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Posted On: 11 October 2020 10:00 am
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Things to do in Doha: October 11 - October 17, 2020

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Looking for something exciting to do in Qatar this week? We're bringing you a list of activities to keep you occupied. Our weekly "Events in Qatar" feature helps you discover popular local events and it comes out every Sunday, so be sure to keep following ILQ for events updates and information by visiting:

    Until 11 October 2020

    Innovative Women of Qatar - Qatar SportsTech Virtual Hackathon

    The QST team is calling for Doha’s best and brightest women for our first Innovative Women of Qatar Virtual Hackathon in Doha.

    Who should apply?

    We are looking for female thinkers, hackers, marketers, creatives, visionaries, who are residing in Qatar, with an entrepreneurial spark... if you can relate, then you're it! Whether you are a student or working a full-time job, it doesn’t matter. We like you for your brain, passion, and skills - not your title.

    What's in it for you?

    The QST hackathon is a unique chance to test your skills and get hands-on experience with some of the most pressing challenges in the world of sports and sports tech. The event will provide you with the perfect setting to match with like-minded individuals and form a team for your startup. During the 48 hours of the event, you will receive feedback and mentoring from top-tier industry experts and entrepreneurs.


    • Location: Qatar Sport Accelerator, Doha, Qatar
    • Date: 8 October 2020 - 11 October 2020
    • Time: 12:00 pm - 07:30 pm
    • Ticket Purchase: Online
    • Price: Application is required - It's free!
    • Phone: 44300000
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Website:

    Until 15 October 2020

    Fight the Corona pandemic – a reflection in Art – Prize of the Arabic Divan

    Apply for the “Fight the Corona pandemic – a reflection in Art – Prize of the Arabic Divan”. The aim of the competition is more communication and dialogue in and with the art world in times of the corona pandemic; the competition is intended to serve as an appropriate platform and promote unity and solidarity in the community of young artists in the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Qatar.

    The prize money is:
    - First place: 1000 EUR
    - Second place: 750 EUR
    - Third place: 500 EUR
    The deadline for submission is 15th October 2020 at midnight.


    • Location: Qatar
    • Date: 17 September 2020 - 15 October 2020
    • Ticket Purchase: Online
    • Price: Online application - It's free!
    • Website:

    Until 15 October 2020

    Art Contest: 'The Untold Stories of Resilience' by Qatar Foundation

    To capture the world’s artistic responses to COVID-19, Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums are organizing a digital art contest and online exhibition in the framework of the Paris Peace Forum.

    It’s titled ‘The Untold Stories of Resilience’ and will highlight human resilience in times of crisis.

    Artists aged 16 and older from around the world are eligible to submit their work in order for it to be considered for the exhibition, and applications are also welcomed from galleries and agents representing artists.

    The submission period is now open and continues until October 15.

    For more details, and to submit your artworks, visit


    • Location: The submission is virtual.
    • Date: 14 September 2020 - 15 October 2020
    • Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
    • Price: Online entry - It's free!
    • Website:

    Until 17 October 2020

    Al Messila Ladies Wellness Retreat & the Health Center

    Pamper yourself at the Al Messila Ladies Wellness Retreat! Embark on a tailor-made journey through saunas, steams, jacuzzi and flotation pools, massages and facials, all customized as per your body and skin needs here. Dive into a moment of bliss or into healing journeys at the retreat’s Therapy Pools. Their special Movement and Pilates Studios are also the perfect spot for one-to-one and private training sessions for mind-body wellbeing.

    The Health Center is a brand new facility for both ladies and gents and part of Al Messila Resort offerings. Burn some calories at the state-of-art gym, complete a few laps in the temperature-controlled indoor swimming pool, enjoy an energetic session at the outdoor boot camp or a run at the extensive jogging tracks around the property.


    • Location: Um Al Saneem Street, Zone 36, Street 827, Building 21, Doha
    • Date: 11 October - 17 October 2020
    • Phone: +974 4445 1916 / +974 4445 1917
    • Price: For offers, memberships and prices, click here.
    • Time:
      Al Messila Ladies Wellness Retreat: Daily | From 7 am until 10 pm
      - The Health Center: Monday - Friday | From 7 am until 10 pm & Saturday & Sunday | From 12 pm (noon) until 10 pm
      - Indoor Swimming Pool: Daily | From 7 am until 10 pm, Ladies-only | Saturdays & Sundays from 7 am until 12 pm (noon)
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Website:
    • Facebook: @almessilaresortdoha
    • Instagram: @almessilaresortdoha

    Until 18 October 2020

    DevFest 2020 with GDG Doha

    DevFest 2020 brings together thousands of developers globally for the largest virtual weekend of community-led technical learning and a shared passion for Google technologies on Oct 17-18.

    The magic of DevFest has always come from the people involved - developers from all different backgrounds and skill levels.

    For DevFest 2020, Google Developer Groups are coming together in a whole new way - virtually over one weekend. This global moment empowers developers to teach, learn, and connect when they may need it the most. GDG Doha is proud to host the DevFest 2020 with multiple sessions about different technologies, speakers and experts from around the world. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days.


    Until 18 October 2020

    Short film competition by Sundance TV

    Sundance TV has announced its first-ever Sundance TV Shorts competition in the Middle East and North Africa region, following last year’s successful South Africa edition. This year’s winning entrant and three runners-up will have their films broadcast on Sundance TV later in the year.


    Until 20 October 2020

    Qatar Cup 2020/2021 by Qatar Basketball Federation

    Fun and excitement await you with the start of matches of QBF Qatar Cup 2020/2021 basketball on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Stay tuned on the Qatar Basketball Federation channel for live streaming!


    • Location: Al Gharafa Sports Club
    • Date: 10 October 2020 - 20 October 2020
    • Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
    • Phone: +97440401900
    • Website:

    Until 24 October 2020

    Asma Al-Mannai: Colourful Moments at the Fire Station

    Qatar Museums presents Asma Al-Mannai: Colourful Moments at the Fire Station: Artist in Residence from 23 September to 24 October. This is the Qatari artist’s first solo exhibition encompasses a collection of passing moments and experiences depicted using different methods and mediums including drawing, painting, watercolour, and ink.

    Opening hours for the Fire Station are from 9:00 am-7:00 pm Saturday through Thursdays and 1:30 pm-7:00 pm on Fridays.


    • Location: Mohammed Bin Thani St.
    • Date: 23 September 2020 - 24 October 2020
    • Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
    • Phone: +974 4402 8888
    • Website:

    Until 25 October 2020

    Memories in Prints at AlHosh Gallery

    Join in the upcoming opening of “Memories In Print” curated by Mohammed Ale Madi on 4 October 2020. Celebrating talent in prints work and photography. Book your free tickets for the exhibition opening via the link HERE.


    • Location: AlHosh Gallery
    • Date: 4 October 2020 - 5 November 2020
    • Time: 04:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    • Ticket Purchase: Online
    • Price: Online registration required - It's free!
    • Website:

    Until 1 November 2020

    Picasso’s Studios at The Fire Station


    Your artistic mind can rejoice now as Qatar Museums reopened the Fire Station and unveiled the special exhibition Picasso’s Studios in the Garage Gallery. The exhibition features 108 extraordinary artworks by Pablo Picasso selected from the unparalleled collection of the Musée national Picasso in Paris, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and ceramics. On view through November 1, 2020, the innovative exhibition traces the evolution of Picasso’s epoch-making art by presenting it in eight distinct galleries, representing the series of studios where he worked throughout his career. Read more details HERE!


    • Location: Fire Station Gallery
    • Date: 1 July 2020 - 1 November 2020
    • Time: 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
    • Ticket Purchase: Online
    • Website:

    Until 23 November 2020

    Ajyal Film Festival Jury Programme 2020

    Join the Ajyal Film Festival Jury from 11 – 23 November 2020. As an Ajyal Juror, you will:
    1. Watch short and feature-length films from all over the world.
    2. Vote for your favourite films and choose the Ajyal Competition winners.
    3. Meet many film directors and actors through our online platform.
    4. Attend online workshops on filmmaking techniques and film language.

    How to Register

    A registration fee of 50 QR is required to confirm your interest. Registration is open from 20 August to 31 October 2020. You must be between the ages of 8 and 25 to be an Ajyal Juror.


    Until 30 November 2020

    Huguette Caland: Faces and Places

    Featuring a journey through six decades and three continents, "Faces and Places" is Huguette Caland's largest solo museum exhibition to date. Huguette Caland was the daughter of the first president of the Republic of Lebanon. The exhibition features her paintings, drawings, caftans, smocks, and sculptures and evokes Caland's journey through Beirut, Paris, and California, encompassing the "faces and places that inform her rich oeuvre, all while highlighting the predominant theme in her work, the line."


    Until 30 November 2020

    Lived Forward: Art and Culture in Doha from 1960 - 2020

    A part of the series "Focus: Works from Mathaf Collection", this exhibition showcases works of artists, intellectuals, journalists, and cultural activists who played a major role in the city's cultural scene for more than half a century. It documents the experiences and knowledge of those generations as well as highlights the work of key artists of the past and present, with paintings, photography, video, and installations.


    Until 30 November 2020

    Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat

    Currently displayed at Mathaf is Yto Barrada's exhibition composed of photographs, films, videos, sculptures, prints, and fabric works that focus on "threads of regeneration and growth in social and geological transformation". The works highlight the importance of the vernacular in processes of decomposition and revival, drawing on histories of nation-building and post-independence strategies of resistance in social and domestic life. An award-winning artist who has also held numerous solo exhibitions internationally, Moroccan-French artist Yto Barrada’s work engages with self-education, architecture, palaeontology, botany, and modernist histories, in order to explore forms of knowledge production.


    Until 31 December 2020

    "Femmes à la mode" virtual exhibition at Katara

    Watch artist Surabhi's paintings come to life at the virtual exhibition "Femmes à la mode", presented by Cultural Village Foundation – Katara.


    Until 31 December 2020

    The Virtual Exhibition "Heritage" by Katara Cultural Village


    The Cultural Village Foundation – Katara presents the virtual exhibition "Heritage" by the Qatari Artist Hassan Bu Jassum. Heritage is originality and history, and it has multiple aspects of art and culture. Katara presents the virtual exhibition “Heritage” to document the inveterate patrimony and to revive the past that still exist in the memories, and to retrieve this remembrance through paintings to be a witness of that important part of history.


    • Location: The exhibition is virtual.
    • Date: 6 July 2020 - 31 December 2020
    • Time: 08:00 am - 10:00 pm
    • Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
    • Price: General entry - It's free!
    • Website:

    Until 3 January 2021

    Antiquities from The al-Sabah Collection at NMOQ

    The National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) will reopen its permanent galleries and unveil 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.


    Until 10 April 2021

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

    The Museum of Islamic Arts has opened an 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.


    • 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: