Five hobbies to start in Doha

Art, drama, dance, photography and more to try

Five hobbies to start in Doha

Art classes
From crafts to mosaic, visual arts to sewing, Doha has plenty of classes to join. We recommend calligraphy at the Museum of Islamic Art (www.mia.org.qa), crafts with Doha Desert (3307 9000) and all types of free workshops and group classes at the Katara Art Studios (44080 0233) or Katara Art Centre (4408 0244).

Drama
Get involved with an amateur acting group in various productions throughout the year. You can find a place on stage or behind the scenes.
Email dohaplayers@yahoo.com.

Languages
Expand your mind. Berlitz (4455 0506) offers classes for various languages while Fanar Islamic Centre (www.fanar.gov.qa) teaches reasonably priced Arabic lessons. Better your English at the British Council (4425 1888) or try the German Language Centre (4458 2783). For Japanese, head to the Qatar Eastern Language Centre (4491 9580).

Dance
Among numerous other courses, IAID Qatar offers a bunch of dance lessons for kids and adults with qualified instructors that will keep you fit and having fun. Try Indian classical, ballroom, ballet, jazz and hip hop.
Al Tadamom Signal, D Ring Road (6671 0589).

Photography
Join the Qatar Photographic Society if you’re really keen. You can fine tune skills, critique others’ works and participate in group exhibitions with your fellow members.
Based in Katara Cultural Village. Call 4408 1812 (www.qps.com.qa).

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