Entertainment Side of Qatar
So I see a lot of people still complain about entertainment in Qatar. But the main question is, who do you hang out with? Not where do you hang out!
If you spend your time with a bunch of boring friends, then you will be bored even at the most entertaining place on earth!
You might have to expand your budget a little bit more for entertainment, but there are alternatives. Fun doesn't have to cost money, it's the luxury you pay for.
Another thing I realized in Qatar is a racial thing. Even though we live in a multicultural society in Qatar, I dont see much diversity when it comes to hanging out!... be liberal people!
If you get your finances and friends right and you are not being lazy, then here are a few things you can do around (of course this is based on my research):
Budget QRs. 0 - 300 Per person
Pool & Bowling - Places like hotshots, kazaa, Qatar bowling center are all over the city, make use of them!
Aqua park - The aqua park might be
Paintball - There are 2 paintball places in Qatar:
Katara beach - There are a number of affordable activities:
Cinema - Every week there's at least 1 good movie worth watching:
Swimming & Tanning - From beaches near Dukhan free of cost to 60 Riyals at Oasis beach gives us a good variety of selections (long drive to Dukhan can be considered as an activity).
Walking - The weather is getting a bit better now, its a good time to go out for a stroll at Corniche, Katara or even at the Pearl.
Massages & Spa - Once a month or 2 months it is not a bad idea to pamper yourself, get a treatment. Relax and be stress free. Look up at the affordable massage place or spa near you and visit it.
Malls - There are a bunch of malls all over Qatar now, go get some shopping done!
Cafes & Cakes - I think most of you love coffee and almost every month there are new cafe or bakery opening in Qatar, check it out... they are good like Tasmeem, Red velvet, MBCo. etc.. try something new today.
Food - Don't even get me started on this, there are as many food outlets as there are people here and variety of price ranges.
Shisha - It's usually a good idea to have your shisha after your dinner or lunch. There are a bunch of cafes ranging from 20 to 50 riyals to have shisha at. Cafes like Grand Joud, Souq Waqif (is filled with Shisha cafes), Petit Cafe etc..
Cricket - You can find people playing cricket on weekends all over Doha, usually after Friday prayers... go socialize and have fun together!
Museums & Art Galleries - Visit the Islamic Museum and utilize the park they have made for you, Look up Malawal... It might interest you. There are a bunch of art galleries and shows going on around now a days at Katara as well.
SUCQ - Stand up comedy nights happen every month, once or twice. It is worth a visit and if you are funny, then the stage is yours!
Keep updated at: www.sucq.org
Track & Drift - If you own a sports car and are interested in racing related activities drag, drift, track day etc... or even interested in watching the show, there events happening every now and then at Qatar Racing Club in industrial area or at Lusail Circuit.
Gyms, Zumba, Martial arts - are a few things you can take under consideration.
Shisha's have been my friend, of course the ghetto places. Shisha and a cup of tea or coffee.
There are plenty other activities and events happening around. Keep yourself updated either online on various websites like QL, ILQ, Qatar happening or pick up a magazine like Timeout Doha, FACT etc.. Or even google and facebook can guide you to them!
Now I know they are not the best or what suitable for your taste but, no harm in trying!... Who knows you might start enjoying them.
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