28 cool things to do in Doha this summer

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We all know it’s hot outside, but that doesn’t mean all fun has to stop. Don’t believe us? Here’s proof – 28 cool things to do in the heat

Is the heat starting to get you down? Is cabin fever driving you crazy? Well, we’re sorry to remind you things aren’t likely to get cooler anytime soon – August typically sees July’s blazing temperatures maintained, with daily mean highs of a scorching 41°C throughout both months. Meanwhile, humidity normally rises in August (from an average of 49 percent to 55), while the calendar month also clocks the most sunlight of the year (an average of 329 hours). But don’t despair – there’s still plenty of fun to be had in Doha, as the normal pace of life picks up again in August. Still don’t believe us? Check this out – we’ve put together our favourite ways to cool down, top things to do indoors, and the smartest ways to spend time outside. In short – 28 cool things to do in the heat. That’s nearly one for every day of the month.

Cool down at a waterpark
There is clearly no better way to cool down than a day at a waterpark – that’s what they’re made for, alongside the childish thrill of waterslides, of course. Qatar’s ‘first water theme park’ Aqua is an extra-appealing option right now thanks to stacks of special summer deals. Four separate promotional packages are currently on offer, priced between QR65-130, which include meals and access to the park’s 15 rides.
Opening times vary. Aqua Park Qatar, www.aquaparkqatar.com (4490 5872).

A night out on the town

Remember those? Well the city’s after hours scene is picking up steadily, with lots of regular deals, packages, themed nights and live entertainment back just in time for August. For sheer value hit a happy hour – most wrap up early, so to make a night of it we’d recommend the buy-one-get-one free deals at Level 23 (daily 6pm-9pm; The Ritz-Carlton, West Bay 4484 8000) or The Cigar Lounge (daily 5pm-9pm; Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat, 4425 6666). Click here for our round-up of the best drinks deals in town.

Get on your skates

So used are we to seeing kids twirl around artfully in the midst of a mall, that sometimes it’s necessary to stop, pinch yourself and recall what a technological marvel it is to be ice skating in the midst of a desert. An even stranger fact is that, apart from all the symbolism and significance of hosting a gigantic slab of ice here in the first place, many Doha folks we speak to admit they’ve never once hit said ice. Well, what more fitting time than when the mercury is pushing 50 outside?
QR30-35 per session (one hour 45 minutes); QR100 full day pass. Gondolania Ice Rink, Villagio Mall, www.villaggioqatar.com (4413 5655).

Cinema to the Max
The summer blockbuster run has been good to us, with three massive Imax movies set to screen throughout August. First off, we were expecting to see the long-delayed Transformers: Age of Extinction (that’s Transformers IV to me and you) land over the Eid weekend (a good month after the rest of the world). If Michael Bay’s robots don’t tickle your cinematic fancies then hopefully you like celluloid silliness of another kind, with Marvel ensemble piece Guardians of the Galaxy, starring Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, set to land on August 14, or historical epic Hercules, starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and slated for August 21.

Splash in a pool
Okay, this might sound obvious – but taking a dip in a swimming pool is a time-honoured and sure-fire way to cool down. But while your building’s facilities may be exposed, toasty, or overcrowded with squabbling kids, make a day of it and head to the luxury of a temperature-controlled hotel pool. We recommend a day at the InterContinental Doha’s pristine pool complex. Day access QR200 (QR300 on Saturdays; QR100 for ladies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Open Sun-Thu 7am-9pm (beach until sunset). InterContinental Doha, West Bay (4484 4852).

By Robert Garratt
Time Out Doha,

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