The best things to do in Doha in May

Cool gaming gear, delicious new dishes and a relaxing retreat

The best things to do in Doha in May

Dine at Jason Atherton’s Pearl Social
The celebrity chef has brought his special touch to Doha, opening the simply brilliant Pearl Social at Marsa Malaz Kempinski. The Mediterranean-inspired menu is a hit – especially the 40-day aged beef cheek. Phwoar, what a dish. We can’t wait to hurry back there this month – and so should you.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-11pm (Mondays closed); Thu-Fri 7pm-midnight. Pearl Social, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4477 4164).

Early eats at Elements
Just in case you want to have an enhanced supper, Elements’ early dinner offer is just perfect. For QR150, you can have a three-course pan Asian meal and a sip from 6pm until 7.30pm. Enjoy a selection of some delectable dishes from Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisines.
QR150. Daily 6pm-7.30pm. Elements, Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8600).

Get out onto the water
Whether you surf the waves, fall face into them or prefer to soar high above them, you simply have to get out onto the open water this month. We’ve rounded up the very best of water-related fun to have in Doha. Fire up the jet skis and, if you don’t like getting wet, hold on.
Read about the best watersports here.

Ramadan Sports Festival
Aspire Zone Foundation will host 12 sporting events this Ramadan including football and basketball for females and males. Youth events include fitness competitions, hockey, wall climbing and walking in the Aspire Dome.
May 8-19.

Shouq Al Mana’s exhibit

True to the spirit of Galeries Lafayette, an art exhibition for local visual artist Shouq Al Mana is being held this month. It will focus on painting this month and drawing next month. This is the first of many cultural events here.
Free. Ground floor, Galeries Lafayette, Katara Cultural Village (4447 3404).

Get your game face on
If you needed a reason to go to Virtuocity, the first-of-its-kind gaming zone in DFC, we have 240 of them. BenQ’s eSports entity ZOWIE has installed 240 units of XL2546 240Hz eSports monitors with Dynamic Accuracy. In simple terms, gamers now have access to the latest technology that can improve the whole experience and make it better than ever. Besides incredible clarity, you can block out distractions from the sides of the monitor and adjust your angles.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Virtuocity, Doha Festival City, Umm Slal (4042  0378).

Relax and recharge

Wake up on a peaceful beach with the smell of essential oils, vegan food and fresh herbal teas. No, this isn’t a dream, it’s an actual opportunity to attend a meditation retreat on Banana Island. You can walk on the beach to join morning yoga, sound healing and meditation.
QR995 (per person). May 24-25. Daniel Matallana, Banana Island Resort by Anantara (3328 6827).

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