Seven things to do in Qatar this weekend (April 22-25)

Kareena Kapoor

It’s going to be hot and a bit dusty again this weekend, but there are still plenty of activities to check out around town, from dune bashing to kids’ events to a special appearance from an Indian film star. Here are the highlights:

Bollywood actress visit

Indian superstar Kareena Kapoor will be in Qatar tomorrow, April 23, to inaugurate the sixth showroom of Malabar Gold and Diamonds.

She is scheduled to appear at Lulu Hypermarket (D-Ring Branch) at 6:30 pm for the opening ceremony. If the reception she got last week in Abu Dhabi is any indication, expect traffic in the area to be extremely heavy as her many fans turn up to catch a glimpse.

Rainbow Park for kids

Pearl Qatar Rainbow Park

The Pearl-Qatar is opening a “Rainbow Park” tomorrow, April 23, at 18 and 1 La Croissette in Porto Arabia.

The venue will feature colorful sand pits and other rainbow-themed activities and sections, where children can build sand castles, play and interact with each other. The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 10am to 8pm daily until May 16.

Inland Sea open drive

A local group is hosting a trip to the Inland Sea this weekend and inviting residents out for a day of dune-bashing, BBQ and fun.

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Participants will learn safe dune driving techniques during the event. Those who wish to attend are requested to meet up with the group at Sealine at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 24, where the team will leave for the dunes via different routes for experienced and non-experienced drivers.

While the event is free, residents are required to have 4×4 cars, as smaller vehicles cannot be driven over the dunes, and are requested to bring their own BBQ, drinks, chairs and any other necessary tools.

Those without a 4×4 car, can hitch a ride via the event’s Facebook page here.

QMMF Sealine cross-country rally

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Join some of the best local motorsport riders as they take part in the QMMF Sealine Cross-Country Rally from April 22 to 24 at the Sealine Beach Resort.

While the event began last Saturday, residents can still catch the 3rd, 4th, and 5th legs of the race, along with the closing ceremony on April 24 for free. For more information, visit the event’s website here, or view a detailed schedule here.

Ezdan Mall kids’ day

Keep tiny tots and toddlers busy this weekend with free loom band, play-doh, planting and fruit-cutting workshops from April 23 to 25 at Ezdan Mall.

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The free activities also include face painting, kiddie fitness and a larger-than-life snake and ladder game, along with cotton candy and ice-cream treats. Children will also be entered into a daily raffle draw, with prizes drawn from 8:30 to 9pm. For more information, visit the mall’s Facebook page here.

Theater at the MIA

Students at Northwestern University in Qatar are putting on a free theater performance of Today’s Lesson: Pearls from the Past at 7pm tonight, April 22, at the Museum of Islamic Art.

The hour-long original musical, featuring music by Dana Al Fardan, is the final product of a Creative Collaboration course. The play follows the journey of three unruly schoolgirls as they venture into the past and explores themes of pearl diving, education and human growth.

Residents are welcome to attend the show’s closing performance, and reserve their seats online here.

Islamic geometry workshop

The Katara Cultural Center is hosting an Islamic geometry workshop on April 24 from 4 to 6pm at the Art Studios (Building 19).

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The workshops, which cost QR150 per person, are open to residents ages 16 years old and over, and will cover the basics of Islamic geometry and pattern-making. To book a seat, email your name and contact details to education@katara.net or call the Katara Education Center at 44080233.

Bonus:

  • Hand Puppet Family Workshop: Katara Art Studios is hosting a cloth hand puppet family workshop at Building 19 tomorrow, April 23. Three sessions of the workshop, which costs QR30, will be held on the hour from 5 to 7pm. To register a spot, email education@katara.net, or call 44081357 or 44080233.
  • MIA Park bazaar: This is one of the last weekends before summer that the Museum of Islamic Art Park will hold its weekly bazaar, on Saturday, April 25, from noon to 8pm. A homage to the old souqs of yore, the bazaar features some 150 stalls selling clothes, accessories, arts, crafts, décor and the like. The event is free and open to the public and will continue to be held every Saturday through May. For more information, visit the event’s website here.
  • Peter and the Wolf performance: The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting a one-time performance of Peter and the Wolf at the German International School tomorrow, April 23, at 4pm. Tickets to the event cost QR50 for adults and QR25 for children, and are available at the school’s reception.

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