Things to do in Doha this August

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Things to do in Doha this August

Gladiators ready?
Ever fancied roughing it up on an obstacle course? Well, your dream has almost come true. An inflatable one might not sound like the most hard core thing, but it does sound like a lot of fun. Once you finish the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course at DECC, try the timba cars, Bricklyn Lego, virtual reality games and, finally, a paintball shooting range. The Entertainment City, part of Qatar Summer Festival 2017, features 87 games across 11 categories, and, best of all, they are all very reasonably priced.
From QR5 (game), QR15 (entry fees). Open daily 2pm-11pm. Until September 5. Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC),

Practise Pilates
We always hear about the benefits of Pilates and this is probably the best season to finally try it out (if you haven’t already). Check out these ladies-only sessions at In-Trinity Pilates.
QR75. Tuesdays. 10.30am-11.30am. B/Attitude Spa, West Bay (3319 8631).

Feast on Filpino food
The Station Asia claims to have the most authentic Filipino food in Qatar and we’re so excited that we just learned this: “Gusto ko maraming pagkain,” which means, “I want more food” in Tagalog. While we brush up on the rest, go try dishes off their new menu which includes chicken tinola, sinigang with shrimp, sweet and sour hammour, and much more, all curated by Chef Finian Gallagher. Mabuting gana.
Open daily 10am-11pm. Food Court, Mall of Qatar (4028 5622).

Summer concerts
You don’t have to speak Arabic to love Arabic music. Catch world renowned singers Kadim AlSahir and Fahad AlKobaisi performing live in Doha.
QR45-395. August 17, 8pm-11pm. QNCC, Ar-Rayyan (4470 7000).

Sushi Masterclass
If it’s sushi, it has to be Nobu. And this time round, we are not just eating world-class sushi. Learn and master the art of making excellent sushi from Nobu’s talented chefs at the brand new Nobu sushi class.
QR400 (per person, inclusive of a welcome beverage). August 5, 2pm-3pm. Nobu, Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8600).

Relax at The Backyard, indoors
Yes, the title is correct. We were all wondering what was going to happen to The Backyard during the summer, since it’s outdoors. That’s been taken care of. Listen to your favourite bands live, on bean bags and benches, under fairy lights, at The Backyard’s new indoor venue, The Irish Garden. We couldn’t be happier.
QR100 (for men. Ladies free before 8.30pm and QR50 after). 6pm onwards. Irish Harp, Sheraton Grand Doha (4485 3000).

Splash and dash
All through the summer, stay fit with swimming and running sessions, open to all community members, at the Aspire Dome swimming pool and indoor athletics track. Register either online or at the main entrance of the dome.
Saturdays and Wednesdays. 7pm-9pm. Aspire Zone,

Chill (literally) at Beach Daze
When we say chill, we mean it. Doha’s Flipflops beach club, host of Zanzibar Reggae nights and the Sundowner Sessions, is back this time for some ice-cool beach days with their new season opener ‘Beach Daze.’ The club opens at 1pm, with customers getting free beach access and cooling off with ice Jacuzzis and outdoor cooling fans. Look forward to talented international guest acts, a casual yet chic ambience and a rustic, down-to-earth kind of vibe. Hot summer days just don’t get better.
Free entry. Fridays 1pm-2am. Flipflops Beach Club, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).

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