Things to do in Doha: January 1-4
Paint your own plate at Da Vinci
Make like Da Vinci and paint your own plate at Cucina, while being entertained by a live Italian singer. The price is inclusive of an appetiser and three house beverages, plus you can take your own masterpiece home.
QR199. Sunday January 3, 7pm-10pm. Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, Al Dafna (4419 5000).
New Year Revival Package at Saray Spa
Saray Spa’s special New Year Revival package includes a purifying facial and a full body wrap using naturally-healing Dead Sea products to moisturise and rebalance yourself for 2016.
QAR740. Throughout January, 9am-9pm. Saray Spa, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, Dafna (4419 6090).
Qatar ExxonMobil Open
January is a great month for tennis. See world greats like Nadal and Djokovic battle it out on the courts for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2016 title.
Tickets from QAR25, free for children under two when accompanied by a ticketed adult. January 4-January 9. Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, www.qatartennis.org.
Things to do in Doha: January 5-10
Punch yourself fit with Qatar’s first BoxFit class
If you can’t face dragging yourself to the gym, beat away the festive flab instead at new combat fitness class BoxFit. The fast-paced, stress-relieving workout uses boxing techniques to improve strength, endurance and agility, particularly targeting the core, upper body, shoulders and hips.
QAR60 per class (non-members). Sun & Tue 8.15pm-9.15pm, Sat 6pm-7pm. Ozone Gym & Spa, La Cigale Hotel, 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street (4428 8101).
Celebrate Russian Christmas
If you can’t face the thought of the festive season being over for another year, panic not. The Grill will be hosting a traditional Russian Christmas brunch, complete with a live DJ playing the best of Russian Christmas tracks.
QAR295 (with soft drinks), QAR420 (with house beverages), QAR725 (for the premium package). Friday January 8, 12.30pm-3.30pm. The Grill, The Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (7798 2400).
See Islamic prints and patterns from locally-based artists like Amber Rauf, Elena Nikolaev, Jonathan Tepper, Mona Salama, Tida Bitar and Pip Howe at The Corridor gallery in the Grand Hyatt Doha. The exhibition forms part of the hotel’s initiative to raise awareness for Room to Read, a charity organisation campaigning to improve literacy and gender equality in education, across the world.
Until January 16. The Corridor Gallery, lower lobby level, The Grand Hyatt Doha (4448 1234).
Go on a health kick
Any avid follower of health food bloggers and instagrammers will be familiar with spiralizers – contraptions that turns veggies into a pasta or noodle alternative. This one, from German kitchen brand Lurch, is now available in Qatar.
QAR199. Virgin Megastore (Villagio Mall, Landmark Mall & SPN The Pearl-Medina branches).
The Color Run
This is an event that hardly needs any introduction. It has taken the world by storm, and we’re not arguing with its self-proclaimed title as the “happiest 5k on the planet” - what could be happier than a leisurely jog, in costume, while hurling flourescent powdered paint at each other? Especially when it’s followed by a Finish Festival of music and dancing.
Sat Jan 9, 7.15am-noon. QAR160 per person (teams), QAR170 (solo runners), free for children under the age of four. Qatar National Convention Centre, www.thecolorrun.qa/Qatar.
Things to do in Doha: January 11-14
The Laughter Factory
Sit back for a night of quick quips and one-liners from Rich Wilson, Danny McLoughlin and Markus Birdman. McLoughlin and Birdman have both received rave reviews after shows at the Edinburgh Festival, while Wilson’s likeable, charming manner has earned him recognition from the likes of Frank Skinner.
QR140. Monday 11-Tuesday 12 Januray, 8pm (doors open 7pm). The Rose & Thistle, The Horizon Manor Hotel, Jaber Bin Mohamed Street (4445 5444).
Known for her performances at Ibiza’s legendary live music venue Teatro Pereyra, Barber’s soulful and funky covers and mash-ups (everything from Adele to Prince) are both energetic and captivating.
Free. Thursday January 14, from 10pm-late. Crystal Lounge & Club, W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5135).
Quiz night at Champions
Think you know your Aztecs from your ancient Egyptians, and Banjul from Bangui? Put your general knowledge to the test and enter this quiz night for the chance to win QAR3,000.
Free entry. Monday January 11, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Champions, Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha Hotel, Al Dafna (4419 5000).
Things to do in Doha: January 15-19
Eat fusion food
Sit 61 floors above West Bay, sip on signature drinks, and snack on delectable Latin-Asian bites at the newest opening from legendary chef Richard Sandoval, Z Lounge by Zengo. We aren’t sure what we’re more impressed by: the panoramic views, the excellent mixed drinks or the creative cuisine. Head there before the masses do – this is bound to be the city’s next biggest nightspot.
Kempinski Doha Residences & Suites, West Bay (4035 5555).
An evening at La Mer
Spend a refined evening at The Sommelier Table, embarking on a grape “journey” through Burgundy; featuring favourites from the cellar, paired with delectable little canapés and views over the city skyline.
QR750 per person. Friday January 15, from 7.30pm. La Mer, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).
Indulge in a five-course meal of beef-centric Latin specialties from Chef Luciano. Dine at the exclusive Chef’s Table and enjoy a selection of creative, South American mixed beverages, too.
QAR500 per person. Sunday January 17, 7pm-11.30pm. Latino, Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Al Corniche Street (4485 3000).
To mark the Chinese Year of the Monkey, Carrera y Carrera have launched this dazzling Monkey ring. It doesn’t come cheap, but the powerful mythological figure will allegedly bring you self-confidence and strength (plus it’s encrusted with green tsavorites, orange sapphires, amethyst and diamonds).
QAR27,058. Carrera y Carrera, Al Fardan, The Pearl Qatar, via Marsa Arabia Way (4495 3875).
Things to do in Doha: January 20-24
Learn to cook authentic Thai at Isaan
Learn the spicy art of Thai cooking with the expert team from Isaan. You’ll prepare a number of different classic Thai recipes before settling down to feast on what you’ve created. Phone for more information on other cuisine classes running in 2016.
QAR280 per person. January 16-January 30, 11am-3pm. Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).
Go to Ibiza
Party to the balearic sounds of Miguel Vizcaino’s energetic house music at Wahm Lounge, featuring tracks from his annual collection, Made in Ibiza, the mark of the white island.
Reservations and guest list only. Thursday January 21, 10pm-2am. Wahm, W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5000).
Shannel 1970’s scandinavia
It may not be that cold outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from stocking up on key winter classics like chunky wool coats and retro knit pencil skirts. These clothes from Reserved are stylish, functional, comfy and elegant all at once, with lines for men, women and children. This might just be the timeless new year style-makeover your wardrobe has been looking for.
Reserved, Gulf Mall, Al Shamal Road, www.reserved.com (4035 7221).
Things to do in Doha: January 25-28
Sundays at The Lounge mean glasses of grape and plates of international cheeses to pair them with. The backing track for this sophisticated evening is provided by Kéyali Mayaga + Band from 9.30pm-11.30pm.
Free entry. Sundays, 8pm-1.30am. The Lounge, Kempinski Residences & Suites Doha, West Bay (4405 3325).
Two affogatos are better than one
Enjoy buy-one-get-one-free offers on affogato – a coffee-based dessert made of an ice-cream scoop and espresso shot – all weekend at W Café.
QAR35. Sat-Thu 5pm-8pm. W Cafe, W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5135).
Mr Shef Codes, the Dubai-based, award-winning DJ known for his eclectic sets of hip-hop, R ‘n’ B and electronica tracks, is heading to Crystal for an exclusive urban night. Resident DJ Crazy D will be on the decks to warm things up, before Codes takes it Old School.
Reservations and guest list only. Tuesday January 26, from 10pm. Crystal Lounge & Club, W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5135).
Golfing legends like Ernie Els, Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson will descend on Doha at the end of the month to compete for a US$2.5million prize fund at the biggest golfing event of the year. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is an event reserved for serious golfing enthusiasts; in among the hushed tee-offs and tense putts are fun family driving range shows and family zones, plus a live performance from Scottish pop-rock band Simple Minds (more on p.69).
Tickets from QAR150 (general admission), free for children under 14. January 27-30. Doha Golf Club, West Bay, www.qatar-masters.com.
Things to do in Doha: January 29-31
Listen to Jazz music
Take the whole family to learn more about the world of jazz at one of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s monthly music talks. Kids and adults will both love this fun and interactive afternoon in equal measure (particularly with the inclusion of New Orleans-inspired bites).
Free entry, à la carte menu. Saturday January 30, 3pm-5pm. Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha, The St. Regis Doha, West Bay (4446 0105).
Paper Moon screen a variety of black and white cinema classics every Monday. Sit back and enjoy al fresco Italian and flicks from the Golden Age.
Mondays, 8pm. Paper Moon, Jaidah Square Building, Al Matar Street (4016 6000).
Party 56 floors above the city for the fourth edition of international club sensation HedKandi. Glitzy and glamorous (and with Strata Lounge’s stunning views of the Doha Skyline), the night is a staple in party capitals of the world like London, Ibiza and Thailand, and Doha’s version is an event worthy of its international origins.
QAR150 Friday January 29, 9pm-2am. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).