10 events that will keep you busy this week (February 12, 2017 – February 18, 2017)

By Nabeela.Tariq

Take part in Qatar National Sport Day events that will help you stay fit and healthy. Do something special for your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Let your kids be an artist and paint you a masterpiece. Enjoy music that will make you tap your feet.


1.       Qatar National Sport Day (February 14, 2017)


Photo credit: Life in Aspire

This year National Sport Day falls on February 14. The entire community of Doha-from local Qatari to people from different countries and all walks of life-are encouraged to be part of sporting activities taking place all over the city. The aim of National Sport Day is to promote sports, fitness and a healthy lifestyle along with educating the community on the health risks linked with inactivity which include diabetes and heart disease.

Some regular events are held every year in conjunction with National Sport Day. These include:

1.       The sailboat race: This race is held by the Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation. It starts at the Corniche, where you can also avail the Federation’s rowing machines and kayaks. Other activities include handball, miniature golf, water skiing, Shaweef rowing and weight lifting.

2.       Sports activities at the Museum of Islamic Art Park: Take a walk in Doha’s lovely park, a family favorite, and enjoy the fresh air while takin part in fitness classes along with kayaking and soccer.

3.       Sporting events at the Katara Cultural Village: This year Katara has organized over 80 different sporting ad fitness activities that include chess matches, karate, weight lifting, wrestling, boxing, table tennis, sack races, touch-to-tackle rugby. In addition, you can watch the fast-paced basketball, soccer and handball games, etc.

4.       Doha Sports City sports and fitness activities: If you visit, the Doha Sports Club, well-known all over Qatar for its state-of-the-art sports training equipment and sports activities, you can watch or take part in a large number of different activities that include basketball, beach soccer, fencing, judo, wall climbing. There’s even a four-seat bicycle ride and family boot camp that challenges your fitness and activity levels.

5.       Dolphin Energy (DE) Doha Dash: The DE Dash has been part of the National Sport Day activities since it started in 2012. The dash starts at 7 am, and the length of the dash may be anywhere between 1 km (0.6 miles) up to 10 km (6 miles). To register, visit www.dohadash.com and be ready to challenge yourself.

Venues: Museum of Islamic Art Park, Katara Cultural Village, Corniche, Aspire Park, Aspire Zone, Doha Sports Club, and other locations around Doha.

Date: February 14, 2017

Timings: All day event


2.       Celebrate Qatar National Sport Day 2017 at Aspire Zone (February 14, 2017)

Photo credit: Life in Aspire

Aspire Zone Foundation is taking part in the 6th National Sport Day by hosting sports activities for everyone. The Fun Run will allow participants to tour around the world-class Aspire facilities leisurely from 8:00 am – 9:30 am.

The starting point will be The Torch Hotel, so be there. The 5000 Steps Journey is another active station that will kick off from the Torch Hotel area. Join us from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in a walk designed to encourage healthy eating and daily physical activity.

Date: February 14, 2017

Venue: Aspire Zone

Timings: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


3. Fun Run 2017 on National Sport Day (February 14, 2017) 

Photo credit: Life in Aspire

Running 2.9km can be finished in 20 – 30 minutes! Up to the challenge? Whether you like running or prefer walking leisurely, this one-lap race called the Fun Run will allow you to tour around Aspire’s world-class facilities, and everyone that finishes is a winner.

Lineup starts at 8am. So, be close to the start line if you are a cheetah or near the back if you are a youngster or a social runner; and at the back if you have a push chair for everyone’s safety. The finish line will be where you started.

FREE Registration! First come, first served.

Date: February 14, 2017

Venue: Opposite to Khalifa International Stadium VIP Entrance, near The Torch Hotel

Timings: 8:00 am - 9:30 am


4.       Get Fit with Nordic Walking in Aspire Park (February 14, 2017)

Photo credit: Life in Aspire

Take part in the form of fitness walking called Nordic Walking on National Sport Day at 11:00 am at the entrance of Aspetar west expansion. The two-hour walk will be supervised by a certified Nordic walk instructor. It will include walking using specially designed poles and a learned technique that results in a low impact, but high results and total body fitness. It increases cardio fitness, burns more calories and activates 90% of muscles. In addition, there will be fun games, as well as stretching, balance and strengthening exercises.

Participation Rules:
- Age: 18 – 50 years.
- Participant must be physically active and able to follow the group.
- We are going to provide a pair of poles to each participant. At the end, all poles must be returned.

Route and Plan:
Please refer to the map with the planned route and activities. We are going to follow the orange route. The numbers explain the main parts of the walk.
- Starting point: Aspetar West Expansion.
- 10-minute stop for stretching and balance exercises
- 20-minute stop for fun games
- 10-minute stop for stretching

- Finish point: Aspetar West Expansion

Limited slots are available. For more information and to register, visit www.lifeinaspire.qa or send an e-mail to Anastasios.Rodis@aspetar.com

Date: February 14, 2017

Venue: Aspire Park

Timings: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


5.       Sports Corner Fair (February 14, 2017)

Photo credit: Sports Corner

Are you ready for the most amazing open sports event in Qatar? The Sports Corner Fair 2017 will be held in Aspire Park to celebrate Qatar National Sport Day 2017. The unique event is open to the public and is for adults and children. Everyone can come to join and participate in open activities and tournaments. Have fun, get fit and stay healthy with the Sports Corner.

Date:  February 14, 2017

Venue: Aspire Park

Timings: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


6.       Lulu Creative Club (February 14, 2017)

Music Lounge is a training center located in Wakra. It provides training in music, art and dance. It also organizes events to promote and give opportunities for resident talents in Qatar. 

On February 14, 2017, the Music Lounge is organizing the 'Lulu Creative Club" at the Lulu Hypermarket, Barwa City - Food court. This is a free art work shop for kids between 4 - 14 years, the workshop will be followed by a be a quick art contest using the new art techniques they will learn at the work shop. 

There will also be an art gallery exhibiting selected paintings by students at Music Lounge. 

If your child is between 4 and 14 years of age, register now for the free art workshop! Call 555 72 429.

Date: February 14, 2017

Venue: Lulu Hypermarket, Barwa City - Food Court

Timings: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


7.       Love is in the Air! Fly and Dine (February 14, 2017)

Photo credit: 365 Adventures

Looking for an extraordinary way to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one. You’re in for a treat because 365 Adventures has the perfect lineup especially for you and your valentine!!
For the first time in Qatar, 365 Adventures is presenting a full-on Fly and Dine concept that you won’t be able to resist.
The Fly and Dine event includes:
- Pick-up and drop-off from Doha
- Full on meal/mediterranean lunch
- 30-40 mins of flight tour with a captain guide
Below are the costs (for 2):
- Flight only - 850QR (30 - 40 minutes above the North of Qatar)
- Meal for 2 - 200QR - served next to the runway.

Date: February 14, 2017

Timings: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


8.       365 Souq Hunt (February 14, 2017)

Photo credit: 365 Adventures

365 Adventures is holding a unique Souq Hunt on Qatar National Sport Day at Souq Waqif. You will have the opportunity of explore the Souq like never before. Sign yourself up or your team to challenge others and see who will emerge victorious in this exciting Souq hunt.
The rules are simple:
- Players/teams will look for a clue with a riddle on it and locate their next location with by answering the riddle.
-Volunteers will be scattered in various locations of the Souq to guide the player/teams for their next clue.
-Players/teams with all the clues will be the winners of the Souq Hunt.

Venue: Souq Waqif

Date: February 14, 2017

Timings: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Admission Price: QAR.25 per person; QAR.40 for a group of 3.


9.       Motown Magic (February 16, 2017)

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Motown Magic live Giwana Ballroom on Thursday 16th February 2017. The show will feature classic songs from The Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Jackson 5 and many more. Witness immaculate costume changes and amazing dance routines which capture the soul explosion of the 60's,70's and beyond which is brought to the stage in exhilarating style. Don't miss the must-see concert full of unforgettable hits. Over 21’s. Qatari ID required
Venue: Radisson Blue Hotel
Date: February 16, 2017

Timings: Doors open 7:30 pm to 12:00 am
Ticket Price:QR 390/- per person including International gourmet buffet and selected beverages.


10. Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto (February 17, 2017)

Photo credit: Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Ludwig Van Beethoven composed the First Piano Concerto sometime between 1796 and 1797. When played for the first time in Prague, the audience were surprised and yet also responded positively to the Concerto, showing that right from the start, Beethoven was initiating a musical revolution and challenging preconceived notions about what a given musical structure should have., even if he may not have known at that time,

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra bring this beautiful music to Qatar to enthrall audiences:

Dmitrij Kitajenko, Conductor of Honor
Christopher Park, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27

Date: February 17, 2017

Venue: Qatar National Convention Center

Timings: 7:30 pm 11:00 pm

Ticket Price: QAR.125-175


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