Things to do in Doha: December
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Qatar National Day
Fireworks, parades, brunches, cultural events – National Day is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, when people of all ages and nationalities get together to cheer on the country and its culture. Looking for a place to mark the occasion? Sawa will be serving Qatari dishes with plenty of fun activities for kids, including camel rides along the beach, and henna.
QR330 (with soft drinks), QR425 (with selected beverages). Sun Dec 18, 12.30pm-4pm. Sawa, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5011).
A week of Spanish cuisine
Over at Oryx Rotana, chef Angel Zapata Martin will be in town cooking up authentic Spanish dishes and tapas at The Cellar and Choices. There are plenty of daily lunch and dinner promotions, plus the chance to learn from the chef himself at a Spanish cooking class.
Cooking class: QR150. Sat Dec 3 and 10, 9am-noon. Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3333).
Once a month, the exclusive Prime Club serves up a specially-created six-course menu of beautifully presented (and expertly flavoured) food at the chef’s table. There are just 14 spots available each month, so book in advance.
QR650 (food only), QR900 (with pairings). Mon Dec 5, 6.30pm-11pm. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).
See stand-up comedy
This month a stellar lineup takes to the stage including Ian Stone (regular star of TV shows such as Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks), host of award-winning smash podcast An Irishman Abroad, Jarlath Regan, and straight-talking Aussie Wayne Deakin.
QR140. Dec 5-6, 8pm. Dunes, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (+971 50 878 6728).
The fourth Ajyal Youth Film Festival presents a rich showcase of inspiring tales from 19 countries. From political statements to heartwarming stories, the shorts include international films like Pien, Queen of the Bees, which documents bone cancer patient Pien (the youngest bee keeper in The Netherlands), alongside films made right here in Qatar like AJ Al Thani’s Kashta.
From QR25. Until Mon Dec 5. For more information and screening schedules, visit www.ajyalfilm.com.
Now you see me
Born in Paris to Algerian parents, artist Zineb Sedira’s multimedia artwork deals with questions of mobility and memory. The solo exhibition – titled Zineb Sedira: Now you see me – now you see me – includes a video installation and works from her recent series on the origins of sugar.
Free. Until Sat Dec 10. Sat-Thu 9am-5pm. VCU Qatar Gallery, Education City (4402 0555).
Martin Solveig live
One of the world’s biggest house DJs and producers, Martin Solveig, will be playing live in Doha on Thursday December 8. Long one of the biggest names in house music, Solveig has shot to superstardom in recent years with huge hits like Intoxicated, Hey Now and Blow.
QR150 (early bird), QR200 (on the door), QR5,000 (VIP table, on stage). Thu Dec 8, 9pm-2am. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0105).
Watch the sun go down over half-price food and beverages on one of the city’s most picturesque rooftops – Illusion’s garden terrace.
Prices vary. Daily 4pm-9pm. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5757).
Nagham by The Backyard
It’s The Backyard, but with a Middle Eastern twist. Enjoy live music from Nagham’s official band, plus performances from guest artists every week.
QR100 (gents, with a beverage), QR65 (ladies, after 8.30pm, with a beverage). Thu 8pm-2am. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, West Bay (4485 3000)
Live latin beats
Salsa ‘n’ Candela is turning eight, so, naturally, they are throwing a huge party on the beach. There will be plenty of entertainment, from dance shows to a live band, to get you into the Latin spirit. Tickets include one beverage.
Tickets QR85. Sat Dec 17, 7pm-2am. Oyster Bay, The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon, www.candelaentertainment.com (44460105).
Chef Ibrahim Karakoc and Chef Nejdet Kaya from Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, will be in Doha for two weeks at souq-inspired restaurant Sridan, creating a buffet of authentic Turkish cuisine fit for a Sultan.
QR109 (breakfast), QR139 (lunch and dinner). Dec 1-14, open daily 6am-10.20am, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Shanrgi-La Hotel Doha (4429 5295).
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