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Posted On: 4 March 2018 02:34 pm
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Things To Do In Doha: March 4 - March 11, 2018

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The weather is still cool in Doha to enjoy some great activities! We’ve come up with a list of exciting indoor and outdoor events that will keep you having a blast this winter. From a Kite Festival at Aspire, and a Fun Fair at Mall of Qatar, to a film industry master program, there's plenty on the go to keep you going over the next seven days! So have a scroll below and start exploring some of the best events that Doha has to offer for the week ahead!

Our listings come out every Sunday, so be sure to keep following ILQ for more event updates and information! And, if you want more, visit

Until April 15, 2018

Mall of Qatar Fun Fair

Your favourite mall has expanded to bring you Doha's best outdoor theme park. Come with your family and friends to enjoy the new rides and attractions!

Activities include trampoline, giant slide, wind tunnel, disco tagada, meltdown, surfing, mechanical bull-ride, paintball, inflatable bumper cars, happy swing, football darts, frog jump, and even a human gyroscope -- plus many more!

Visitors looking for a fun-filled day can enjoy free entrance to the event where most activities start from QR 20, excluding entrance to paint-balling, which is QR 90 and the wind tunnel which is QR 195.

Location: Mall of Qatar
Date: January 15 – April 15
Time: Sunday to Wednesday (3.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.)
Thursday (3.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.)
Friday (2.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.)
Saturday 1.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.)
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Phone: (+974) 4034-6000
Email: [email protected]

Until March 12, 2018

LAHA Premier Exhibition

Laha Premier, now in its 5th edition, is a Business-to-Consumer (B2C) exhibition inviting premium brands with a traditional Arabian flair to showcase their latest collections of fashionable accessories, abayas, arts, antiques, homeware, interior decoration, jewelry, watches, and fragrances. The event is happening at Doha Festival City shopping mall, home to IKEA, until Monday, March 12, 2018. The exhibition will occur over the course of three weeks, each week seeing a new set of exhibitors.

Location: Doha festival city, Doha, Qatar
Date: February 20 – March 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Phone: (+974)7097-4079
Email: [email protected]

March 2-10, 2018

Halal Qatar Festival

The theme of the festival centres around a distinct feature of Qatari heritage, one that is drawn from deep within the deserts of Qatar -- sheep and goat breeding.

The festival presents specific methods that help in breeding and raising sheep, and also showcases numerous traditional events along with educational and recreational activities. It’s an opportunity to revive the Qatari heritage and relive their simple lives amidst the dunes, at Al-Mazain, Al-Mazad Auction, with a sheep barns presentation at Katara.

Location: Katara Parking Area 01
Date: March 2-10
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed

March 6 – 9, 2018

The Aspire International Kite Festival 2018

After attracting more than 40,000 visitors in its first year, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is preparing to host the second Aspire International Kite Festival, a three-day event due to take place in Aspire Park from March 6-9, 2018.

Teams of professional kite-flyers will gather in Doha to compete in a range of individual and team kite events, including synchronized kite performances, and kite-flying art displays. The country’s first kinetic wind decorations have also been set up in Aspire Park to captivate visitors.

Inter-school competitions

In addition, amateur enthusiasts and young children will be able to design and decorate their own kites and take part in inter-school competitions that are organized by AZF as part of the main event in March. Children from Grades 1-6 can enter the competition with a maximum of ten students per team.

In the run-up to this year’s inter-schools competitions, AZF organized a three-day workshop series for 60 teachers from 15 schools last November. The specially-designed workshops were organized to provide inspiration and ideas for how to build and decorate a kite, as well as tips and tricks for flying them and easy to follow explanations of kite aerodynamics.

The workshops were delivered by acclaimed Canadian trainer, Robert Trépanier. Trépanier’s airborne portraiture has had a huge impact on the art of kite-flying. His own kite features caricatures of everyday people with distinguished, sometimes dark, and often humorous features. In his workshops, Trépanier addressed topics such as kite history, the science behind kite-flying, and different techniques for of kite-making, tailored to be easily understood and implemented by young children.

First-place school team winners will walk away with QR 50,000, while second-place winners will take home QR 30,000, and third-place winners QR 10,000. Last year’s winners were Muaz bin Jabal School, Gheras International School, and Birla Public School.

Location: Aspire Park
Date: March 6 - 9
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Email: [email protected]

March 6 -10, 2018

The Katara International Beach Volleyball Cup 2018

Katara Cultural Village Foundation, in cooperation with the Qatar Volleyball Association have organized the Katara Beach Volleyball Cup. The championship is the second of 10 competitions called 'FIVB 4stars' organized during the 2018 season by the International Volleyball Federation worldwide. The competition in Doha will see the participation of 56 teams coming from 28 different countries.

14 of the top 16 seeded teams will be participating in the upcoming KATARA Beach Volleyball Cup 2018. Qatar will be represented by three teams in the Main Draw.

Location: Katara
Date: March 6 -10
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Detox Your Life Forum 2018

What's the secret power to unleash your potential? By detoxing your mind, you clear all the negativity and baggage, becoming ready to embrace the new you. It's not about change from the outside, but rather enriching yourself from within. Empower your mind to change for the better at this unique wellness forum!

Location: Mondrian Doha
Date: March 7
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: Online
Price: QR 1000 - QR 2500
Ages: 16+

March 7 -14, 2018

Qumra 2018 Film Screenings

Qumra, now in its fourth edition, is an initiative created by the Doha Film Institute to provide a space for new voices in cinema!

You can enjoy the very best selected cinema from around the world. Ticket-holders will have the rare chance to meet some of the filmmakers in exclusive question-and-answer sessions after the screenings.

Date: March 7 -14
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: At the door / online
Price: QR 35

Qumra Screenings time schedule:

Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi Followed by a Q&A session with Gianfranco Rosi
Fri, March 9 / 7:00 p.m. / MIA – A / QR 35

Footprints of Apichatpong Weerasethakul Short Films Programme by Apichatpong Weerasethakul Followed by a Q&A session with Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Sat, March 10 / 7:00 p.m / MIA – A / QR 35

Moneyball by Bennett Miller Followed by a Q&A session with Bennett Miller
Sun, March 11 / 7:00 p.m / MIA – A / QR 35

The Return by Andrey Zvyagintsev Followed by a Q&A session with Andrey Zvyagintsev
Mon, March 12 / 7:30 PM / MIA – A / QR 35

The Young Victoria by Jean-Marc Vallée Followed by a Q&A session with Sandy Powell
Tue, March 13 / 7:00 p.m. / MIA – A / QR 35

Qumra Screenings: New Voices in Cinema

City of the Sun by Rati Oneli
Wed, March 7 / 4:30 p.m. / MIA – A / QR 35

Hunting Season by Natalia Garagiola
Wed, March 7 / 7:30 p.m. / MIA – A / QR 35

Taste of Cement by Ziad Kalthoum
Thu, March 8 / 4:30 p.m. / MIA – A / QR 35

New Voices Shorts Programme
Sat, March 10 / 4:30 p.m. / MIA – A / QR 35

Beauty and the Dogs by Kaouther Ben Hania
Wed,March 14/ 7:30 p.m / MIA – A / QR 35

Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day - Lady in Red at Shangri-La Hotel

The woman, so valued, loved and essential to civilization. She plays a critical role in society often without realizing it. She delegates, manages, invests, implements, and forms our society's future development with little or no acknowledgement.

Today we celebrate you, with you!

Location: Shangri-La Hotel
Date: March 8
Time: 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Ticket Purchase: Online
Price: QR 400


March 15 -25, 2018

Qatar International Food Festival 2018

Image credit: The Peninsula Qatar

The Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) 2018 will open on March 15 and continue for 11 days at Hotel Park. QIFF 2018 brings culinary and cultural experiences from all corners of the globe to Qatar's residents and visitors.

QIFF is the second country-wide festival of 2018, and follows on from Shop Qatar, which witnessed a 40% increase in sales based on the total number of coupons entered into raffle draws over the month-long festival.

Special Festival Experiences

Festival favourites are back this year such as the signature Live Cooking Theater with participation from internationally-renowned chefs such as U.S. MasterChef Christine Ha, Qatar's very own Aisha Al Tamimi, Kuwaiti cook Fawaz Al Omaim, Indian celebrity chef Ajay Chopra, Lebanese celebrity chef Ramzi Choueiri, and the Michelin Star chef who has been preparing the post-Oscars feast for 24 years, Wolfgang Puck. They, along with others will be sharing their culinary delights from 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily with a different theme each day.

Also back this year, is the Health Zone which encourages conscious eating habits and life choices that promote overall well-being. There will also be free fitness classes regularly held throughout QIFF allowing festival-goers to get their blood pumping while enjoying the outdoor festivities at Hotel Park.

This year, QIFF is also shedding a spotlight on locally-owned coffee shops which have become contemporary symbols of cultural and social exchange. The dedicated Coffee Zone which will give coffee lovers a chance to immerse themselves in the bean's rich aromas and flavours.

Exciting Entertainment

Adding to the festive atmosphere at Hotel Park, the main festival stage will host a variety of live performances and cultural shows running throughout the day. In the evenings, fireworks displays will light up the sky above the Doha Corniche at 8:00 pm.

Family Fun

This year, QIFF has expanded the children's area to include a mini-zoo and farmer's market, providing parents and children an opportunity to learn more about our food's journey from farm to fork. Children will be provided with sports classes, as well as creative activities courtesy of Café Ceramique.

In Doha & Around Qatar

QIFF returns with new concepts that take it beyond the festival grounds, offering an array of delightful culinary experiences across the country.

Bringing QIFF to restaurants and cafes across Qatar, festival organizers are once again offering the QIFF Menu from March 1-31. The QIFF Menu allows residents and visitors to enjoy mouth-watering food groupings of three menu items at a pre-set price of QR 49 at stand-alone cafes and restaurants, and QR 99 at hotels.

Main Location: Hotel Park
Dates: March 15 -25
Opening Hours: 4.00 p.m. - 12.00 midnight on weekdays (Saturday - Wednesday)
4:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. pm on weekends (Thursday & Friday)

Which events will you be attending this week? Let us know in the comments below, and don't forget to like and share this article!