20 things to do in Doha this month

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The Corridor
Ongoing until August 31
There is an exciting and new art exhibition with regional artists’ work on show at the Grand Hyatt, named The Corridor. There is an eclectic range of art to look at and for sale, including pictures of exploding pomegranates, portraits, koi carps, camels, landmarks and many more. 19 artists from 17 different countries show the varying styles and influences of the exhibition.
Prices vary. Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

A special suhoor
Ongoing until end of Ramadan
IDAM by Alain Ducasse has created something special for suhoor. The restaurant, located in the Museum of Islamic Art, is allowing us to indulge in an Arabian and international feast. A large mezze selection (including snails), a choice of soups, the signature cookpot to share and chicken or hammour for main course are just some of the dishes on offer. There are also Arabic and international desserts.
Sweet menu QR280, full suhoor QR590. 9pm-1am, closed Tuesday & Friday. Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4422 4488).

Ramadan family workshop
July 3
Children aged 4-15 can enjoy traditional Arabic music and have a hands-on approach, getting into the spirit of Ramadan. All nationalities are very welcome as you can learn more about the Holy Month traditions. QR150. 8pm-11pm.
Katara Art Building 19, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0233). For queries, email education@katara.net.

Put on your dancing shoes
With more free time during Ramadan, it could be time to try something different. And Bulgarian Folk Dance classes could be just your thing, headed up by Velislava Metodieva. Quite what to expect we are not sure, but it sounds like good fun. Non-members QR65 for one class, QR400 for eight classes. Every Tuesday & Saturday 7pm-8pm.
Radisson Blu Doha, Intersection of C-Ring Road and Salwa Road (4428 1621).

Summer breeze
Throughout July
An energising and refreshing treatment, starting with a foot ritual followed by Jojoba body polish and sun soothing facial that prepares your skin for the rays of the sun. It is QR1,325, lasting 150 minutes and available from 9am-9pm. Go on, treat yourself in your spare time.
Four Seasons Doha, Spa & Wellness Centre, West Bay (4494 8802).

A new Blanco
The balcony bar at the Hilton Hotel has had a revamp and is now in an air conditioned tent so the summer months can be enjoyed again. Throughout Ramadan, you can use it as an ideal after-iftar spot to continue to chat with friends and have Ramadan drinks in a luxurious and different setting. After Ramadan, normal service resumes.
Hilton Hotel, West Bay (4423 3333).

Last visit to exhibitions
Two exhibitions from Qatar Museums will be ending this week, so this is your last chance to have a look if you haven’t done so already. Exhibition 555, at the old fire station, will be running until July 14. Iraqi artists Dia Azzawi and Ismail Azzan are on show. Fire Station, Wadi Al Sail, www.firestation.org.qa. Marvellous Creatures brings to life animals in manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery and more until July 11.
Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (4422 4444).

Colouring figures
July 10
As part of ongoing Ramadan events for children, there are colouring workshops where children aged 4-15 are encouraged to draw typical Ramadan décor and create Ramadan patterns. It is for all children and families are welcome as well.
QR100. 8pm-11pm. Katara Art Building 19, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0233). For queries, email education@katara.net.

The last iftar (or suhoor)
July 17 (predicted)
Enjoy iftar or/and suhoor for the last time during Ramadan before Eid. There are so many places to try, so our suggestion is to go to one of the tents featured in this month’s edition. The Marriott Marquis serves a delectable iftar at Wanassa tent, with Arabian and international selections for QR235. Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100). And make the most of the last day by having a suhoor as well. Perhaps you can pop over to La Cigale, with a great Arabian vibe, live cooking stations and international selections for QR250.
La Cigale, Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, C-Ring Road (4428 8698).

Great for families
From July 16
The yellow-celled organisms have life ambitions to serve cruel masters, but find themselves with no one to serve. So Kevin, Stuart and Bob set off in search for something to do in life. They meet super villain Scarlet Overkill and go back in time to Mod London, 1960s New York and frozen Antarctica, all to save Minionkind from annihilation.
Novo Cinema, Medina Centrale, The Pearl area (4418 4736).

July 18-20
So the eating never stops. Now it is time to break the fast and to enjoy some of the offers available. There are options all over the city, but our pick this month is a classic – Market by Jean-Georges at the W. On the second day of Eid, July 19 predicted, the brunch will run from noon-4pm with two options – one for QR295, the other for QR410. Have a look at our listings for a full schedule. Market by Jean-Georges, W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5135). Don’t fancy eating? Have a look in the shops as there may still be some sales on and take a well-earned break for this public holiday.

Terminator Genisys
From July 16
Yes, there’s a new Terminator movie out, and Arnie is back! This time he fights the T-1000 again and another version of his own model, the T-800. This is all with the purpose of saving Sarah Connor’s life as her son John is the only one who can stop Judgment Day. The only problem this time, however, is that John Connor has been captured by the machines and sent back in time to destroy any hope of salvation – by killing his own mother. This promises to be a good watch.
Novo Cinema, Medina Centrale, The Pearl area (4418 4736); numerous shopping mall cinemas.

Meet Elmo
July 18-22
One of Sesame Street’s most iconic characters, Elmo will be flying all the way from America to make toddlers laugh and smile in Doha. He will be at the QNCC for five days, doing one show at 5pm and one show at 8pm, lasting approximately 90 minutes each. He will also be making a special visit on July 16 to the FNAC store at Lagoona Mall at the kids’ section.
QNCC tickets from QR99. Tickets available at FNAC, Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon (4433 5599). Qatar National Convention Center, Education City (4470 7000).

Splash and dash
July 19 & 22
In a sustained effort to get Doha healthy, enjoy the second version of the splash and dash, open to everyone. Registration is just QR10 at the Aspire Dome reception. Go at your own pace as 50 participants at a time enjoy the benefits of swimming.
Sunday & Wednesday 7pm-9pm, Aspire Dome swimming pool, Aspire Zone, Al Wabb Street, lifeinaspire.qa. Also open July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15.

Summer camps for kids
July 1-August 30
There are many camps to keep young ones entertained this summer, with music, arts and crafts, playing, singing, sports and much more. One option for very little ones is Erin Mills Nursery for children aged nine months to 4-years-old.
QR750 per week, Villa 9, Furousiya St, opposite Doha Zoo, nr Villaggio (6609 1400).

New York Restaurant promotion
July 21-August 15
New York City restaurants participate in Restaurant Week every year. The Anvil Rooms is extending this to three weeks over the summer. You can get a three-course menu for lunch for $25 (QR91) and at early dinner for $38 (QR138). Lunch is from noon-3pm, early dinner from 5.30pm-7pm. Go and get your bargain now.
The Anvil Rooms, Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0685).

Swimming lessons for kids
July 26-August 6
As part of a summer camp at the Oryx Rotana, children can learn to swim from qualified instructors. Of course, there are millions of other activities available at this camp. Ring up and find out exactly what the programme of events are.
QR1,000 for parents who are members, QR1,200 non-members. Sunday-Thursday. Bodylines, Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3486).

Ant Man
From July 30
Ant-Man is a marvel in more than one way. The Marvel comic character is larger than life, but shrunk to the size of an ant to enable him to have super-human strength. Ant-Man Lang manages to protect the secret of his special Ant-Man suit designed by Dr Pym and, of course, in the meantime, saves the world as he battles Yellowjacket, a wasp sized super villain.
Novo Cinema, Medina Centrale, The Pearl area (4418 4736); numerous shopping mall cinemas.

Go to Toro Toro
Open now
The Latin American chain of restaurant has opened at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski and first signs are very promising that the restaurant will add a new dining dimension to the city. With Peruvian, Argentinian, Colombian and other favourites available, and a trendy bar and vibe, this is something a bit different. So grab the bull by the horns and give it a try.

Have an A1 night
July 31
A1 Nights is one of the most popular music nights on the Doha calendar. It’s a hip-hop and RnB extravaganza, with resident and international DJs and some weeks an international artist performs. The exact itinerary for this evening has not been announced, but whether there is a special act or not, it is bound to get the city rocking. Prices vary from QR100-150 entry for men, free for ladies before 11pm or midnight.
The Grill, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

By Time Out Doha staff
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