Things to Do in Doha in July
Tue 21 July-Sat 15 August
Hammer out a bargain meal at the Anvil Rooms
Every summer and winter, restaurants in the Big Apple slash their prices for a week to encourage punters to try new places without busting their wallets. We’re big fans of this tradition, and are very excited to see our very own local NYC steakhouse The Anvil Rooms are following suit – and they’re doing it for nearly three weeks! Business lunch, anyone?
INFO: Lunch, 12pm-3pm, QR91 and dinner, 5.30pm-7pm, QR139 for dinner, The Anvil Rooms, Tornado Tower
Get bullish at Toro Toro
When it comes to upscale fine dining in Doha we’re spoilt for choice – but The Marsa Malaz Kempinski’s restaurants are on a different level. Indulge your inner carnivore at their newly-opened South-American restaurant this month – and it’s open throughout Ramadan, so if iftar and suhour isn’t your thing, check out the churrascaria (Brazilian barbecue) and get stuck into the fishy magnificence that is their ceviche. With stunning views over the sea, it’s set to become the new Doha hotspot.
INFO: 8pm-2am, Toro Toro, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, 4035 5101, www.kempinski.com/en/doha/marsa-malaz-kempinski-the-pearl-doha
Ladies Morning at Market
[body] Forget gossiping over a post-work drink – now it’s all about the power brekkie. Head to Market by Jean-Georges nice and early, and you can get your smoothie on or inhale a cappuccino in a girls-only zone. Eighties power-suit optional.
INFO: 9am-11am, Sun-Thu, QR75, W Hotel Doha, 4453 5000, www.wdoha.com
Put some fizz back in your life
At La Varenne, you get real French service – not only can you sample the best grape from that country, but it’s practically silver service when the trolley is wheeled over to you, groaning with hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Their happy hour deal is astounding: for every drink you order, you get to choose four nibbles. Magnifique!
INFO: QR40, Sun-Thu, 5pm-7pm, Tornado Tower, 4499 0680, www.lavarenne.qa
Take a stroll along The Corridor
Aussie artist Pip Hoy (an Ahlan A!List alum) and a team of art experts have hand-picked the best new artists Doha has to offer at the launch of this brand new exhibition space. The Corridor aims to showcase Qatar’s cosmopolitan art community with a slew of exciting projects, featuring 19 different artists from 16 different countries! The artworks are also available for sale – perfect if you’re looking for a unique and authentic souvenir from your time in Doha.
INFO: Until the end of Aug, The Corridor, Grand Hyatt Doha, 4448 1234, doha.grand.hyatt.com
Win free Starbucks (and more) at Biscotti and Al Maha Café
[body] Budding photographer? Addicted to coffee? If that sounds like you and want to win a free cup of joe – or a chance to stay at a luxury hotel for a weekend – head on down to the Grand Hyatt Doha. Start snapping the Starbucks coffee in the café, be sure to tag @GrandHyattDoha on your Instagram account, and you might just be a winner…
INFO: Biscotti and Al Maha Café, Grand Hyatt Doha, 4448 1234, doha.grand.hyatt.com
Thu 2 July
Get ready for Garangao
One of Qatar’s truly unique traditions, Garangao is often likened to Halloween (but without all the nasty ghosts and monsters). Children dress in traditional Qatari garb and go on the prowl around the neighbourhood nuts and sweets. Head down to Katara or Souq Waqif to get the full cultural effect – and start stocking up on goodies now!
Sun 5-Thu 9 Jul
Send the kids to Summer Camp
Need to keep your little darlings entertained over the summer, but don’t want them vegging out in front of the TV? Qatar Museums is running a week-long Ramadan camp, where the young ‘uns can learn about Islamic geometry, calligraphy, astrolabes and listen to tales from the Arabic world while getting to mess around with paint. Can we have something similar for adults, please?
INFO: 9.30am-12noon, QR600, for kids ages 5-7, Sun 5-Thu 9 Jul, Museum of Islamic Art, Education Building, 4452 5555, www.qm.org.qa/education