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Things To Do In Doha: February 11 - February 18, 2018

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With another refreshing new week ahead of us, are you already thinking about something exciting to do over the next seven days? ILQ can hook you right up with our event listings for the week! With a huge range of activities including National Sport Day activities, to Chinese New Year and Valentine’s events, we’ve got you covered everything!

Our events listings will be out every Sunday so be sure to keep following ILQ for more event updates and information! For more information visit

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

National Sport Day at Qatar Foundation


The Challenge is a large-scale sporting festival where you compete through a series of challenging physical activities. There are five different challenges (Strength, Strategy, Balance, Concentration, and Competition), and you and your team will have to overcome them all! This activity is for those ages 16 and over, and it's preferable if you pre-register for the activity online to sort you into your teams.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (general)
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (ladies only)

Walkathon (Student Center, 8:00 a.m.)

This will be a walk of 2km starting from outside the Student Center and heading toward the Ceremonial Court.

Ultramarathon (Ceremonial Court, 8:20 a.m.)

A running marathon of maximum 50km around Education City. Participants can take part throughout as much distance as it suits them.

Location: Education City
Date: February 13
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed

Celebrate National Sports Day at Doha Festival City

To mark Qatar’s National Sport Day on February 13, Doha Festival City will host an action-packed day of events for the whole family. The Mall will be a hive of activity, hosting an indoor obstacle course in Centre Court as well as a pop-up area where children can test their skills in tennis, golf, and football in the South Food Court.

Shoppers have a chance to find all their sporting gear between the wide selections of sporting stores in Doha Festival City. From workout gear and trainers, to special equipment for indoor and outdoor activities, the offerings include Adidas, Timberland, The North Face, NBA, Nike, The Athletes Co., Footlocker, Go Sport, and so much more.

National Sports Day activities at Doha Festival City will take place from 10:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.

Location: DOHA FESTIVAL CITY, Doha, Qatar
Date: 13 February
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Phone: (+974) 4035-4444

Take on the Obstacle Course
Overcoming obstacles takes both individual fitness and teamwork. Challenge your family on the obstacle course if you think you have what it takes! Centre Court will be home to seven obstacles, from hurdle jumps, tire hops, and balance beams to wall climbs – this is a chance to test your all round ability!

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Centre Court
Price: Free of Charge
Age Limit: 8 years and above

Test your skills
Kids of all ages can come and try out their putting skills at the mini-golf station, then test their accuracy at the tennis-themed accuracy wall! Using a unique combination of pool and football, teams of two will also have the chance to win at the foot-pool table.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: South Food Court
Price: Free of Charge
Age Limit: 4 years and above

February 11 - March 4, 2018

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Hakkasan Doha

In celebration of Chinese New Year 2018, Hakkasan, the brand known for its modern interpretation of authentic Cantonese cuisine, will usher in the Chinese New Year with festive celebrations commemorating 2018 as The Year of the Dog. Upholding the brand’s proud Chinese heritage, Hakkasan Doha will welcome the new lunar year with a limited edition signature menu created by Hakkasan chefs from London, the USA, the Middle East, and Asia.

This year, Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 16, 2018. In the spirit of celebration, the exclusive menu will be available at Hakkasan Doha from January 29 to March 4, 2018.

Priced at QR 488 per person, guests opting for the menu will enjoy dishes using ingredients which are thought to bestow happiness, longevity, luck, and prosperity, starting with Szechuan wind-dried oyster with lotus root in crispy rice in man tou. The oyster traditionally symbolizes fortune and good luck. Other small-eat dishes include braised beef and caramelized walnut with asparagus and mint.

Main dishes include Grilled Chilean sea bass with kumquat glaze, as eating fish at Chinese New Year is said to bring increased prosperity, plus wok-fried native lobster in superior stock with edamame and caviar, and Rhug estate organic lamb in seaweed, soy with celery, and enoki mushroom. To complete the main course dishes, Abalone-fried rice in bean-curd wrap with mushroom which contains fai cai (fat choy), an ingredient which in Chinese means to ‘get rich and grow wealth’.

To finish, guests will indulge in the Golden Fortune dessert with ginger caramel, roasted macadamia nuts, and lemongrass. In addition, a series of exclusive drinks will be available including Xingyun, a mix of mandarin and lemon juice, spiced mandarin jam, passionfruit and soda water, garnished with a fortune cookie.

As part of the festivities, Hakkasan will continue their annual Chinese New Year wishing tradition by inviting guests to write their wishes on red ribbons that will be hung around the dining areas. This custom is said to have begun hundreds of years ago in Lam Tsuen, Hong Kong. During Chinese New Year, villagers would travel for miles to visit the sacred Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees (two ancient banyan trees) and hang notes on the branches using red ribbon. These notes contained wishes for the year ahead and it was believed that the wishes that were successfully hung on the trees would come true.

Location: Hakkasan Doha
Date: January 29 - March 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: QR 488
Phone: (+974) 444-60170
Email: [email protected]

February 11 – April 13, 2018

Qatar Running Series Winter Edition 2018

This event will take place in MIA Park and comprise of distances ranging from 3K to 10K. All events will be run on accurately-measured short courses with multiple laps and will be restricted to a maximum of 130 participants.

Start time: 7:00 a.m - 10K, 5K, & 3K juniors
Event dates: Race 1. Friday, January 26, 2018
Race 2. Friday, February16, 2018
Race 3. Friday, March 2, 2018
Race 4. Friday, March 23, 2018
Race 5. Friday, April 13, 2018

What's included:

Water Stations at the Start / Finish line and 1.5K race-bib
Medical support
Course marshals
Public liability insurance
Custom designed finisher’s medal for all distances.
Trophies for the Top 3 finishers (Male / Female) in 10K, 5K, & 3K Juniors

Location: Museum of Islamic Art
Date: January 26 – April 13
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Price: Adults (16+): QR 100 for each event
Juniors (U-16): QR 50 for each event

February 11 – 17, 2018

Al Shaqab Community Fair

Al Shaqab, a member of Qatar Foundation, is organizing a series of Community Fairs as part of its community engagement initiative. In collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (Baladiya) and the Quranic Botanic Garden (QBG), the inaugural Al Shaqab Community Fair, will feature products of Qatar, namely, honey, flowers and Kanar, the fruit of the Sidra Tree. The Sidra tree and its fruit are the iconic symbol of the country’s heritage. It's related to the Qatari culture and has grown in the deserts of Qatar for generations.

The 1st Al Shaqab Community Fair will be held from February 11-17, 2018 at the 1st Floor of the Al Shaqab Outdoor Arena Concourse from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will also coincide with the 27th Qatar International Show (Feb 11 & 12), Qatar National Sports Day (Feb 13) and Hathab – Qatar Equestrian Tour (Feb 16 & 17). As such, visitors will not only be able to enjoy the Community Fair but also have the opportunity to watch or participate in the other events taking place at Al Shaqab.

Part of the objective of the Community Fair is to educate children on these indigenous products of Qatar. Towards this end, the following workshops will be conducted by QBG and Baladiya for the duration of the Community Fair:

Location: Al Shaqab, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
Date: February 11 - 17
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Phone: (+974) 4545-833
Email: [email protected]

WORKSHOP 1 - Journey Into Flowers (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

A journey to explore the parts of flowers. An unforgettable experience for students, children, and families. Using the magnifying glass and special microscope, visitors will see the pollen grains, anther and stigma of the flowers up close and personal. The workshop will also provide visitors with a clear view of the process of pollination where pollens are transferred from the anthers to the stigma, creating offspring for the next generation

WORKSHOP 2 - Future Proofing – Growing Plants for Qatar (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Have you grown a plant before? From cleaning the air to cooling the city and streets, visitors will discover the limitless benefits of plants to our environment, community and heritage. With the support of Baladiya and QBG, we invite you to receive a hands-on opportunity to grow plants and take them home with you.

In addition to the workshops, children will be able to participate in a Flower Planting Competition. Prizes will be awarded to the best growing plant 2 weeks after the end of the Community Fair.

As part of the Community Fair, bouncing castles and pony rides will also be available for young children to enjoy their day at Al Shaqab.

February 12 - 18, 2018

Qatar Total Open 2018

When it comes to tennis, you have to work hard, train hard, and think fast to win! The sports highlight of the year in Qatar for fans of women’s tennis is back with Qatar Total Open on February 12-18 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex with superstars Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolína Plíšková, and more.

Location: Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
Date: February 12-18
Price: Tickets range between QR 25 & QR 350

February 13- 14, 2018

Origami Basket Workshops at Katara

Cultural Village Foundation – Katara in cooperation with 7th Heaven Arts presents Origami Basket Workshops.

  • Males & Females, ages 6 and above
  • Workshop will be in English
  • Available seats: 10 seats only

Location: Katara Art Studio B19
Date: February 13- 14
Time: 6:00 pm
Price: Workshop fee QR 100
Phone: (+974) 4408-0233/4408-0235
Email: [email protected]

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Laila & Qais at The Social, Fraser Suites West Bay Doha

Relive the classic tale of 'Laila & Qais' with a specially-crafted 4-course Arabic menu filled with delicious treats for you and your special someone to enjoy uninterrupted, accompanied by a candle-lit table and roses all around!

Oh... did we mention we've got music to set the mood as well and a special surprise giveaway for all out delightful couple diners!

Location: West Bay, Doha, Qatar
Date: February 14
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: QR 350
Phone: (+974) 4495-5115
Email: [email protected]

VaLATIN Moovz at The Irish Harp

A special SALSA NIGHT on hearts day! Enjoy the dance-floor on February 14! Special complimentary vouchers will be given away for the first 10 COUPLES to arrive up to 11 p.m.

Location: The Irish Harp, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
Date: February 14-15
Time: 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Ticket Purchase: At the door
Price: QR 50 for gents including one beverage, ladies free entrance
Phone: (+974) 4485-3000
*QID or Passport required upon entry *Membership applies at the door.

Will you be my Valentine? at Fuego

Fuego delivers the culinary fire and passion of Argentina. Lively, fun, and engaging, it offers the finest selection of prime beef, prepared in the time-honoured traditions of the Argentine grill.

The unique dining experience is complemented by Doha’s largest selection of South American wines and the finest Latin-style service.

Location: Conference Centre Street, West Bay, P.O. Box 9282, Doha, Qatar
Date: February 14
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: QR 550 per couple and QR 900 per couple including two glasses of enhanced beverages
Phone: (+974) 4429-5295
Email: [email protected]

February 15 – 28, 2018

Shanghai Club Welcomes Chinese New Year

With a sleek and stylish interior, amazing Cantonese cuisine, creative fusion bar food, great beverages and popular DJs, Shanghai Club always draws a hip crowd, and Chinese food lovers. It’s a perfect venue for an authentic dim sum lunch, after-work drinks, a sumptuous dinner or classy private parties.

Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Doha, West Bay
Date: February 15 - 28
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: QR 488 - QR 688
Phone: (+974) 4429-5295
Email: [email protected]

Friday, February 16, 2018

Swim for a Cause 2018

Turn your swimming into a fundraiser! Whether you want to give your casual strokes some real purpose, or make the miles you swim count for a cause close to your heart, swim from 250m, 500m, or 1,000m, and see the real impact of your actions on your personal giving footprint.

'Swim for a Cause' at th Sharq Village & Spa Hotel Beach on February 16, March 17, and April 21 from 9:00 a.m., partnered with Six Senses Spa, H20 Swim Club, Tri Club Doha, and Mad Triathlon under the pillar of The Ritz-Carlton Community Footprints program. All proceedings will go towards providing safe drinking water for those who need it.

Register now to start making all the miles you cover, time you spend in the pool, and calories you burn in the process count for humanity.

Location: Sharq Village & Spa Hotel, Ras Abu Abboud Street
Date: February 16
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: At the door
Price: QR 50: Registration & Entrance Fee
Phone: (+974) 5055-1570 (Asela Jayaweera)
Email: [email protected]

Embrace the Qatari Lifestyle

Spend the evening at Embrace Doha's majlis and embrace the Qatari lifestyle! Gain insight into the culture, social behaviour, and ins-and-outs of life in Qatar and indulge in a traditional Qatari buffet provided by Nassayem Qatar -- it's all you can eat! Make friends with Qataris and get the chance to ask questions about life in Qatar. Open for all to join.

Payments for registration can be made by cash (on the day of the event), or online (using PayPal). The final day for registration is Tuesday February 13, 2017. Don’t miss out on a splendid evening! Seats are limited so book as soon as possible.

Location: Diplomatic Club, West Bay Lagoon
Date: February 16
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Price: QR 290 (Adults), QR 150 (Children between 7 to 12 years-old)
Phone: (+974) 5006-4772, or (+974) 6668-2988
Email: [email protected]

February 15-16, 2018

DFI Cinema Presents 'Radiance'

DFI is delighted to invite you to the screening of Radiance by Naomi Kawase. The film is an inspirational story which teaches us to see the world beyond its visible form, and was awarded the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

The screening is part of 'Contemporary Releases', a selection of the latest internationally- and regionally-acclaimed films. The series will include recent festival favourites, as well as the emerging new voices of DFI-granted filmmakers.

All screenings take place at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium on February 15 & 16.

Location: Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Date: February 15 -16
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: At the door/online
Price: QR 35

February 15-16, 2018

Salim Assaf & Grece Fakhry Concert

An unforgettable night full of music and romance with Salim Assaf & Grece Fakhry.

The event is themed to be Lebanese and will last for 3 hours with all sorts of high-end music and will include a set-menu dinner, in a ballroom that can handle up to 400 guests.

Location: Hilton Hotel
Date: February 15 - 16
Time: 10:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Ticket Purchase: Online
Price: QR 250- QR 450

February 15-16, 2018

The King is Here - And He is Burnin Love

Brought to you by The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Qatar and the Shangri-La Hotel, Doha this unique musical celebration takes you back to 1970s Las Vegas where the stage is set for the King of Rock N Roll's greatest comeback. Award-winning Elvis Tribute artist, Bill Cherry, and the EAS band - The Official Band of Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland will deliver each song with impeccable energy, spirit and heart.

Bill Cherry will transform himself into the King of Rock N Roll with precise vocals, movements, and an uncanny physical resemblance that will take the audience back in time to relish the music of a bygone era. From the most tender love ballads, to the hard-rocking' show-stoppers. Enjoy a 5-star take on Memphis soul food, iconic beverages, and a dance-floor to groove to the best the 70s had to offer.

Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Doha
Date: February 15 - 16
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Ticket Purchase: Online
Price: QR 550 (Inclusive of a 3-course meal comprised of Elvis's favourites and selected beverages)
Dress Code: Formal or Elvis
Age: 21+

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