Things to do in Qatar this weekend: January 9-11

Things to do in Qatar this weekend: January 9-11

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Get ready for the exciting weekend filled with events! Experience a fabulous lake festival or enjoy the best coffee offerings in town.

To help you decide on how to get the best out of this weekend, we have singled out our top 6 favorites!

Get the best of this weekend at the following events:

1. Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2020


Dates: January 6-11, 2020

Where: Khalifa International Tennis and Squash

Entry: Get your tickets online, click here

The 27th edition of Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2020 started on January 6 and will run until January 11 at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash.

For a hassle-free travel, you can use the Metro Red Line to reach the stadium via Corniche station.

For more information, visit

2. Aspire Lake Festival

Weekend in Qatar

Dates: January 10, 2020

Where: Aspire Park

Time: 7:00 pm onwards

Entry: There are two categories of tickets - Gold and Silver - that are available at Aspire Park next to Burgeri.

If you're looking to experience something enchanting this weekend, you might want to head out to Aspire Park, which will stage the 3rd Lake Festival.

Being held this year under the title, 'Tree of Life,' the festival will feature a half-hour show depicting stories of peace, love, family, and happiness.

The lake festival will take place on January 10 at 7:00 pm. However, gates will open for the public at 5:00 pm and will close by 6.30 pm.

In addition to the 'Tree of Life' show, the festival will also include a breathtaking firework display to wow audiences.

The festival will also see different Food and Beverage outlets set up their stalls next to the main activity arena.

3. Marmi Festival 2020

Weekend in Qatar

Dates: January 1-February 2020

Where: Sabkhat Marmi – Mesaieed (Sealine)

Time: 6:00 am to 12:45 pm

Entry: Entry is free for all

One of the largest falconry and hunting festivals in the region, the Qatar International Festival of Falcons and Hunting is back with its eleventh edition this year.

Known as the Marmi Festival, the event is aimed at preserving and promoting the sport of falconry, which is held in high regard in Arab culture.

The Marmi Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year and is characterized by strong competition and heavy public attendance from different countries in the region.

The event sheds light on Qatari culture and hospitality through various shows and competitions.

Falconry is one of the most prominent and admired parts of Qatari culture.  It is a tradition that is deeply rooted in the Qatari lifestyle. Qatari elders take immense pride in teaching the younger generations the art of falconry, so they can enjoy the sport like their forefathers.

Al Gannas, founded in 2008, is Qatar's main cultural association entrusted with the aim to promote and preserve the modern form of this ancient sport.

Not only does it consist of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment needed for hunting and conduct research in falconry as well, but it also organizes falconry events and represents Qatari falconry experts in regional and international contests.

4. Doha International Book Fair 2020

Weekend in Qatar

Dates: January 9-18, 2020

Where: Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC)

Time: The fair will be held from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. On Friday from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and on Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Entry: Entry is free for all

Book lovers in Qatar should be feeling quite excited as the 30th edition of the Doha International Book Fair (DIBF) is all set to kick off on January 9, 2020, and run until January 18, 2020, at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC). 

The slogan for this edition is “Do you then not contemplate,” inspired from a verse from the Holy Quran. The fair is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and it will take place under the supervision and organization of the Qatar Centre for Cultural and Heritage Event Center.

This year’s edition will mark the 30th anniversary of this remarkable cultural event which is also the largest international book fair in the region. The fair is popular for attracting a large participation from Arab and foreign countries.

Doha International Book Fair will coincide with the launch of the Qatar-France Year of Culture 2020, which will enable a momentous French presence during the event, along with a diversified cultural mosaic.

In addition to the book displays, the Book Fair will also feature writers, dozens of sideline conferences, workshops, and cultural activities.

5. MIA Park Bazaar

Weekend in Qatar

Dates: January 3 to April 25, 2020 (Friday and Saturday)

Where: Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park

Time: Fridays (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm) and Saturdays (12:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Entry: Entry is free for all

This year’s Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park Bazaar, a seasonal weekend market, is proving popular since it opened to the public last weekend. For home-based business owners especially, it has proven to be an opportunity to boost trade and increase exposure.

MIA Bazaar has got a vibrant mix of 120 stalls and new ones will constantly pop up. MIA Park Bazaar is a modern version of the old souq tradition.

The stalls are offering a wide range of gastronomies from all over the world.

You can also browse and grab handcrafted artifacts, accessories, canvases, fashion wears, designer ornaments. If you’re looking for significant or customized presents for your precious ones, the bazaar offers a huge range of products for all the age groups.

Enjoy some Karak with a dramatic view of the Doha skyline and cherish some quality time with your family or friends as the mercury drops!

6. Kaffeinate’d Coffee Expo 2020

Weekend in Qatar

Dates: January 8-18, 2020

Where: Katara Cultural Village

Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Entry: Entry is free for all

Coffee fans, are you ready for this year’s Kaffeinated Festival?

Taking place at the gorgeous 21 High Street, you can enjoy the best of coffee offerings from a variety of vendors and roasters.

Let us know which is your favorite cuppa!


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