Top Five Things to do in Qatar this Fortnight

Top Five Things to do in Qatar this Fortnight

20 Mar 2014

Sync your diaries with Ahlan!’s essential to-do list

1 DUNES DIVA AVIS ELLIS IS BACK
TUE-SAT EVERY WEEK

Whirling into Qatar after a stint performing in a Las Vegas show, popular American singer Avis Ellis is back in residence at Dunes in the Grand Hyatt Doha. Performing with Portuguese keyboard player Juan Pestana, she’s torching through everything from Justin Timberlake to Pink, eighties classics to Frank Sinatra. We caught up with Avis to chat about celebs and what she’s been up to since 2012, when she was last in town and singing at Dunes.

Welcome back to Doha! We’ve heard you have been singing in Vegas, where you have spent much of your career…
Yes, I’ve been in Vegas doing a show called Dancing Queen. It was a seventies and eighties revival in the main showroom of Planet Hollywood. When Dancing Queen closed, I decided to return to Doha because this city is like my second home. I love the people, the food and the weather.

Did you see any celebrities?
Yes! Meatloaf was [performing] before our show and I met him in the elevator at Planet Hollywood. Also, Britney Spears was performing in the room right next to ours.

What’s your craziest Vegas experience ever?
New Year’s in 2011! OMG! There were over a million people, all within a three mile radius. That was really insane! The Las Vegas strip is amazing on New Year’s Eve.

What’s your guilty musical pleasure?
I love Nicki Minaj. She is really not ashamed to bring in on her s.. appeal.

Which celebrity would you most love to meet and why?
Beyoncé. I hear she is really nice and down to earth.

INFO: Free entry, Tue, Wed and Sat 8pm-12midnight, Thu and Fri 9pm-1am, Dunes, Grand Hyatt Doha, 4448 1280, Dunes.ghdoha@hyatt.com, www.doha.grand.hyatt.com

2 EXPERIENCE AN URBAN CIRCUS
WED 2 APR- SAT 5 APR

Contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize have combined circus arts with a fast-paced blend of hip hop and street dance in their iD show, which is coming to the Qatar National Convention Centre for a limited season. Like Cirque du Soleil, this Montreal-based troupe creates theatrical experiences to entertain adults and kids alike. Be prepared for jaw-dropping acrobatics, ultra-cool performers and a hip soundtrack of rock and electronica.

INFO: Tickets QR95-QR1,500, Qatar National Convention Centre, tickets from Virgin Megastores, Villaggio and Landmark, or online at www.tickets.virginmegastore.me

3 WESTWOOD IS IN THE HOUSE
THU 27 MAR


Legendary English DJ Tim Westwood will be taking to the decks at QUBE for one very big Thursday clubbing experience. A pioneer of the UK hip hop scene and one of the most recognised urban DJs in Europe, Westwood is promising a stint on the decks to keep you dancing ‘til morning.

INFO: Ladies free entry before 10pm, advanced tickets QR100/QR175 VIP, on the door QR150/QR250 VIP, 21+ only, 7pm-late, Radisson Blu, 4428 1428, www.facebook.com/pages/Qube-Radisson-Blu-Hotel-Doha

4 WIG OUT!
FRI 28 MAR


Put on your craziest, slinkiest or silliest wig for a night to remember! The Coco Latté wig party at Rocca is going to be a lot of fun, thanks to a strict no wig, no entry policy and a line-up of funky house music courtesy of DJs Santiago Vittorelli and Kinky D, with Patrick Dilley on drums. There’s also a chance to win a Grand Hyatt weekend stay for two!

INFO: Free entry for ladies, guys free entry before 11pm, QR50 after 11pm, wigs available for purchase on the door for QR50, 21+ only, 10pm-late Fri 28 Mar, Rocca, Grand Hyatt Doha, 7021 8096, www.facebook.com/GrandHyattDoha

5 LIGHTS OUT FOR EARTH HOUR
SAT 29 MAR


Show your commitment to a better planet by switching off all non-essential lights in your home or business between 8.30pm and 9.30pm for Earth Hour 2014, joining thousands of people around the world. Kempinski is hosting a candle-lit dinner at Aroma and candle-lit drinks at The Lounge, while the Grand Hyatt Doha is encouraging guests to join employees pool-side for nibbles and drinks under the stars.

INFO: All events 8.30pm-9.30pm Sat 29 Mar; Kempinski: 4405 3325, www.kempinski.com/doha; Grand Hyatt Doha: 7021 8096, www.doha.grand.hyatt.com