This week Archives

I used to do a regular post called ‘This week in Qatar’ where I’d do a run down of what’s on that week. I’ve now replaced these posts with a permanent What’s On Calendar.

I’ve archived these posts below in case you want to check out what’s happened in the past.


This week in Qatar, 29 April to 5 May 2012

common thread qatar

Sunday 29th

Gulf Jazz Festival

I’ll admit I think the word ‘Festival’ is used quite loosely here, since the concert is only on for 1 night, but I guess that since it’s in conjunction with a similar festival held in Kuwait it constitutes a festival.

  • What: Concert
  • When: 8 pm
  • Where: Grand Hyatt Doha
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR 350 (Concert and Dinner), QR 140 (Concert only)
  • More info:

Monday 30th

Project Qatar

This is the 9th International Trade Construction, Building, Environmental Technology & Materials Exhibition.

  • What: Exhibition
  • When: 30 April – 3 May
  • Where: Doha Exhibition Center
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free – you can register on site
  • More info: Brochure

Tuesday 3rd

Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

Hosted by the Doha Centre for Media Freedom this will feature an art exhibition, speeches and panel discussions.

  • What: Presentation/Discussion
  • When: 6-9 pm
  • Where: QNCC Auditorium Hall 1
  • Who: Bloggers, Journalists, Writers, Artists
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: DC4MF website

Thursday 3rd

Pop up Fashion Boutique

  • What: Fashion
  • When: 7-10 pm, 3-5 May
  • Where: Katara Art Center
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Facebook

Saturday 5th

MIA Park Bazaar

  • What: Market
  • When: 12-7 pm
  • Where: MIA Park
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Facebook

Image via Common Threads

This week in Qatar, 22-28 April 2012

fashion market qatar

Monday 23rd

QPWN Speed Networking

  • What: Networking
  • When: 6 – 8 pm
  • Where: Bread and Bagels, West Bay
  • Who: Women only
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: QPWN facebook

Wednesday 25th

ANZAC Day dawn service

Mark the 97th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings this year in true Qatar style, down at the beach. Complimentary Tea / Coffee and Light Breakfast will be served after. Please RSVP by 22 April so that they can get numbers for catering.

  • What: Dawn service
  • When: 4.45 am for a 5 am start. Light breakfast will be served after commemoration until 6.30 am
  • Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel beach
  • Who: Aussies and Kiwis
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Ph 66736395 or email

Thursday 26th

DFI Japanese Cinema Showcase

This year DFI are celebrating Japanese film makers with the Cinema Showcase. This month they play Howl’s Moving Castle which features the voices of Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall and Billy Crystal.

Saturday 28th

Fashion Fair

We don’t get many chances to grab a second hand bargain in Doha. This is a good opportunity.

Image via Pinterest

This week in Qatar, 14-21 April 2012

Eric Rasina VCU Fashion

Monday 16th

Davis Cup Tennis

  • What: Sport event
  • When:Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
  • Where: Khalifa Stadium
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Davis Cup website

Tuesday 17th

‘Arabesque’ Fashion Show

The 13th Annual Fashion Show held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar is the result of a full project for Fashion Design students at VCUQatar, which includes every aspect of fashion show production from designs and model try-outs to the runway show.
Tickets will be available free of charge from 6:15pm at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Only one ticket will be given to each person attending. Due to strong demand, guests are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. The show starts at 7:30pm with doors closing at 7:15pm
Eric Raisina, a fashion designer and weaver from Madagascar who recently participated in Doh’Art Intercultural Festival at Katarawill be the guest designer.

  • What: Fashion Show
  • When: Tickets available from 6.15 pm, show starts at 7.30 pm
  • Where: VCU Qatar Atrium, Education City
  • Who: First come first seated
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:VCU email

Wednesday 18th

Platform Doha

Platform is an expo based around gaming, entertaining and online content.

  • What: Conference
  • When: 9-5 pm
  • Where: Qatar University
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Platform homepage

Thursday 19th

DJ Jazzy Jeff

I know that most of us notice that the words ‘and the Fresh Prince’ are missing from the last part of this act, but who knows, maybe it was Jeff who was carrying Will in those early years?!

  • What: Concert
  • When: Doors open at 8 pm
  • Where: Qube, Ramada Plaza
  • Who: Fans of the 90’s
  • Cost: QR 120, ladies free, membership required
  • More info: Time Out online

Friday 20th

8th Al Jazeera International documentary Film Festival

Don’t worry – I’ve already asked if the movies come with English subtitles. They do!

  • What: Film Festival
  • When: Thursday 19 – 22, times vary
  • Where: Sheraton Hotel
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Aljazeera

Image from Eric Raisina fashion show from PINAY Corner

This week in Qatar, 8-14 April

gift wrapping

This week we take a break from all the conferences and exhibitions to have a look at a couple of quirkier events going on.

Monday 9th

SustainableQatar monthly meeting: Bee Keeping in Qatar.

SustainableQatar is a volunteer-based organisation that meets monthly to address environmental issues relevant to Qatar. This month will host Khalid Alsuwaidi, one of the few professional Qatari beekeepers who has been experimenting with creating better hives for the hot and humid weather conditions of Qatar

  • What: Monthly meeting
  • When: 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
  • Where: Friends of the Environment Centre
    Al Rasheed St
  • Who: Everyone but there are membership options
  • Cost: Free (Membership QR50)
  • More info: SustainableQatar website

Tuesday 10th

Gift-wrapping workshop

Led by reps from Wrapt!, participants will learn how to wrap presents. I just think this is the cutest quirkiest idea! A must!

  • What: Workshop
  • When: 6.30-8 pm
  • Where: Tribe Booksstore, Student Center, Education City
  • Who: Gift-givers
  • Cost: QR 50
  • More info: Email

Thursday 12th

Man to climb the Torch bare-handed.

A man known as ‘The Spiderman’ will attempt to scale the outside of The Torch Hotel without a safety rope or harness! He has previously climbed the Empire State Building in the USA and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • What: Daredevil stunt!
  • When: 4 pm
  • Where: The Torch Hotel, Aspire Zone
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free to spectators
  • More info:

What are you up to this week?

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This week in Qatar, 1-7 April

Get a job!Well the weather’s getting warmer albeit windier, so lots of activities are moving inside. That’s good news for places like the QNCC building which has a packed program this week.

Sunday 1st

Qatar Career Fair

Get a job! The largest recruitment event for young people in the country, the Qatar Career Fair will host over 150 companies. There will be workshops, competitions and of course the chance to meet representatives from business who might be able to offer you a job! There will be a ladies only morning on Wednesday.

  • What: Career Fair
  • When: 12-9 pm Sunday, 9am – 9 pm Monday – Thursday 5th
  • Where: Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), opposite Qatar Foundation
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Qatar Career Fair website

Monday 2nd

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

22 members from the Globe Theatre in London have come to perform this Shakespear favourite.

  • What: Theatre
  • When: 6-8 pm
  • Where: Katara Drama Theatre, Building 13
  • Who: Aimed at young people
  • Cost:
  • More info: Katara

Wednesday 4th

Coliseum Summit

Coliseum Summit is a conference and networking event dedicated to the various challenges and solutions relating to the sports venues in the Middle East.

  • What: Conference
  • When: Full day
  • Where: The Torch
  • Who: Anyone involved in sports venues, services, management, facilities etc
  • Cost: QR 1,630
  • More info: Website

Friday 6th

Corona Sports Day

The poster for this sold me. I just want to be on the sand playing sports and drinking Corona!

  • What: Beach drinks
  • When: 12 – 10 pm
  • Where: The Intercontinental Doha Beach
  • Who: +21
  • Cost: QR 50
  • More info: Facebook

Saturday 7th

TEDxEducation City

If you don’t know what TED is by now, you need to get Googling. Basically, it’s tagline is ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. TEDxEducationCity will showcase Education City as a center for innovation and forward thinking through a lineup of speakers who work with them..

  • What: TED conference
  • When: 1.30 pm
  • Where: Qatar National Convention Center
  • Who: TED fans (aka everyone with any taste!)
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Event page

What are you up to this week?

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This week in Doha, 25-31 March

Sunday 25th

Doha Tweetup: Meet the Press

  • What: Networking
  • When: 6.30 – 8 pm
  • Where: Al Tabkha Restaurant, The Pearl
  • Who: Twitter lovers
  • Cost: free
  • More info: Doha Tweetups Eventbrite

Tuesday 27th

An hour with Susan Abulhawa hosted by Tribe Bookstore.

Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the 1967 war, when Israel captured what remained of Palestine, including Jerusalem. Her book, Mornings with Jenin tell of the Palestinian experience. Note: The event is in English with simultaneous Arabic translation.

  • What: Author presentation/Book signing
  • When: 6:30pm – 7:30pm,
  • Where: The Cinema, Student Center Education City
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Event Flyer

Wednesday 28th

Doha Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series 2012

Get a visual warm up for the Olympics by watching some of the world’s best gymnasts bend and flip their way around the Aspire Dome.

  • What: Sports event
  • When: 28-30 March, 3- 8 pm
  • Where: Aspire Dome
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: I think it’s free?
  • More info: Doha Gym Website

Thursday 29th

Japanese Cinema Showcase – screening ‘The Departures’.

Part of a year-long screening series aimed at exploring Japanese cinematic traditions, The Departures is about a professional cellist who finds himself working as a funeral professional after his orchestra dissolves.

  • What: Movie
  • When: 7 pm
  • Where: Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium
  • Who: Harajuku lovers!
  • Cost: QR 35
  • More info: DFI website

Friday 30th

Hope Floats: First Intercontinental Doha’s Raft Race.

Participants are challenged to create and race a raft out of recycled material.

  • What: Not quite sure how to define this one!
  • When: Gates open to participants at 8 am, public entry from 9.30 am
  • Where: The beach at the Intercontinental hotel
  • Who: Open to all residents
  • Cost: QR 500/1000 for race registration. QR50 to watch.
  • More info: Facebook

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This week in Doha, 18-24 March

Mathaf museum qatar

There seems to be a very arty theme to this week’s activities. Either art in Qatar is on the rise, or the local museums/galleries are getting really good at marketing and publicity!

Sunday 18th

Global Art Forum: The Medium of Media

The Qatar leg of the Middle East’s leading platform for contemporary art discourse focuses on media as art, as well as from a publishing perspective. If you can’t attend you can also live stream the event from the Mathaf website.

  • What: Forum, debates, presentations
  • When: 18 March 3-6 pm, 19 March 2-7 pm
  • Where: Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Mathaf Site

Monday 19th

Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts

Supported by both the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), this exhibition explores Islamic art through the tradition of gift-giving. Alongside the exhibition, the MIA is planning an extensive education program including lectures, workshops and other activities.

  • What: Art exhibition
  • When: 19 March – 2 June 2012
  • Where: Museum of Islamic Art
  • Who: Everyone, especially art-lovers/history buffs
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Qatar Museums Authority

Tuesday 20th

Ladies Coffee morning hosted by Fanar

  • What: Coffee
  • When: 9.30 – 11 am
  • Where: A traditional Qatari Home
  • Who: Women
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Fanar Flyer

Wednesday 21st

Women Entrepreneurs Workshop Series. Workshop 2: Women Entrepreneurs and Qatari Laws

A workshop outlining the legal aspects of establishing a business in Qatar. There’s also a big focus on question-asking.

If I didn’t have a job and therefore a contract saying I can’t engage in business outside my current institution, I would be all over this one!

  • What: Workshop
  • When: 3-6 pm
  • Where: Georgetown University, Faculty Conference Room
  • Who: Women and Men
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Education City Facebook page

Friday 23rd

Christie’s in Doha

Katara is collaborating with Christie’s Auction house to showcase artwork from it’s upcoming auctions of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art.

Image of Mathaf Museum taken by me

This week in Qatar, 12 – 18 February
Cat Stevens DohaBig week in Doha this week. Huge.

Sunday 12th

Qatar Total Open

The men’s tennis was amazing – now let’s hear it for the ladies.

  • What: Sport!
  • When: Sunday 12 – 19 Feb. Play starts about 3.30 pm each day
  • Where: International Tennis and Squash complex
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR 30-180
  • More info: QTF Website

Monday 13th

Stand Up Comedy

  • What: Comedy
  • When: Doors open 6.30 pm, show starts 7.30 pm
  • Where: Bistro 61, Alfardan Towers, West Bay
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR120
  • More info: SUCQ website

Tuesday 14th

James Blunt Concert

Love him or hate him, the guy is passionate about playing music and that should be reason enough to go and check him out. Hurry if you want tickets – at time of writing there are JUST 36 FAN PIT TICKETS LEFT!!

  • What: Concert
  • When: 9.00 pm – 12.00 am
  • Where: Intercontinental Hotel
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR 250 for regular tickets
  • More info: Virgin Megastore

Thursday 16th

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam

Surely a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve been told he’ll be ‘sandwiching’ his old stuff with his new stuff

  • What: Concert
  • When: 8 pm
  • Where: MIA park, next to the Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche
  • Who: Everyone – especially anyone who knows Cat thanks to their parents hogging the tape deck in the car on road trips
  • Cost: QR 210 for regular tickets
  • More info: Doha News

Cat Stevens image source

This week in Doha, 5 – 11 February

cai guo qiangSunday 5th

Greatest Hits of Classical Music

Performed by the lovely Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. These things usually sell out pretty quickly so hopefully there are still tickets left!

Monday 6th

Traditions and controversies

Iraqi American art historian, Nada Shabout, discusses issues of tradition, artistic creation, public and private presentation and education. The start time is 6 pm. There’s usually a buffet available at 6 pm and the talk starts at 6.30 pm.

Tuesday 7th

In Conversation: Cai Guo Qiang with Abdelwahed al-Mawlawi

Join a conversation moderated by Qatari artist Abdelwahed al-Mawlawi with Cai Guo Qiang as he discusses his exhibition Cai Guo Qiang: Saraab. The conversation will be in English, with simultaneous translation available. Email to RSVP, space is limited.

Wednesday 8th

Evening Reading Club – French Literature

The evening reading club is for those who do not have the French as their mother tongue. Particpants will talk about Romain Sardou, a successful author of historical thrillers

Friday 10th

Breaking Guinness World Record of Largest Game of Hide & Seek Charity Event

Stenden University are hosting this event at Katara. After the game there’ll be some musical entertainment. All the money collected in this event will go to Qatar Red Crescent.

  • What: Giant game of Hide and Seek
  • When: Registration is between 12-3 pm. Rules are read out at 3 pm
  • Where: Katara
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR50 for ages 17 and above, QR30 for ages 16 and below. This will get you a TShirt and lunch
  • More info: Facebook Event Page

Saturday 11th

Terry Fox Run

Help raise money for cancer research by running, walking, wheeling or riding.

  • What: Fun run
  • When: Registration is at 2 pm. Race starts at 4 pm.
  • Where: College of North Atlantic, Duhail
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free, a donation is encouraged
  • More info: Facebook

Cai guo qiang image from here

This week in Doha, 29 January – 4 February

Everything-Mobile ForumMonday 30th

Pub Quiz night at the Ramada

Teams of up to 6 people can take part. I’ve been to one of these and to be honest, it was a little slow-paced for my impatient Gen-Y self and a lot of the questions had quite a UK slant. So if you’re not short of time and hail from the land of tea and scones definitely give this one a go! P.S. If you’re a healthy eater, eat beforehand!

  • What: Quiz Night
  • When: 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Ramada Plaza
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Call 4428-1555

Tuesday 31st

Presentation by Nabil ‘Nabs’ Al Busaidi.

This one’s organized by the Dutch Business Council

  • What: Lecture/talk
  • When: 6 pm
  • Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Al Wajba Room
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free for Dutch Business Council Members, QR100 for everyone else (pay at the door)
  • More info: DBCQ website


Thursday 2nd

Around the World

This fashion event will host a special guest: blogger for My Fash Diary and stylist extroardinaire, Tala Samman.

  • What: Event
  • When: 6-9 pm
  • Where: Impressions Boutique, The Pearl
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:

Friday 3rd

Qatar Masters Golf

Bring out your polo shirts people – the golf is here!

  • What: Sport
  • When: 2-5 February. First tee off is at 6.30 am.
  • Where: Doha Golf club
  • Who: Everyone who can shush!
  • Cost: 50 QR per day
  • More info: Qatar Masters Homepage

Saturday 4th

Everything Mobile Forum

Hosted by ictQATAR This forum will focus on the future of mobile in the Arab Region. Luckily day 1 falls on a weekend so all the worker bees can attend. First day topics include Mobile for Social Good and Mobile Content and Entertainment

  • What: Forum/Conference
  • When: 8.00am – 4.00pm , 4th and 5th February
  • Where: Sharq Village and Spa
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: ictQATAR Website

Mobile image source

This week in Doha, 22-28 January

Qatar-Motor-ShowSunday 22nd

5th Shafallah Forum

Conference on issues related to disability

  • What: Conference
  • When: 22-24 January, 9.30 am start
  • Where: Shafallah Center
  • Who: By invitation – see the website for an invitation request
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:

Monday 23rd

Vienna Boys Choir

The best known boys’ choir in the world will perform their famous New Year Programme featuring works by Johann Strauss, Verdi, Bizet, Schumann, Suppe, Josef Strauss, Mascagni and Mozart.

Tuesday 24th

1st Conference on the History of Women & Sport: From Past to Future

  • What: Conference/Forum
  • When: 22-24 January, 8 am – 2.30 pm
  • Where: Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:

Wednesday 25th

Research, Design and Proven Outcomes

Thursday 26th

Australia Day

A special menu, drinks specials and Australian DJ

  • What: Night out
  • When: 6 pm onwards
  • Where: Paloma, Intercontinental Hotel
  • Who: Aussies!
  • Cost: No entry fee
  • More info: Phone 4484 4444

Friday 27th

Qatar Motor Show 2012

  • What: Exhibit, demonstrations, shows
  • When: 25-28 January
  • Where: Doha Exhibition Center
  • Who: Business, Citizens and Residents, Visitors, Families, Media
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:

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This week in Qatar, 11-17 December 2011

Arab games qatarSunday 11th

Arab Games

The Arab games started with a bang on Friday night with an impressive opening ceremony. The games are taking place all around town and are a great opportunity to see some international sporting talent for next to nix. Some of the events even double as qualifiers for the 2012 Olympics. Go Qatar!

  • What: Sports
  • When: 9-23 December
  • Where: Different sporting venues
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: It’s just been announced that all remaining tickets are FREE!
  • More info: Arab Games Website

Monday 12th

Common Thread

Stay ahead of the fash pack by showing up to VCU’s trunk show, Common Thread, a preview of the latest wares from VCU’s talented students and alumni.

  • What: Shopping!
  • When: 5 pm
  • Where: Saffron Hall, VCU Qatar, Education City
  • Who: Fabulous fashionistas encouraged, not-so-fashionable public welcome!
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: VCU

Tuesday 13th

Qatar Professional Womens Network Year End Celebration

  • What: Networking
  • When: 7-9 pm
  • Where: Mamig Restaurant, Katara (
  • Who: Women only
  • Cost: 100 QR
  • More info: QPWN

Wednesday 13th

22nd Doha International Book Fair

Anyone who has been in Doha for more than a week knows that good books are like gold here. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading the latest trashy crime thrillers (I hear there’s a new Jack Reacher installment out soon…), but sometimes a girl needs a little literary variety.

  • What: Book sale
  • When: 12-22 December
  • Where: Doha Exhibition Center
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Entrance is free, books are
  • More info: Gulf Times article

Thursday 14th

Registrations open at the Institut Francais

A new term of language lessons is starting in January so book your place for either Arabic or French classes from 13 December

  • What: Language classes
  • When: January
  • Where: Institut Francias
  • Who: Francophiles!
  • Cost: Depends
  • More info:

Friday 16th

MIA park opens

The more parks in Doha the better – let’s hope this one has plenty of shade!

  • What:
  • When: Open 1030-2300 every day except Tuesday
  • Where: Behind the Museum of Islamic Art
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Gulf times article

Saturday 17th

Richard III

Undoubtably one of the most surprising and anticipated productions to come to Doha this year, Shakespeare’s Richard the III, starring actor Kevin Spacey (aka Keyser Soze) has included Qatar in its world tour. The expat community went into a Hamlet-like craze when these tickets were announced – hopefully there’s still some left.

  • What: Play
  • When: 16-17 December
  • Where: QNCC Theatre
  • Who: Thespians and Shakespeare fans
  • Cost: Ranges
  • More info: Doha Film Institute

Image from Gulf News

This week in Doha, 20-26 November 2011

Sunday 20th

Concert of Mr. Károly Mocsári 

To commemorate 200 years since the birth of pianist Franz Liszt, Katar is hosting a free concert by Hungarian pianist Károly Mocsári

  • What: Concert
  • When: 7.30 pm
  • Where: Katara Cultural Village, Opera House, Building 16
  • Who: Anyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Katara website

Monday 21st

Tracking the Arab Spring: The Best Day after a Bad Emperor is the First’ by Fouad Ajami – Part of the Distinguished Lecture Series

Tuesday 22nd

Diyafa 2011 – Hospitality Trade Show

I’m hoping there’ll be food to sample at this one!

  • What: Expo
  • When: 22-24 November, 2-9 pm
  • Where: Doha Exhibition Centre
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Event Page

Wednesday 23rd

Qatar Professional Women’s Network – Work Life Balance workshop

Friday 25th

Aftermath of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

  • What: Talk
  • When: 5 – 7 pm
  • Where: Katara, Building 15
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: I love Qatar  

Saturday 26th

CAN-Q’s Holiday Bazaar

  • What: Market
  • When: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Where: College of North Atlantic – Qatar, Buildings 1 and 3
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR 10
  • More info:  Event Poster

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This week in Doha, 13-19 November 2011

venus williams aspire

Monday 14th


This one hasn’t received nearly enough of the attention that it is due. Guest speakers include experts in the field of sports-related design, media and event planning as well as international stars including Venus Williams, Carl Lewis and Ruebens Baricello. Most stars will be giving autograph sessions.

  • What: Conference/Exhibition
  • When: Saturday 12-Tuesday 15th
  • Where: Aspire Dome
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Varies
  • More info:

Wednesday 16th

Global Entrepreneurship Week

  • What: Workshop and Networking
  • When: 6pm – 10 pm
  • Where: The Student Center, Education City
  • Who: Anyone interested in business
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:

Saturday 19th

Refresh Qatar, VCU

Refresh Qatar is an informal morning of workshops, presentations and Q&A sessions. I figure that social media is only getting bigger so it’s a good idea to attend anything like this. I’ll definitely be at this one – I hope they have snacks!

Image via Aspire4Sport

This week in Doha, 30 October – 5 November 2011

museum of islamic art

Sunday 30th

Fuel your success with a natural high – Art of Abundant Living

  • What: Workshop
  • When: 6-8 pm
  • Where: Bedaya Center, Katara Cultural Village
  • Who: 18-30 year olds
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Bedaya Center Homepage

Monday 31st

Fourth biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

The three-day symposium, ‘God is Beautiful; He Loves Beauty: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture’, is being held at the MIA from October 29 to 31 and is open to members of the public

According to the Gulf Times, it is “considered the pre-eminent conference regarding Islamic art and culture, the symposium features 12 speakers from around the world, all leading scholars in Islamic art and architecture, whose papers will focus on objects in the collection of the Museum of Islamic Art.”

  • What: Forum
  • When: October 29 to 31
  • Where: Museum of Islamic Art
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free 

Tuesday 1st

How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone, a survival guide by Rosie Garthwaite.

  • What: Discussion/book signing
  • When: 6-7pm
  • Where: Northwestern University Qatar
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Facebook page

Wednesday 2nd

 Same old song a film by Alain Resnais

Synopsis : Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille who just completed her doctoral thesis has fallen in love with an estate agent who is responsible for Odile’s apartment and who has an elder employee…Audacious, delightful and just about perfect from first note to last! Movie is in French with English subtitles.

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This week in Doha, 23-29 October 2011

Sunday 23rd

Stand Up Comedy Night

  • What: Comedy performance
  • When: 6.30 pm for 7 pm start
  • Where: Building 18, Katara Village
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR20

Monday 24th

QPWN Networking Night

The Qatar Professional Women’s Network networking night is upon us again, this time at the Mango Tree which just happens to be the ‘it’ place at the moment. Last Friday night the music was shut down for being too loud/inappropriate so it should have the perfect atmosphere for chatting!!

  • What: Networking
  • When: 6 – 8 pm
  • Where: Mango Tree, The Pearl
  • Who: Women only
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: QPWN homepage

Tuesday 25th

VCU Crossing Boundaries Lecture

I’ve already written about my experience at one of the Crossing Boundaries lectures. This month the speaker is Eric Gaskin, a fashion designer from New York.

  • What: Lecture
  • When: 6 pm
  • Where: VCUQatar Atrium
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: VCU Homepage

Wednesday 26th

Doha Tribecca Film Festival 2011

Technically it starts on Tuesday but since tickets to that are already sold out I figure it doesn’t count!

  • What: Movies
  • When: 25 – 29 October, times vary
  • Where: Katara Village, City Centre cinemas
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR 30-50 per movie (a bloody bargain!). Some movies are free.
  • More info: DTFF website

Thursday 27th

Thai Festival of lights

  • What: A night of Thai Culture
  • When: 7 pm – 11.30 pm
  • Where: Fish Market beachfront, InterContinental Doha
  • Who: Everyone
  • Cost: QR 220
  • More info: Intercon Facebook page 

This Week in Doha: 16-22 October 2011

Sunday 16th

Breast Cancer Fundraising Event

  • What: Fundraiser
  • When: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Education City, Student Centre, Majilis area
  • Who: Anyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: nomad* blog

Tuesday 18th

Doha Tweetups – Startups

Doha Tweetups are a group that encourages anyone in Doha who uses any social networking platform to get together and network in person, as well as listen to interesting speakers on a designated theme. This month’s theme is entrapaneurship/startups

  • What: Networking
  • When: Tuesday 18th, 6 pm
  • Where: Katara Cultural Center, Building 15
  • Who: Anyone
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:

Wednesday 19th

Job Seeker’s Workshop

  • What: Workshop
  • When: 3.30 to 6.30 p.m.
  • Where: Register for venue details
  • Who: Women
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: 20

Thursday 20th

Stress Management Workshop- Part 2

  • What: Workshop
  • When: 3.30 to 6.30 p.m.
  • Where: Register for venue details
  • Who: Women
  • Cost: Free
  • More info:

Image from nomad* blog

This week in Doha, 9-15 October 2011


Sunday 9th

51 East 50% off sale

  • What: Sale!
  • When: Until October 12
  • Where: 51 East branches: Al Maha center, City Center Doha and Lagoona Mall, West Bay
  • Who: Shoppers!
  • More info: Gulf Times

Monday 10th

How Women Succeed book launch

  • What: Book Launch, Networking
  • When: 6 pm
  • Where: Khan Farouk Tarab Café, Katara Cultural Village
  • Who: Professional Women
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: Qatar Tribune

Tuesday 11th

In Conversation-Perception of Artists in Qatar

Wednesday 12th

Understanding Personalities to Create Your Success

Part of a collaboration between Qatar Professional Womens Network (QPWN) and Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar (VCU), this free workshop series is themed Equipped to Succeed. I went to the first one and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend attending. FYI they serve tea, coffee and snacks.

  • What: Workshop
  • When: 6-8 pm
  • Where: VCU. Check exact room with security when you arrive
  • Who: Women
  • Cost: QR 50
  • More info: QPWN website

Thursday 13th

Being Assertive Workshop

  • What: Worshop
  • When: 4.30 to 7.30 p.m.
  • Where: Location given upon registration
  • Who: Women
  • Cost:Free
  • More info: QPWN website 

Saturday 15th

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs the Rite of Spring

Music buffs with recognise this unusual ballet soundtrack as the work of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

  • What: Live music
  • When: 7.30 pm
  • Where: Katara Cultural Village, Building 16
  • Who: Music Fans
  • Cost: Vary
  • More info: Qatar Philharmonic website

Image from qatarisbooming

This week in Doha, 2-8 October 2011

infedex qatarLife in Doha has really changed over the last few weeks. Everyone’s back from holidays, the weather’s cooler and we’re all ready to do some good quality schmoozing!

Sunday 2nd

Back2Business 2011

I’ve been told that this is the premier business and networking event in Qatar. Now in its 7th year, and with a focus on, you guessed it, business in Qatar, Back2Business is expecting over 600 international guests to come to Sharq Village and Spa to eat drink and talk shop. Here’s a write up on the event in The Penninsular

  • What: Networking event
  • When: 7 pm
  • Where: Sharq Village and Spa
  • Who: Anyone involved in business
  • Cost: QAR 200 if purchased online or QAR 250 if bought at the door.
  • More info: Back2Business website
  • Contact:

Monday 3rd

Stress Management Workshop- Part 1

Part of a collaboration between Qatar Professional Womens Network (QPWN) and BNP Paribas, this free workshop series is aimed to help women hone their professional skills. This week the topic is stress.

  • What: Workshop
  • When: 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Must register to find out
  • Who: Women who don’t have to work in the afternoon!
  • Cost: Free
  • More info: QPWN website
  • Contact:

Tuesday 4th

In Coversation – Art Education in Qatar

Wednesday 5th

The International Furniture, Design Exhibition and Awards

8,000 people visited last year, with the majority being general public. I’m quite sure what to expect but I definitely think it’s worth a drop in. Here’s the Gulf Times write-up.

  • What: Expo
  • When: 5 – 8 October, Wednesday 10:30AM – 1:00PM | 3PM – 9PM, Thursday 10:30AM – 1:00PM | 3PM – 9PM, Friday 3PM – 9PM, Saturday 3PM – 9PM
  • Where: Doha Exhibition Center
  • Who: Everyone
  • More info: Qatar Exhibition Centre Website
  • Cost: I think it’s free
  • Contact:

Thursday 6th

6th Latin American Cultural Festival

Premiering this year, the Latin Festival will offer a variety of entertainment including music, movies, a circus and handicrafts market. I’m going to opening night – can’t wait!

  • What: Music concerts, movies, markets, circus
  • When: October 6-15, times vary
  • Where: Katara Cultural Village
  • Who: Lovers of all things Latino!
  • Cost: Depends on the event
  • More info:
  • Contact:

Friday 7th

Doha Park

This festival will run until Eid and will feature over 100 entertaining events and attractions.

  • What: Entertainment event including amusement park, movies, concerts, plays
  • When: October 6 to November 17
  • Where: Near Doha Exhibition Centre
  • Who: Varies, but there should be some good stuff for families. National- and expat-friendly
  • Cost: Varies
  • More info: Doha Park Website

Saturday 8th


Drinking and German food. Some of the big hotels import a German oompah band! You get the picture?