5 Things To Do This Fortnight in Qatar
1. PARTY LIKE A GREEK
THU 1 MAY-FRI 2 MAY
Get ready for a plate-smashing, foot-stomping good time! Mykonos is hosting a weekend of Bouzouki Nights on the lawn, so be prepared for lots of dancing and some crazy antics along with traditional live Bouzouki music. Chef Ilias Kafalis will ensure you’re well fed with a buffet feast of Greek goodness, including kleftiko (absolutely delicious slow cooked lamb), keftedakia (Greek meatballs) and galaktoboureko (a semolina-based custard dessert). That’ll give you something to dance off.
INFO: QR250 per person for buffet, dinner 7.30pm-12midnight, Mykonos at Intercontinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon, 4484 4919, www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels
2. GO UNDERGROUND
The Hideout is the new underground music spot for starting your weekend with the best of deep house, nu disco and tech house with cool Doha DJs. Situated at The Terrace at Sharq’s Al Dana, this is a hot new scene for people-watching and enjoying the latest new tracks. Dress code is sleek, smart and stylish – get out that LBD.
INFO: Free entry, 7pm-1am, happy hour 7pm-9pm, 21+, The Terrace @ Al Dana Restaurant, Sharq Village & Spa, Abdul Aziz Bin Jasim St, 4425 6666
3. WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
MON 28 APR
English comedian Phill Jupitus (Never Mind The Buzzcocks) will be a special guest at a performance of the hit improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? in Doha this month. It promises to be a night of laughs with a smattering of biting wit as scenes and characters are created in front of the audience in an instant, and just as quickly changed again.
INFO: QR150, 7pm-10pm, Al Silia Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Doha, tickets available from hotel concierge, cash bar on the night.
4. PARTY AT THE PIER
Listen to some smooth music from the DJ and chill with your friends, kicking back as you catch up with the goss in your own beautiful little open air cabana. The Party at the Pier is one of the most relaxed ways to kick off your weekend in Qatar and the views of Doha by night are beautiful.
INFO: Entry requires annual membership at QR200, which also gets you a 10 per cent saving at Il Teatro restaurant, Arabica Cafe and Apres Spa Café, 8pm-1am every Thu, Four Seasons Hotel, The Corniche, 4494 8888, www.fourseasons.com/doha
5. EXPERIENCE A WORLD OF ART
WED 30 APR-SAT 3 MAY
If you want to see an art exhibition that has a little bit of everything, from realism to abstract works, reflections on Qatar to reflections on the world at large, this is the event to go to. The fourth annual exhibition by the International Artists Doha (IAD), hosted by Qatar Foundation Community Services, will include works from 22 artists who hail from all over the world but who now call Qatar home. This year’s theme is deep – Rooh Al Hayat: The Essence of Life – so there’s sure to be more than one work that makes you pause for thought. In addition to the individual artworks on display, all of the artists will contribute a small canvas to be offered for silent auction, with half of the proceeds going to IAD to fund future public events.
INFO: Free, 6pm launch Wed 30 Apr, 10am-6pm Thu 1 May, 12pm-6pm Fri 2 May, 10am-4pm Sat 3 May, AaQool Atrium, Second Floor, Qatar Foundation Recreation Centre in Education City (enter Education City through Gate Two and follow the temporary road signage to the Recreation Centre), www.facebook.com/InternationalArtistsDoha, firstname.lastname@example.org