Things to do in Doha: January

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The Color Run
It’s not nicknamed the happiest 5K on the planet for nothing. What could be more uplifting than charging around a running track through showers of brightly coloured powder paint? This year, it goes one step further with a Tropicolour theme promising an island-style experience with a new “Tropicolor Zone” complete with palm trees, a rainbow beach and an interactive island featuring music, dancing and entertainment.
From QR150. Sat Jan 28, 7am. Qatar National Convention Centre, to register visit

A contemporary set menu for Chinese New Year

Chef Fulian Ding and his team at The Four Seasons’ stylish Asian restaurant Elements have created a special nine-course sharing-style menu to help you ring in Chinese New Year with traditional bites and modern Chinese cuisine that will delight even the most discerning diners.
QR295 per person. January 26-28, 7pm-11.30pm. Elements, The Four Season Hotel, West Bay (4494 8600).

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See Monira Al Qadiri’s video installation Muhawwil (Transformer). Based on Kuwaiti murals on electric power stations, the piece depicts the dilemma between representing the ancient and the modern.
Free. Sat-Thu 9am-5pm. VCU Qatar Gallery, Education City, (4402 0555).

Winter Indulgence is back

The annual Winter Indulgence cheese menu is back at Belgian Café. There’s an entire limited-edition menu of cheese-inspired dishes, including delicious, bubbling pots of cheese fondue served with all sorts of tasty little bites to dip.
Prices a la carte. Open daily 12.30pm-2am. InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4444).

King of Pop

Head to The Club at The St. Regis every Wednesday for a night of live musical tributes to two of the world’s greatest musicians, Michael Jackson and Prince. Tuck into a set menu of some of the club’s best dishes (sliders, burrata salad and sticky toffee pudding), or order a few rounds of mini tapas-style dishes.
Wed 7pm-2am. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon, (4446 0105).

Candela salsa night
Let your hair down every Wednesday at Irish Harp, when Doha’s salsa enthusiasts come out in force to socialise, practice and, of course, dance. Enjoy lively Latin tunes from the DJ, plus men will get one complimentary beverage.
Free for ladies, QR50 (gents). Wed 7pm-2am. Irish Harp, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, West Bay (4485 3000).

The Laughter Factory

This month, musical comedian Rob Deering will be on stage alongside Jack Dathel with his hilarious part-rock show, part-stand-up performance. Also on the bill for January is quirky-cool Danish comedian Sofie Hagen, who has been described by The Independent as “eye-catchingly odd and disarmingly honest”. Don’t miss it.
QR140. Jan 16-17 8pm. Dunes, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon, (+971 50 878 6728).

Commercial Bank Qatar masters

Some of the world’s biggest golfing stars are in Doha for the country’s best golf event. From family entertainment to the Pro-Am day, there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy on and off the green.
Tickets from QR150, free for children under the age of 14. January 26-29, 2017. Doha Golf Club, West Bay, (4496 0777).

Take a masterclass

JING tea is based on the ancient tradition of Chinese tea ceremonies, and this masterclass with the Westin’s dedicated sommelier will take you through the origin, history, preparation and brewing while you sit back, relax and sip samples.
QR70. Sat Jan 14 9am-11am. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Freej Bin Mahmoud (4492 1555).

Try a new restaurant

The new Raw Bar at The St. Regis serves, you guessed it, only raw food. Choose from intriguing tea-infused beef carpaccios, zesty ceviches and meaty tartare as well as a selection of oysters, caviar and sashimi. All of which can be paired with fruity mixed beverages. Read our review on page 43.
Prices á la carte. Sat-Thu noon-11pm; Fri 6.30pm-11pm. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon, (4446 0105).

Italian pastries
Café Murano goes Italian for January and will be offering a twist on traditional high tea with a selection of miniature Italian treats and traditional sandwiches, all served on a tiered tray with your choice of tea or coffee.
QR220 (for two with tea and coffee). Daily 2pm-6pm. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5011).

By Time Out Doha staff
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