Torba Farmers Market 2020

    Torba operates a seasonal farmers market in Ceremonial Court at Education City. The Torba Farmers Market is a mainstay in the event calendar, attracting thousands of visitors each weekend. The market runs from November to March each year and features local fresh produce, artisan products and gourmet handmade food. It’s a great place for coffee and breakfast, as well as a spot of shopping.

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    Until 31 March 2021

    Tasty Street Qatar at Katara Cultural Village

    Tasty Street Qatar at Katara Cultural Village
    Image Credit: Tasty Street

    Enjoy eating at over 30 food kiosks here at Tasty Street Qatar being organised at Katara Cultural Village. The food festival runs until March 2021.

    Find out more here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/dining/foodieNews/what-to-expect-tasty-street-katara-cultural-village-doha-qatar

    Details:

    • Location: Al Gannas, Cultural Village Foundation – Katara
    • Date: 3 October 2020 - 31 March 2021
    • Time: 03:00 pm - 11:59 pm
    • Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
    • Price: As per your order
    • Website: https://www.instagram.com/tasty.street.qa/

    Until 10 April 2021

    A Falcon’s Eye Exhibition - Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al-Thani

    A Falcon’s Eye Exhibition - Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al-Thani
    Image Credit: Qatar Museums


    The Museum of Islamic Arts has an ongoing exhibition entitled "A Falcon's Eye: Tribute To Sheikh Saoud Al-Thani". The exhibition showcases more than 300 outstanding artworks from prehistoric fossils and Egyptian antiquities to Orientalist paintings and masterpieces of the history of photography in a spectacular display following the concept of ancient (Renaissance) “cabinet of curiosities” reflecting Sheikh Saoud’s fascination with both natural history and the art world.

    Details:

    • Location: Museum of Islamic Art
    • Date: 2 August 2020 - 10 April 2021
    • Time: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
    • Ticket Purchase: At the door
    • Price: QID holder & Children below 16 - It's free; Students and groups of 25+ - 25QR; Non-QID holders - 50QR
    • Phone: +974 4422 4444
    • Website: https://www.qm.org.qa/en