Things to do in Doha in May

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Things to do in Doha in May

One of the world’s most successful reggae-pop bands will be performing live in Doha. The Grammy- and Brit-nominated group have gone through several line-ups over the years since their formation in 1978, but founding members Robin Campbell, Duncan Campbell, James “Jim” Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan and Brian Travers will be on stage. Their hit singles include the debut to their almost four-decade career, Food for Thought, and Can’t Help Falling in Love, which both topped singles charts in the US and UK.
QAR249 (general admission), QAR499 (VIP). Friday May 13, doors open 8pm. InterContinental Doha beach, West Bay Lagoon, or

May 1-3

Buy this
Update your workout wear in time for summer with these ultra-lightweight (and ultra-stylish) running shoes from Lacoste. They come in a variety of colours including white, black, navy and bright blue. Perfect for exercising indoors, as the weather heats up.
QR437. Lacoste, Landmark Mall, Al Gharafa (4488 7531).

Make this
Learn to make all manner of chocolate delights from truffles to fondants at this masterclass. The price includes a praline box and a welcome drink. Be warned: advance booking is a must.
QR150 (maximum of eight people). Mon 4pm-6pm. The Torch Doha, Aspire Zone, Al Waab (4446 5600).

Eat this
It’s Swiss Gastronomic week at The Grill at the Grand Hyatt Doha. Expect traditional Swiss folk music for entertainment, and a menu of special Swiss starters, a selection of à la carte mains, finished off with a special dessert buffet.
QR250. May 2-5, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1240).

May 4-10

Brush up on your general knowledge and you might just win QR3,000
Champions is offering a grand prize of QR3,000 (yes, really!) to the winning team of its pub quiz. You can’t have more than six people on a team and if you want to get practical, the more people on the team, the more people you’re going to have to split that prize with.
Free entry. Sat May 9, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Champions, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, West Bay (4419 5000).

Street Food Doha goes Mexican
In celebration of Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo, Doha Marriott’s Thursday night Street Food event will be crammed with traditional Mexican-themed stations. The famous mariachi band from Salsa will be providing entertainment and you can try your luck with the piñata competition. Or try the hottest wings in town (if you dare).
QR335 (selected beverages). Thu May 5, Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Abboud Street (4429 8499).

Hed Kandi
Party 56 floors above the city in Strata Lounge during the next Hed Kandi event. It’s 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.
QR100 (with one beverage), free before 11pm. Thu May 5, 9pm-2am. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).

Cooking class
Want to sharpen up your cooking skills or learn how to cook gourmet Spanish food? Head to The Cellar for a cooking class with chef Agustín Martínez Carvajal. Carvajal has worked at Michelin-star restaurants in Spain and is in town for just ten days. The price includes lunch afterwards, which is a chance to sample your creation (though, depending on your skills, you might want to order something off the menu, too).
QAR150. Sat May 7 and May 14 , 9am-noon.The Cellar, Oryx Rotana, Airport Road (4402 3333).

Treat your mum
American Mother’s Day falls on Monday May 8. To celebrate, bring your mum along to breakfast lunch or dinner at Sridan, the international buffet restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel, and her meal will be free.
Plus, she’ll get a voucher for 50 percent off on treatments at CHI, The Spa. Even if you don’t celebrate the US event, whose mum doesn’t deserve a treat like that?
From QR99 (lunch excluding drinks). Sun May 8. Open 6am-10.30am, noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm. Shangri-La Hotel Doha, West Bay (4429 5295).

May 11-14

Domestic Affairs
This touring exhibition showcases work from globally-renowned artists and design studios. It probes deep into our home lives, looking at the way our private and public selves come to a head at home. Multi-media artwork, furniture design and more will be on display, including work from local students and artists.
Free. Until Friday May 15. Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station (4422 4444).

Origami workshops
Get in touch with your zen side at Katara Art Studio and learn the art of Japanese origami. The Saturday May 14 session will be on making birds, and the session on Saturday May 28 will be all about flowers. Don’t forget to take your kids along.
QR100. Sat May 14 and 28, 4.30pm-8.30pm. Katara Art Studio, Katara Culture Village,

Eat this
Guest chef Hassan Bouhout will be in residence on Banana Island for ten days using authentic recipes and his own unique blends of flavours and spices to cook up couscous, tajines and many more Moroccan favourites.
Prices vary. May 4-14. Q Lounge, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara (4040 5116).

May 15-20

Tastes of Peru
Jumping on the current trendy bandwagon of Peruvian food (we’re not complaining), Library Lounge is having a Peru-themed month this May. Sample traditional Peruvian bites such as ceviche, anticuchos (they’re meaty) and tiraditos (raw fish cut similarly to sashimi and served in a spicy sauce) and find deals on traditional Mexican mixed beverages.
Prices vary. May 1-31. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8888)

Salsa ‘n’ Candela
Sign up for an unusual alternative to the usual ballet and hip-hop classes and take a traditional Greek dance class instead. No experience is required – so just have fun.
QR60. Mon 9pm-10pm. eforea Spa, Hilton Hotel, West Bay, (3300 3839).

The Laughter Factory
The Laughter Factory turns 20 this month and to celebrate the milestone, it’s offering two-for-one on all tickets bought before Sunday May 8. This month sees performances from Canadian comic Pete Johansson, who has performed alongside Stephen Merchant, and Marlon Davis whose supporting credits include Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr. Also on the bill is fresh-faced Chris Kent with a hysterical set that involves cheese and night terrors.
QR140. 8pm. Mon May 16, Rose & Thistle; Tue May 17, Grand Hyatt Doha,

The award-winning brunch from the UAE has finally hit Doha’s shores. Stretching across Hunters Room & Grill, Sabai Thai and the terrace of Seasonal Tastes, this is a bigger-is-better kind of Friday brunch.
QR295 (soft drinks), QR350 (house beverages). Fri 12.30-4pm. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Salwa Road (4492 1555).

May 21-25

Chill out to al-fresco acoustic tracks
Stretch out on the grass and enjoy live acoustic music at this weekly event that’s lit up with fairy-lights. Your entry price includes one beverage.
Free for ladies until 8.30pm, QR65 after; QR100 for gents. Fri 6pm-9pm. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, West Bay (4485 4444).

House hits
Are you a lover of house music? Then you’ll love this: Every Saturday in chic West Bay lounge Wahm is Back 2 Classics night, when resident DJ David Gausa spins all your favourite and most loved house tunes. It’s definitely one that shouldn’t be missed.
Free. Sat 10pm-2am. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5135).

All that jazz
If you can’t enough of show tunes, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha is the place to be on a Tuesday night. Enjoy music from classic broadway shows in combination with live performances and DJ tunes.
Free for ladies before 11pm, QR100 (gents, from 9pm; ladies, after 11pm). Tue 9pm-1.30am. Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha, The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).

May 26-28

The Bee Gees
Call us cheesy, but on occasion we love a good tribute band. That’s why you’ll find us on the Doha dancefloor when The UK Bee Gees Tribute Band arrives and busts out disco tracks like Night Fever and ballads such as How Deep Is Your Love.
QR390 (including a gourmet buffet and selected beverages). Giwana Ballroom, Radisson Blu, Salwa Road (4428 1555).

Tinie Tempah and Lost Frequencies live
Hear some of the biggest hits of the last year live, including Tinie Tempah’s Not Letting Go and Lost Frequencies’ Are You With Me. Only if you’re over 21, though.
QR300 (early bird), QR350 (regular), QR500 (VIP). Thu May 26, 8pm-2am. InterContinental Doha beach, West Bay Lagoon,

Surf’s up
Showcase your wake-surfing skills on Doha’s first standing wave machine at Banana Island’s surfing competition. Prizes include pool and beach access, and a surprise hamper.
QR300 to enter. Fri 27 May, 3pm-9pm. Splash Surf Pool, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara (4040 5050).

Get golden
Indulge in the most luxurious hammam treatment yet at Marsa Malaz Kempinski’s Spa by Clarins. The golden hammam uses actual gold, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties that are said to promote cell renewal and increase hydration levels, resulting in smooth, toned, and younger looking skin. Erm, yes please.
QR850 (100 mins). Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5555).

May 29-31

Eat here
Doha’s biggest sushi restaurant turns one this May and a special, celebratory six-course Omakase menu is being served throughout the month. It features Nagasaki-farmed chu toro with karashi miso and asetra caviar, king crab ratatouille with ponzu and, for dessert, shiso sago pearls and mango agar with peach rosewater sorbet. Don’t know what any of that is? You’ll have to order to find out (and, if you do, you’ll get a signed copy of Nobu’s cookbook).
QR450. May 1-31. Four Seasons Hotel, West Bay (4494 8600).

Dine on sushi
There’s a new sushi restaurant at The Pearl serving fresh and beautifully presented platters of sushi, sashimi, temaki and more. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love the dessert options which include dishes like mango or banana sushi and orange rolls
Megapolis, Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar (3303 0555).

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