Things to do in Doha: August

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The biggest sports event of the year (sorry football fans) is on this August. More than 200 countries – including Qatar – will descend on Rio to compete at everything from athletics and handball to synchronised swimming. Will Usain Bolt overcome his hamstring injury and take home another gold medal? Will Mutaz Barshim scoop another medal for Qatar? Qatar will be competing in more than nine sports including running, swimming, shooting, judo and table tennis. Catch the action at Admiral’s Club where there’s also a daily happy hour from 5pm-7pm.
The Olympics will be screening Aug 5-21. Admiral’s Club, The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

August 1-4

Eat this
Rember La Varenne’s excellent brunch dessert trolley? We do. Which is why we are extra excited about the new continental breakfast trolley filled with delightful pastries, fruits, cereal, yoghurt and even a juice of the day.
QR70 (unlimited items, food only). Daily. 8am-10.30am. La Varenne, Tornado Tower West Bay (4499 0680).

Hear this
Start your weekend off with four hours of discounted drinks and some good old ’80s and ’90s nostalgia at Mix Lounge’s Throwback Thursday. Please say you’ll be there.
Selected beverages QR30. Thu 5pm-9pm. Ongoing. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Salwa Road (4492 1555).

Dance this

The monthly dance event HedKandi is back, bringing with it the biggest dance tracks from London, Ibiza, Dubai and beyond.
QR100 (with one free beverage). Free before 11pm. Mixed groups and couples only. Thursday August 4, 9pm-2am. Strata Lounge, InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

August 5-10

Street food brunch summer discounts

If you’ve yet to try Doha Marriott’s Thursday night brunch, now’s the time, as there are huge discounts on all packages throughout August. Feast on vibrant curries, freshly grilled seafood and meat skewers from paper bags and plates at this bustling street-food-inspired brunch.
QR192 (with selected beverages), QR268 (premium package). Thu 6pm-11pm. Until August 31. Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud Street (4429 8499).

Win qr3,000
Test your general knowledge at Champions’ quiz night, where they are offering teams the chance to win a whopping QR3,000 (if you’re smart enough to scoop up first prize).
Free to enter, maximum of six per team. Monday Aug 8th, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Champions, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha, West Bay (4419 5000).

Detox with juices

Summer is the perfect time to detox with juice. Raw Middle East is a home-grown brand with a range of delicious juices including green juices, root juices, fruit juices and nut milks. Alternatively, order a fruit snack basket to be delivered to your office.
From QR175 for four juices. (6613 9882).

Hit the beach

Grand Hyatt Doha’s summer package is the best way to make the most of the beach – even with August’s crazy temperatures. A day pass includes beach and pool access, plus lunch at the hotel's poolside Italian restaurant, Rocca. You can also get 20 percent off Jaula Spa treatments from 1pm-4pm on weekdays.
QR250 (Sun-Thu), QR300 (Fri-Sat), QR150 (children aged four-12). Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1060).

August 11-15

The laughter factory

Award-winning comic Tom Wrigglesworth and Alan Carr-supporting Marlon Davis are back by popular demand, alongside German comic Christian Schulte-Loh (who hilariously plays up to his country’s stereotypes in Edinburgh Fringe shows like I am German, I Should Not be Here!).
QR140. Monday Aug 15 at Rose & Thistle, Horizon Manor Doha (5533 5451); Tuesday Aug 16 at Dunes, Grand Hyatt Doha (4448 1280). Doors open 7pm, show starts 8pm.

Laid-back lunch at Hakkasan
Sample a selection of Hakkasan’s best dishes from an à la carte menu, including soup, dim sum and crispy duck rolls, followed by mains like wok-fried prawns in spicy assam sauce or chicken in a clay pot with spring onion, chilli and sweet basil. There are vegetarian options too, such as tofu, aubergine and shiitake mushrooms in a clay pot. Finish the meal with a selection of delicious ice-creams and refreshing sorbets. The selected beverage package includes half a bottle of grape, specially selected by the restaurant’s sommeliers to pair with the food.
QR168 (with soft drinks and Chinese tea), QR278 (with half a bottle of grape). Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0170).

DSquared2 Autumn/Winter collection

The new collection is a mash-up of styles inspired by military, Victorian and samurai aesthetics. We know it sounds a bit nuts, but, somehow, it’s cool. There are also some simple black sweaters and khakis for those who don’t want to make such a bold statement.
Porto Arabia, Parcel 04, Unit 094, The Pearl-Qatar (4495 3876 ext. 1941).

August 16-20

Create a masterpiece
Every Tuesday head to The Grill to get creative with a blank canvas at this step-by-step painting event (while enjoying a selection of canapés).
QR250 (with canapés and two selected beverages). Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1240).

Get cash back
For every QR100 you spend dining at the Crowne Plaza’s restaurants, get QR20 back to spend on your next visit.
QR100. Until September 30. Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park (4408 7777).

Themed nights at Seasonal Tastes

Fresh, healthy all-day dining restaurant Seasonal Tastes has introduced new themed nights including Spicy Sundays, Mexican Mondays, Italian Tuedays and Asian Wednesdays, so you can indulge in (almost) guilt-free favourites like tacos, pizzas and pastas.
All buffets QR199 (with soft drinks), QR259 (with selected beverages); seafood night QR229 (with soft drinks), QR289 (with selected beverages). 6.30pm-11pm daily. Ongoing. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Salwa Road (4492 1555).

August 21-25

Analyse your body composition
Body Composition Analysis (BCA) is a great way to learn more about the impact of your weight loss and training programme, giving you a good indication of your health and guiding you on where to adjust your training for best results.
QR50 (per session), QR300 (one session per month for 12 months). Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwaylina (4402 3333).

Learn salsa
Salsa n Candela offers a variety of dance classes for both kids and adults. Salsa is one of the most popular, but you can also try Tango, Bachata (a dance from the Dominican Republic) and Kizomba (an Angolan slow dance).
QR65 per class. B Attitude Spa, Beverly Hills Tower, West Bay (3300 3839).

Dance to electro house at Crystal

Maeva Carter has performed alongside some of the biggest names in the industry from Afrojack and Tiesto to Bob Sinclar and Antoine Clamaran, and now she’s in Doha for one night only at Crystal for a set of progressive electro house.
One-time membership fee for first-time visitors QR100 (ladies), QR200 (gents). Thu Aug 25, 10pm-2am. W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

August 26-28

Dance to electro jazz

Wahm has been totally renovated over the summer, but you can still expect the same mix of guest DJs and producers from across the globe. This month, don’t miss Alexandre Destrez and DJ Yass. Destrez has released more than 20 singles and remixes as a pianist, composer and producer, and is now turning his hand to electro jazz. Up-and-coming DJ Yass from France has performed everywhere from Pacha Ibiza and London’s Ministry of Sound to Club Air in Tokyo.
Free. Reservation and guestlist only. Fri August 26, 10pm-2am. W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).

Tandoori vs. Wok

Wok pans and tandoori ovens battle it out at this all-you-can-eat buffet every Friday with curries, grilled meats, traditional Indian recipes, Thai noodles and more.
Q220. Fridays 6pm-10.30pm.Ongoing. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5011).

August 29-31

Try this
Queenax is a growing sporting craze that uses this crazy climbing frame-style contraption for high-intensity strength workouts. From monkey bars to suspension training exercises, Queenax will work out every single muscle in your body, and burns up to 500 calories, with the bonus being it’s so much fun that you’ll almost feel like you’re not doing a proper workout. Almost.
QR65 per class. Check the website for an up-to-date class schedule. Anytime Fitness, Freej Bin Mahmoud, (4414 4999).

Treat yourself at The Club

After a recent re-brand, Jazz at Lincoln Centre Doha is no more, but The Club at The St Regis is still a hub for live jazz, soul, funk and RnB in Doha. Treat yourself to one of the dinner shows, and choose from three set menus (designed for two) of New Orleans-style soul food. Or, take a seat at the bar on Wednesdays and Saturdays and enjoy unlimited tapas bites (QR220 per person, QR390 per couple). The summer line-up includes some of the world’s most renowned artists such as Herbert Scott on the alto saxophone and pianist Hope Udobi.
Dinner show QR695 (with a selected bottle of grape), QR845 (with a selected premium bottle of grape), QR1,145 (with a bottle of bubbly). Wed, 7pm-1am; Thu-Sat 9pm-2am. The St Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon, (4446 0105).

By Time Out Doha staff
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