The Holy Month in Doha is very special – the entire city comes alive with so many incredible ways to immerse yourself in the local culture and be a part of festivities, irrespective of whether you’re a local or an expat. So we’ve scoured the city and found these top options to soak in some local art and culture during this wonderful time of the year.
Head to the drive-through Ghabqah Katara
This first-of-its-kind drive-through iftar concept has made its way into the market at the right time. It’s non-conventional and it’s fun and why not try an iftar in the comfort of your own car? If you’ve driven by recently, you’ve seen the incredibly beautiful light display and just below that, hundreds of cars driving around and people eating inside. It may be filling but it’s a brilliant idea, we must admit, and the best possible way to beat the heat. You can also watch matches on a large screen from inside your car by tuning in to a certain set frequency, sort of like a drive-in cinema. If only this market stays for all summer.
Explore the Ramadan Night Market
The place is beautifully lit up and even has a funky graffiti wall at the entrance. It’s almost always packed, but that’s part of its charm. Did we mention there are loads of new coffee shops to try out? This is your chance to see Doha at its liveliest best.
Open daily 7pm-3am. Al Duhail Sports Club, Umm Slal Mohammed (5511 1248).
Take an iftar cruise
The first-class food is from Four Seasons, so that’s covered. All you have to do is sit back in luxury and enjoy panoramic views of West Bay and the Corniche while listening to soft, oriental tunes. They’re even serving shisha. You can also just do a tour minus the food for the lower price of QR100.
QR190 (iftar, premium package, Thu), QR225 (suhoor, premium package, Mon). QR245 (iftar, premium package, Fri). QR275 (suhoor, first class package, Thu). Sunset-1.30am. National Cruise Qatar, www.nationalcruise.com (6600 0926, 7799 9666).
Try a class at QF
There are music classes, exhibitions, a Garangao night (celebrated midway through Ramadan), workshops for Ramadan arts and crafts and so much more.
For the full schedule of events, visit next.qf.org.qa/events. Education City (4454 0000).