Man About Town in Qatar: Night at the Museum and Ancient Chic

11 Jul 2013

Events guru Nicholas Chrisostomou gives us the inside track on Qatar’s high society

Night at the Museum
My favourite Doha iftar is a must!

In my book, there’s nowhere in Doha more glamorous to break your fast that Alain Ducasse’s incredible restaurant IDAM at the very top of the city’s iconic Museum of Islamic Art. The dramatic dining room designed by Philippe Starck is a visual experience in itself. Executive chef Romain Meder’s food is incredible; not to be missed is his camel and fois gras dish, which is a gastronomic tour de force. Just being in the MIA at night when the museum is closed to everyone apart from IDAM diners is quite surreal. INFO: IDAM is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, 4422 44 88,

Going on Holiday?
I love this gorgeous passport case by British accessories designer Anya Hindmarch, made from turquoise leather reminiscent of the ceramics of Medieval Central Asia, and sealed with Anya’s signature tassel zip. INFO: QR1,500 from Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Gift Shop.

This fascinating exhibition at Katara Cultural Village about the ancient city of Cordoba in Spain is well worth a visit before it ends on 31 August. Cordoba (previously known as Qurtuba) is known for its Arab-Islamic past, and the old town contains numerous architectural reminders of the city’s past splendour, including a variety of architectural gems, from traditional minaret towers to baths, which are displayed here through the medium of photography. INFO: From Qurtuba to Cordoba, Katara Gallery 1, Bldg 13, 10am to 10pm daily until 31 August.

The Doha Voucher Club is run by fabulous British expat Amanda Parker who spends all day everyday arranging offers for her members to save them money on products and services, including high-end dining and travel experiences. Example of deals for Voucher Club members currently include two-for-one aromatherapy massages at Glam & Glitz for just QR250. Readers of Ahlan! Man About Town can now get two-for-one annual membership at Voucher Club until 31 July – normally QR190 per person, you can share the cost with a friend and both avail of offers all year long! See, it pays to friends in high places – you’re welcome! INFO: Email quoting ‘Ahlan! Man About Town’ to request your discount and arrange payment.
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This Week I Will... whisked off in a chunky 4-wheel motor towards the south of Qatar to Sea Line Beach Resort where my driver will deflate his tyres to prepare for some adrenalin-pumping dune-bashing. At least the car’s A/C will keep me cool in the dessert sun, and when we arrive at our final destination, there’s an inland sea for a dip, and even showers and bathrooms at the camp! INFO: See for more details.

INFO: Nicholas Chrisostomou is the owner of events, hospitality and consultancy company Coco Latté. Contact or see for more details.