Things to do in Doha: Cycle for charity, 24 Nov 2019 10:34:34 +0400Winter is here, so there’s no better time to get out and get some exercise done. There’s a cycling event coming up this weekend and it’s for charity.

Qatar Marriott Worldwide Business Council is conducting the second Ride for Education charity bike ride on Friday November 29.

The event is held through the Road to Awareness initiative, an annual associate fundraising campaign that has been making a valuable difference to the lives of children.

After its great success last year, with over 500 participants and more than QR40,000 raised to fund education of children worldwide, the second edition takes place at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel.

Run for Education will be a fun-filled bicycle marathon which welcomes cyclists of all levels.

The tickets can be bought online and will be priced at QR250 for gold and QR350 for platinum.

All the funds raised from this year’s charity event will benefit Education Above All (EAA) Foundation to support its Educate Somali Children project, targeting 109,372 children in Somalia.

Ali Bin Tawar, Qatari cyclist and founder of Carbon Wheels, and Marriott International COO in the Middle East, Guido de Wilde, will be leading the ride.

The charity bike will kick off at 7am. Based on the cycling level you are at, there are two routes that you can take – 40km for professionals and 20km for beginners.
QR250 (gold), QR350 (platinum). Nov 29, 6am-noon. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, West Bay (4485 4444).

Powerhouse Gym is now open in Doha’s Tawar Mall, 10 Nov 2019 08:41:35 +0400If you’re living around Dahl Al Hammam or Duhail and looking to pump muscle, Powerhouse Gym Qatar has just opened in Tawar Mall.

The gym, located on the second floor, is equipped with top quality machines and has some of the best trainers in Doha including 2018 world champion Omer Hamed for the Muscular Physique Category.

Hamed was trained and developed at Powerhouse Gym Qatar by the Qatari captain Ghanim Al-Tamimi, in addition to many other champions.

Powerhouse gym is the first gym to offer a live cooking station in Qatar, providing fresh food cooked by chefs.

Diet House will provide custom-prepared food based on personal body needs.

Supplement House is also located in Powerhouse Gym, specialising in selling supplements from top brands from around the world.

Reflex, the first manufacturer of supplements in the UK, and one of the leading manufacturers of sport supplements in the world, can be purchased from Supplement House.

A fully-equipped gym with easy access to supplements and all your diet needs taken care of in-house sounds like a great all-round venue.

For a full list of the best gyms in Qatar, click here.
Open daily 8am-midnight. Tawar Mall, Al Markhiya (4427 3643).

Take your kids to mini athletics at Doha Festival City, 08 Sep 2019 11:40:52 +0400Qatar is hosting the IAAF World Athletics Championships for the first time but that's not the only exciting news.

Doha Festival City has partnered with the Local Organising Committee of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 as national supplier of the event and this partnership will see DFC hosting a mini championship for children.

The Mini Athletics Championship is for children aged between four and 14 and runs until October 3. DFC has created a replica of the Khalifa International Stadium, the host venue of the IAAF World Athletics Championships, at the Centre Court on first floor of the mall.

The stadium replica features six athletics events, spectator area and a press conference space, giving the younger generation a glimpse of what fans can expect when the Middle East’s biggest-ever sporting event begins in three weeks with the participation of first-class athletes from 213 countries.

The venue is open daily from 2pm to 10pm on weekdays, and until 11pm from Thursdays to Saturdays. Children are encouraged to come play and enjoy a variety of athletics activities including jumping, throwing, relay races, sprints and hurdles.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, experienced coaches will be on the ground offering training sessions for three hours at each pit, while on weekends children will compete against each other to win medals.

Senior athletes will also make an appearance on weekends to meet and greet their fans at Doha Festival City, where they will sign bibs of Kids Club members and hand out medals and prizes to the winners.

As part of the partnership between DFC and the Local Organising Committee, tickets to the IAAF World Athletics Championship Doha 2019 will be on sale at the mall at a dedicated booth opposite to Centrepoint store on the ground floor.

The children will love you more this month.
Free. Open daily 2pm-10pm. Centre Court, Doha Festival City, Umm Slal (4035 4444).

Golf players in Doha can now earn free Qmiles, 04 Sep 2019 10:10:54 +0400We have excellent news for golf lovers in Doha. The Privilege Club programme has just partnered with Education City Golf Club and all members can now earn Qmiles through golf membership packages and day passes for lessons.

So if you love spending an occasional afternoon sinking some putts or you’re just curious about the sport, this is the perfect incentive to head over to Education City and try your hand at golf.

If you’re a Privilege Club member, you can gain a bonus of 10,000 Qmiles through the referral programme for both members and referred friends to enjoy golfing together at EC Golf Club.

The EC Golf Club comprises a range of short game formats, a learning and practice facility housed, a TrackMan range, an 18-hole championship golf course, a six-hole championship course with seven teeing ground options per hole for quick and multi-generational golf and a flood lit nine-hole par-three course all designed by two-time major winner Jose Maria Olazabal.

The partnership includes corporate membership’s packages that will obtain 40,000 Qmiles upon registering.

Privilege Club members and companies will get to enjoy an opportunity to form a new recreational activity in the sports sector, with an exciting new experience at this state-of-the-art golf course while earning Qmiles.

Privilege Club members can choose from signing up the ECGC experience for membership packages or one day pass for lessons.

There are womens-only classes with female instructors, too.

We’re already planning our next vacation with the free Qmiles we’ll obtain on signing up.

Mondrian Doha launches new summer offer, 03 Sep 2019 04:51:42 +0400What if we tell you that you can work out in a top gym at a luxurious five-star hotel in incredible surroundings for as little as QR767 per month? Not bad, huh?

Mondrian Doha’s summer offer looks pretty unbeatable – join the gym and take advantage of a top deal. If you enroll for six months, you get two months free and if you sign up for an entire year, you get three months free.

Even a monthly payment plan is available for those who don’t want to pay the entire amount upfront.

The offer not only comes with incredible discounts, but also plenty of benefits. Along with the gym membership, you get a diet or Fitness DNA Test (worth QR2,500) totally free.

There are complimentary hotel stays, spa treatments, daily health shots and even personal training included in the packages.

Another benefit is the Super Sundays deal which allows you to dine at any Mondrian Doha restaurant and get 30 percent off your bill on Sundays.

There are additional discounts on the spa, restaurants and rooms, too. The membership grants you full access to the gym, pool and spa facilities. And you’re going to absolutely love being around Marcel Wanders’ stunningly designed space.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today. For a full list of the best gyms in Doha, click here.
From QR767 (per month). Mondrian Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4045 5550).

Why you need to head to The Westin Doha for some chill time, 26 Aug 2019 10:20:41 +0400After a long, hot month, you could use some much-needed pampering and The Westin’s spa has just introduced a new range of services. From revitalising treatments to fun activities, there’s plenty on offer.

There's a new oxygen facial by Intraceuticals that promises glowing skin, rehydration and rejuvenation.

Suite Nails, a dedicated manicure and pedicure salon, is offering regular nail services as well as nail art if you fancy getting all that in a luxurious setting.

Additionally, the Squash Academy has been introduced and you can take private, semi-private or group classes from experts. The first squash tournament takes place from August 29 until 31 at the hotel’s squash courts.

The Westin has also introduced a range of workouts and classes including yoga sessions, FloatFit, kickboxing and aqua gym. If you’re interested in water exercises, there’s lots more happening in the city.

Apart from group classes, personal training sessions with certified and professional instructors are offered depending on prior reservations.

For more workout options, check out Doha’s best gyms and also get a few tips on exercising safely at home, if you don’t want to leave your space.

Other classes include HIIT, circuit training and zumba, too.
Open daily 6am-10pm. The Westin Doha, Fereej Bin Mahmoud (4492 1682).

Five fitness studios to try in DohaShereen D’Souza, 15 Aug 2019 08:25:06 +0400Bounce Fitness Qatar
For the ultimate indoor fitness hangout, try Bounce. It’s perfect for adrenaline-junkies, wall-runners, freestyle-jumpers and basically everyone who is looking for a fun, sporty indoor activity. Bounce Fitness has three special fitness categories to choose from – flight academy, wall runner and Bounce fit. All these programmes are focused on improving your fitness levels in a
fun and energetic manner.
QR90 (adults), QR80 (kids). Open Thu-Tue 8.30am-7pm. Tawar Mall, Al Duhail (4408 6500)

Dynamik by Evolve at The Pearl-Qatar hosts an exciting range of mixed gender and ladies-only fitness classes such as Muay Thai, Pilates, cardio kickboxing and even belly dancing. You may not walk out looking like Shakira but you will have a lot of fun and burn calories at the same time.
QR70 (per class). Days and times vary. Dynamik, The Pearl-Qatar,

Military Fitness Qatar
Too lazy to finish your workout? If you just answered yes, you probably need some military-style discipline. Formerly known as Bootcamp Military Fitness and created by a British army soldier, this group has assembled a unique and wide variety of trainings such as strike ops (muscle endurance plus cardio), artillery (muscle building and overloading), switch fire (HIIT workouts), desert storm and many more. The workouts are rigorous, disciplined and focused on maximising your output.
QR1,800 (30 sessions). Daily, timings vary. Treve Towers, The Pearl-Qatar (5503 0532).

OX Fitness Lab
OX Fitness is an umbrella fitness company offering several different and unique exercise programmes. They even have an app where you can choose your favourite sessions and attend them based on what’s available. Yoga lovers can enroll in Niya Yoga. For boxing action, you can punch to the rhythm at Beat Box. Encore Pilates is for reformer enthusiasts and Ride Tribe features visually enhanced spinning classes. Regular gym workouts are there, too.
QR1,750 (The Works package including unlimited classes for any activity of your choice). Dates and times vary. The Gate Mall (4020 6430).

The Pearl F45 Gym
F45 will most likely leave you gasping for air, but it’s all for the greater good. F45 is the most innovative, challenging and systemised team training workout we can think of. At The Pearl F45, you’ll be part of an inviting environment featuring trendy interiors. This studio gym is focused on getting you motivated through innovation and results through its programmes such as Hollywood circuits, Roman resistance training and Dockland cardio-based exercises among several others.
QR1,200 (one-month membership). Open daily 5.45am-9pm. The Pearl-Qatar (7068 9391).

Healthy meal programmes with doorstep delivery in DohaShereen D’Souza, 06 Aug 2019 08:25:05 +0400Diet Delights
Low-carb, healthy and fresh meals come in a box right to your doorstep. You can choose as little as one meal a day or opt for the box which provides you with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Al Hilal (4031 5411).

Not only is this keto-friendly, but the entire plan is tailored for you and your requirements. The food is tasty and reliable since it’s prepared by the W Doha chefs. All the food is labelled with calories and macros.
Abu Hamour (3334 4679).

Ideal Diet
Don’t want to commit to a monthly box? Ideal Diet delivers single meals and they’re all delicious, too. From dishes such as fish and chicken to desserts like cheesecake and basbusa, everything is calorie counted and really healthy.
Bin Omran (4488 7745).

Free sailing sessions in Doha, 04 Aug 2019 08:14:07 +0400The best way to beat the humidity this summer is to jump into a pool. Or head out for some aqua adventures.

Luckily, Sora Marine is offering free sailing sessions for both adults and children. A family activity for absolutely no cost sounds like the perfect summer plan.

Sora Marine Training teaches sailing, diving, wakeboarding, water-skiing, wakesurfing and powerboating, all with qualified instructors at the helm. You can take courses, sign up for watersports camps and so much more.

The RYA Standard Sailing Course, taught by qualified, highly experienced instructors, costs QR1,800 otherwise. It starts at level one and goes up to level three for adults, and offers a selection of advanced modules.

The courses are 12 to 16 hours long and can be completed in two full days in groups of up to six people, or privately.

But you can save that cash and get a free beginner’s lesson. The free sailing sessions start on Saturday August 31 at 8am until 9.30am and 10am until 11.30am for children and from 1pm until 3pm for adults.

The classes are conducted on a weekly basis (every Saturday), so the next session following August 31 will be on September 7 and 14. The timings are the same but the slots are limited.

Signing up as soon as possible might be a good idea if you want to strengthen your sailing game.

And just in case you want to enroll in any of the other watersports and classes here, there are plenty of options.

The PADI-certified diving lesson (QR300) includes an introduction to breathing underwater in the pool, and the open water scuba diving course (QR2,000) includes a theory session, a pool session and four sea dives.

Sora Marine Training’s wakeboats can be rented for QR400 per hour on weekdays and QR500 per hour on weekends for a maximum of three people.

You can learn to wakeboard, wakesurf and water-ski with the help of an instructor if you’re a beginner.
Free. Aug 31, Sept 7, 14, timings vary. Sora Marine Training, The Diplomatic Club,

Water exercises to try in DohaShereen D’Souza, 26 Aug 2019 06:25:07 +0400BeFit Centre
This ladies-only fitness centre has aqua aerobics sessions three times a week. You can jump into the pool with some reasonably heavy dumbbells and just follow the instructor. Not only will you burn loads of calories, it’s the best way to beat the heat.
QR100 (one session), QR600 (ten sessions). Timings vary. Al Jamiaa St (6688 1500).

Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
Improve your fitness levels and cool down at Radisson Blu’s aquacise classes. The sessions are for females only, but there’s plenty of other fitness activities at the recreational Cabana Club for males.
QR60 (one session), QR400 (eight sessions). Sun, Thu 8.30am-9.15am. Salwa Road (4428 1621).

Vichy Célestins Spa Resort
If you’re looking for aquacise, Vichy Célestins is a hub of water-based fitness activities. The spa has an entire wet zone featuring some top-of-the-line equipment such as adjustable shower jets for water massage treatments, hugely beneficial hydrotherapy baths and a multifunction indoor pool that includes water beds, auto massages with holding bars, water blades and 12 aqua-biking units. The aqua-bikes are not included for day use as separate classes are conducted with fitness instructors.
QR80 (groups of four or more, aqua-bike classes), QR100 (per person, aqua-bike classes). QR200 (day use). Timings vary. Salwa Road (4428 6000).