Things to do this weekend in Qatar (August 22-24, 2019)

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With school re-opening next week, it means the end of summer holidays... But kids don't need to worry as there are still many exciting activities happening in Doha. From the LEGO Festival to Back to School Campaign activities there's lots more. We have made a list of some of the interesting ones for you.

LEGO Festival

The festival features different LEGO activities in four different zones spread across Doha Festival City and has a variety of experiences from creative brick building to instructed challenges and physical activities for visitors to engage with.

At the LEGO Friends Zone, participants can meet and engage with five exploring, creative, funny and quirky characters namely Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia and Stephanie. The activity also features a photo booth, a silent disco and a creative station where visitors are instructed how to create a LEGO heart that will be added to a giant heart display.

The LEGO Duplo activity, caters to toddlers where they can build pits, build tables, and a Duplo train all set in a park-themed set up.

The more experienced builders can head to LEGO Technic + Architecture where they get to experience building and racing LEGO cars as well as add to the ever-growing LEGO skyline with their own skyscraper tower.

They can also take a picture on the podium with the LEGO Champions Cup.

Visitors can experience a LEGO zoo with life-size forms of several animals at the LEGO Jungle.

LEGO Ninjago, tests guests’ abilities to tame the Dragons and become a master, take on the Ninjago challenges, or perfect their building skills in the brick arena.

The Lego activities are free of charge for Doha Festival City shoppers.

Where: Doha Festival City

When: On until September 17 (2pm - 7pm)

For more info, click here


Souq Waqif Art Center

Doha-based artists Kristina Aladwan, Rajeesh Ravi and Sheetal assume the perspective of visitors witnessing the everyday goings-on at Souq Waqif as they scour the different corners of the traditional market looking for what to buy or what to do.

The seven paintings that adorn the walls of Gallery 1 depict main corners of the souq which do not go unnoticed to every resident or tourist that pays a visit to the market home to  more than a thousand stalls selling all types of products.

On show at Gallery 2, are 21 paintings which showcase traditional Qatari musical performances and indigenous musical instruments.

While some of the paintings illustrate groups of Qatari musicians playing music in their traditional costumes using native instruments in one of theirs shows in Souq Waqif, others are still life of string and percussion instruments such as rababa, oud, tabla and darbuka which are widely popular in Qatar and the Arab world.

Where: Souq Waqif  Art Center

When: Open to visitors

For more info, click here


Summer Entertainment City 2019

Summer Entertainment City has reopened as part of the Eid Al Adha celebrations. The Virtual Reality and Gaming zone has VR simulators, gaming stations and themed gaming areas for various ages.

They also have retro-gaming area for people 35 years old and above as well who can actually connect with games like Pac-Man, Atari and Sega.

The main areas include amusement rides, skills games with prizes, trampoline park, a kids driving school setup, Qatar’s first InflataPark, the world’s largest bounce castle, a skate park, synthetic ice skating, Spider Climbing tower.

Ticket prices range from QR15 QR entry to the SEC, or visitors can purchase Gold Pass for QR165, Gaming Pass for QR165, Season Pass for QR999 or Season Gaming Pass for QR1,250.

Where: Doha Exhibition and Conventional Centre

When: August 9 – 23 (1pm – 11pm)

For more info, click here


Mother-son duo exhibition

Qatari artist Ahmed Al Jufairi sets the stage, his mother long deserves in the “Perfect Duet” exhibition.

Said to be the country’s first-ever mother and son exhibition, the show features 30 pieces in total comprising Al jufairi’s works displayed alongside pieces his mother Hanady Al Othman created recently.

Many of the works, in fact, were inspired by their travels to India including Al Othman’s rendition of the Pink Mosque and Al Jufairi’s several works inspired by Indian cities including Agra, New Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur.

Where: W Doha Hotel’s Art29

When: On until August 27 (10am - 10pm)


Back to School campaign

The Back to School campaign’s activities include a variety of ‘Story of Jassim’, where the story is distributed among the children to see the pictures and then write the correct number on the appropriate image, the parents can read the sentence, and ask the children to indicate the appropriate image in order to arrange the story. The aim of the stories is to introduce the student to the steps taken by Jassim on the first day of school.

There is also an interrogative activity that contains pictures of the verbs so that the child is asked what he sees from the images and explains them by himself in correct sentences.

Another activity was also devoted to the accuracy of observation through a picture (Jassim) with friends in school and the child is required to find the five differences between the two images.

Where: Mall of Qatar

When: Ongoing till August 24


Travel the World With Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an app that offers interactive courses for more than 70 languages that can be accessed for free with the Library membership card.

In this hands-on session, visitors will be introduced to Mango Languages and how to set up their own account. Visitors can use their own phone or one of the computers in the Computer Lab. Instructors will walk the visitors through all the steps and give them some time to explore the app and get started.

The event is currently fully booked, but if you wish you may register to be placed on a waiting list.

Where: Qatar National Library

When: August 24 (1pm - 2pm)

To register, click here