Things to do in Doha this month

Art, food, shopping and some rocking bagpipe music!

Things to do in Doha this month
December 1-4

See this

Five locally based artists are showing new works in The Corridor with a focus on Islamic prints and patterns. Not only is the exhibition shining a light on Qatar’s talents, it also aims to raise awareness of the charity Room to Read.
Wednesday December 20-January 16. Grand Hyatt Doha lower lobby, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

Hit this

All the way from some of Dubai’s hottest parties is the one and only DJ Bliss, who’s mixing it up at the Big Friday Night in Crystal Lounge tonight, alongside resident DJ Crazy D.
Free. Friday December 4, 10pm-2am. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5000).

Sip this

There’s nothing quite like a big cup of steaming homemade hot chocolate to see you through the festive season. Luckily for us, Gourmet House has created a special concoction made with rich Valrhona chocolate pieces.
QR45. Until Thursday December 31. 7am-9pm. Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay (4405 3333).

December 5-10

Party at Noir

Doha’s newest club and lounge, Noir, is starting Christmas early with a festive celebration of merry music, seasonal dishes and special beverages. Dress up in your best green and red gladrags and the most suitable of you will be entered into a competition and be judged by Santa himself.
Free entry. Thursday December 10, 9pm-2am. Melia Doha, West Bay (4019 9999).

Spanish week at Oryx Rotana

Renowned chef Angel Zapata Martin is kicking off Oryx Rotana’s Spanish week in The Cellar and Choices. You’ll find his dishes at the week’s events such as The Cellar’s X’Press lunch and dinner or Choices brunch. A tapas degustation menu is also available on Thursday with a selection of five to ten plates from QR85.
Prices and timings vary. Tuesday December 8 to Wednesday 16. Oryx Rotana, Airport Road (4402 3333).

Meet the wafflemeister

Love waffles? Then you’ll love this – UK-based chain Wafflemeister has launched a new branch in Lagoona Mall, selling authentic handmade Belgian waffles and natural gelato. The secret to their success is that each dish uses a protected Belgian family recipe. We’ll take ten please.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Lagoona Mall, West Bay Lagoon (4418 1185).

Highland swing

The sounds of the bagpipes are calling as W Doha’s Great Room plays host to The Scottish Party and contemporary band The Bag Rockers. Don’t expect all Highland tunes, as these guys jam out with pop-rock covers so everyone can get down to it on the dancefloor. A Ceilidh dance masterclass is also going on for those looking to learn some traditional moves.
QR270 (food and one beverage). Thursday December 10, 8pm-2am. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay,

Iconic solo shows

Get a glimpse into some of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art’s most iconic works in a new exhibition Focus: Works from the Mathaf Collection. It combines a series of solo shows and highlights key regional artists including Qatar’s Faraj Daham, Morocco’s Farid Belhahia and Lebanon’s Raouda Choucair. Each gallery on the ground floor is dedicated to one artist, touching on specific themes in their practice.
Until February 14. Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (4402 8855).

December 11-14

Bonkers Balkan eve

Yu Nights at Dunes welcomes singer Nemanja Stevanivic and his band to lead up a specially themed Balkan party that’ll see you dancing the night away. For a breath of fresh air, take a break on the Dunes terrace (pictured) which offers stunning views of the hotel’s landscaped gardens.
QR100 (ladies), QR150 (men, inclusive of one short). Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1280).

Kids’ decorating sesh
Parents, gather your kids and take them to InterContinental Doha The City where they’re hosting a gingerbread house decorating session. The children get to be creative and you get to enjoy some sweet snacks – what more can you ask for?
From QR125. Saturday December 12, 3pm-6pm. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

Taste this

Fridays at New York Steakhouse have turned festive, as they’re rolling out a special brunch buffet on three nights this month. Unique dishes celebrating the season are available with various food and beverage packages on offer.
From QR350. Noon-3pm. Friday December 4, 11, 18. Marriott Marquis City Centre, West Bay (4419 5000).

Christmas lights up
To suitably get you in the festive spirit, head out to Hilton Doha tonight where they’re lighting a beautiful Christmas tree while the hotel’s choir sings all the classics. Santa Claus is also set to make an appearance, bearing gifts for all the kids.
Monday December 14. From 6pm. Hilton Doha, West Bay (4423 3333).

December 15-19

Marking National Day
Get ready to see fireworks as Qatar celebrates National Day on Friday December 18. Horns will be tooting, the West Bay sky shall be blazing and everyone in Doha will find it hard not to feel a twang of patriotism as the whole country turns white and maroon. Get yourself down to Café Murano in Marsa Malaz Kempinski (4035 5011) where a delectable selection of cakes, cookies, macaroons and pastries are proudly iced in the Qatari flag. A whole host of other celebratory events in the city are also marking the occasion.

London beats
The deep sounds of electronic music combines with raw live music talent this weekend at Wahm where a visual performance by London Beats is taking place. Dancers Klaus de Macedo and Ameet Jugnauth are flying in from London’s exclusive Boujis nightclub, which helped them rise to fame and collaborate with the likes of Mark Ronson and Don’t miss out.
Free. Thursday December 17 and Friday 18. 10pm-2am. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5000).

One kilo burger at Ted’s
Get your face on the Wall of Fame by polishing off a whopping one kilo burger in American venue Ted’s at Banana Island Resort by Anantara. Not only will you get your picture up, but this month you’ll also get 10 percent off.
QR320 (before discount). Until Thursday December 31. Open noon-9pm. Banana Island Resort by Anantara (4040 5050).

Festive metallics

A little behind on your Christmas shopping? We have some inspiration for you – it’s this new metallic bag collection from Mulberry, which should be top of your list. The brand has also launched pet presents including collars, leads and raincoats so give your pooch a treat this year.
From QR2,190. Mulberry, Lagoona Mall, West Bay (6674 1852)

December 20-24

L’Occitane gift sets

In terms of perfect presents, nothing can beat a lavish pamper pack, so it’s a good thing that L’Occitane en Provence has launched a range of festive and discounted gift sets. These combine some of the most delicious smelling products you’ll come across.
From QR399. L’Occitane stores, various locations including Villaggio Mall, Al Waab (4450 7585).

Made in Spain
No one can deny it – Spain is well known for hosting some of the hottest parties around (and this has nothing to do with the weather). Straight from said parties is producer and DJ Juan Otazo who’s in Wahm tonight spinning top tracks.
Friday December 20, 10pm-2am. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5000).

Festive afternoon tea

Everyone knows we’re a sucker for a great afternoon tea and particularly perfect, fluffy scones. Even more so when one of our favourite mid-day snacks turns festive, which is what’s happening at Seasons Tea Lounge from today. Get in the mood with special finger sandwiches, pastries and (of course) scones, alongside fine teas.
QR215. Monday December 21-January 1, 3pm-6pm. Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).

December 25-28

The big day arrives

For many across the world, today is Christmas Day and for those celebrating in Doha, there are plenty of brunches, dinners and parties to choose from, including a romantic meal for two in La Mer at The Ritz-Carlton. Flip to p.32 to find out more.
QR475 (food only), QR675 (with grape pairing). The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).

Take the family to Sawa
Sawa is offering a special boxing day brunch. A sumptuous buffet is served and there’s a mini corner for the little ones, too. The perfect afternoon out for everyone.
QR330 (food and soft drinks), QR425 (house beverages). Saturday December 26, 12.30pm-4pm. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5555).

New karaoke night

Belt out the big notes and do your best on-stage imitation of Freddie Mercury (Bohemian Rhapsody, what else?) at Doha’s newest karaoke night in Madison Piano Bar. A wide variety of tunes are available in English, French, Arabic, Italian and Spanish. Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango? Magnifico!
Free. Mondays, 6pm-2am. La Cigale Hotel, Suhaim bin Hamad Street (4428 8888).

Join the Parade
This how you properly say goodbye to 2015 – with aerialists, contortionists, fire dancers and cabaret acts, not to mention renowned DJ Smokin’ Jo. And you can do it at the Grand Hyatt Doha’s Al Silia Ballroom tonight where they’re having an epic party called ‘Parade’. Don’t expect to get much sleep.
QR895 (regular), QR995 (VIP). Thursday December 31, 8pm-2am. Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

December 29-31

Nibble this
If ever there was an excellent pairing, it would have to be cheese and jazz. That’s why you’ll definitely find us in Il Teatro Italian restaurant tonight, savouring an extravagant array of cheese at the buffet and swaying to smooth tunes.
QR195 (food only), QR295 (with house beverages). Tuesday December 29, 8pm-11pm. Four Seasons Doha, West Bay (4494 8888).

Rejuvenation treat at eforea Spa

What do you get when you combine cinnamon, amber and hot stones? A luxurious treatment at eforea Spa that’s designed to pamper and rejuvenate you. The massage is followed by a sweet honey body wrap. Try not to lick yourself.
QR680. Hilton Doha (3377 1340).

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