Things to do this weekend in Doha, Qatar (September 24-26, 2020)

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Things to do this weekend in Doha, Qatar
The weather report for the weekend, according to Qatar Meteorology Department prediction is hazy weather conditions, at first, followed by hot daytime with some clouds and relative humidity at night. The minimum and maximum temperatures for the next two days will vary between 29 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius, respectively.
So staying at home and even indulging in indoor activities when stepping out seems to be the best option and lets start with  

First solo exhibition of Qatari artist Asma al-Mannai 

Just opened at the Qatar Museums’ Fire Station art venue featuring a collection of passing moments and experiences depicted using different methods and mediums, including drawing, painting, water colour and ink.
The exhibition titled, “Asma Al-Mannai: Colourful Moments” will run until October 24 at the Doha Fire Station: Artist in Residence, from 9am to 7pm between Saturday and Thursdays, and from 1.30pm to 7pm on Fridays.
QM implemented protocols in accordance with recommendations from Qatar’s Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control Office of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). 
In keeping with the guidelines set by MoPH, a limited number of visitors and staff will be allowed at the Fire Station at any given time.  
Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present a “green” health status on the Ehteraz virus-tracing app. Masks are required for all visitors (12 years of age and older). 
Each person will also be checked for a normal temperature reading at the entrance. Visitors who have a temperature or do not have a mask will not be allowed into the Fire Station

Breaking News? How the smartphone changed journalism 

Northwestern Qatar’s museum – the Media Majlis – is exploring the disruption and how journalism has responded in its latest exhibition, which is open to the public.
Breaking News? how the smartphone changed journalism examines how mobile technology connects personal and professional lives – enabling access to a world flooded with information and disinformation, including deep fakes, citizen journalism, and opinions misconstrued as fact. 
The Media Majlis is open to the public and accepting private bookings in September and October to support social distancing. Bookings can be made for up to 10 people through the museum’s website.

Artist in the time of Covid-19

Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum is hosting “Artists in the time of COVID-19” exhibition from September 4 to October 3, 2020, at the contemporary art space, The White Majlis, where art lovers and museum visitors can elevate their tour with an exceptional experience and inspiring pieces of art done by Qatar based creative artists and young talents.
The exhibitions will be open during regular museum opening hours:
  • Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The last admission to the museum collection is 60 minutes before closing and the cafe and gift shop are 30 minutes before closing time.

For admission hours and fees, please visit or call on 44861444.


Qatar Museums has up dated timings for MIA, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Fire Station and museum libraries from 1st September. 
Updated timings for MIA, Mathaf Islamic Art Museum and the Fire Station are as follows:
  • Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
  • Friday: 1:30 pm - 7 pm
  • No restriction on number of museum visitors; however, exhibitions will have reduced staff and the necessary social distancing precautions will apply.
  • MIA Library: Same as Museum opening hours
  • Mathaf Library: Sunday to Thursday, 9 am - 2:30 pm
  • No restriction on library visitors but the necessary social distancing precautions will apply.

NMoQ restaurants:

  • Jiwan
    • Saturday to Wednesday: 12 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Thursday and Friday: Closed 
  • Desert Rose Café
    • Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
    • Friday: 1 pm - 8 pm

MIA restaurants:

  • Idam 
    • Saturday to Wednesday: 12 pm – 9:30 pm 
    • Thursday: 3 pm – 9.30 pm
    • Friday: Closed
  • MIA Café - 
    • Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
    • Friday: 1:30 pm - 7 pm 

MIA Park kiosks:

  • MIA Park Kiosk Café - Daily from 3 pm - 10 pm
  • Picco Café Kiosk: Closed until further notice. 
  • Hilal Food Truck - Daily from 1 pm - 10 pm
  • Moons Café Kiosk: Closed until further notice. 


  • Café 999
  • Sunday to Saturday: 8 am - 11 pm with a break for Friday prayers between 11 am and 1 pm.

Cass Art

  • Saturday to Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm

  • Friday: 2 pm - 7 pm

Qatar Museums’ playgrounds and the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) galleries, along with its Sister Cake Mobile Kiosk, will remain closed until 1 October. 
Though NMoQ galleries remain closed, the museum has launched two digital exhibitions: Qatar’s Culinary Journey and Habitat & Shelters, exploring themes from its permanent galleries as well as content curated by the wider community. 
For more information about the upcoming virtual exhibitions, please visit: 

National Museum of Qatar’s virtual expo 

This exhibition is being hosted on the Google Arts & Culture platform features content from over 2,000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online. 

The exhibitions can be accessed through the following links: 

  1. Habitats and Shelters:
  2. Qatar’s Culinary Journey:
  3. Qatar's Culinary Journey: Special Invitation to Qatari Celebrations:
  4. Qatar’s Culinary Journey: How to Prepare Gahwa:

DFI’s Ajyal Film Festival 2020

The eight edition of Ajyal Film Festival - flagship of Doha Film Institute (DFI) is set to take place from November 18 to 23 in a new hybrid format. 
DFI has started accepting juror applications from Qatar and beyond for this year’s popular annual children’s festival.
Those wishing to register for the Ajyal Jury programme can visit:
The last date for applications is until October 31. 

Short film competition by Sundance TV

SundanceTV has announced its first-ever 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 SundanceTV later in the year.
Participants must provide proof of residence in the MENA. Films should be no longer than 15 minutes and submissions to the 2020 SundanceTV Shorts competition can be made here -

Qatar Museums exhibitions

As per previous weeks, Qatar Museums (QM) major exhibitions at the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) continues.
Visitors are required to reserve tickets in advance on the QM website. During the visit they must present a “green” health status on the Ehteraz virus-tracing app and wear face masks for the duration of their visit. 

Picasso exhibition at Fire Station

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.
The museums, galleries and heritage sites are open between the hours of 9am to 3pm.  According to the current situation, visitors are required to reserve tickets in advance on the QM website. Those of 12 years of age and older are required to wear masks, present a “green” health status on the Ehteraz virus tracing app and are checked for normal temperature at the entrance.

MIA Online

Qatar museums are now open to limited public and tickets have to be purchased in advance on the QM website. 
You may also access the collection online which includes masterpieces of Islamic art, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, and much more from three continents dating from the 7th to the 19th century.
For details: 
For educational activities to try at home for kids, its  just child’s play,  simply click: 

Katara Virtual Exhibition

Femmes à la mode" by Surahbi is a Katara  Virtual presentation that highlights  the virtual exhibition " 
The Women portrayed are strong and independent, who know what they want and desire to define their own perspective and create their own narrative through their lifestyle. For a virtual tour and info, click
Other online Katara exhibitions continue as usual.
Hope you all have a safe and happy this last weekend of September 2020.