Events this Week in Qatar: December 3 - 9 

Events this Week in Qatar: December 3 - 9 

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Embark on a vibrant journey through Qatar's December festivities! The Qatar Hot Air Balloon Festival, Winter Festival at Old Doha Port, and the World Arabian Horse Championship at Old Doha Port promise exhilarating experiences from December 1st to 18th. Delve into cultural showcases, captivating performances like "A Thousand and One Nights," and adrenaline-pumping sports events like the GKA World Cup Final at Fuwairit Kite Beach. Join the 'Ride for Education' charity cycling event, witness technological innovations at MADA Innovation Day, and explore thought-provoking exhibitions such as the Picnic Eyes Exhibition at Katara Cultural Village. December in Qatar is a combination of excitement, culture, sports, and education—immersing you in an unforgettable tapestry of events and experiences!

Qatar Balloon Festival 

With the wind of triumph from its three past editions, the Qatar Hot Air Balloon Festival eagerly prepares for its fourth chapter. This grand affair aims to surpass prior achievements, setting the skies ablaze with anticipation as it beckons hot air balloon aficionados worldwide to flock to Qatar, solidifying its status as an essential destination on the global ballooning map.

Date: December 7 - 18, 2023 

Timings: 4.00 am to 8.00 pm 

Location: Katara Cultural Village 

Access: Free to view. To ride: tickets from QAR 499 


Winter Festival at Old Doha Port 

Dive into a mesmerizing showcase of age-old crafts, revel in the vibrancy of a spirited parade winding its way through three key venues, and engage in delightful children's entertainment featuring sea mascots, enchanting face painting, captivating juggling performances, and an array of engaging activities. The Winter Festival promises an unforgettable experience filled with exuberant vibes and unmissable moments—join in and soak up the festive spirit!

Date: December 1 - 7, 2023 

Timings:  4.00 pm – 10.00 pm  

Location: Old Doha Port 

Access: Free 


Save the Planet 

"Save the Planet" is an exciting and fun-filled play, that entertains and educates kids and teenagers. Join "Drip Drip" as she illustrates the vital importance water plays in our daily lives.

Date: Until December 11, 2023 

Timings:  5.30 pm – 6:10 pm  

Location: Al Bidda Park, Expo 2023 

Access: Free 


World Arabian Horse Championship Doha Paris 2023

For the first time outside of France, the World Horse Championship will be held in Qatar in 2023 and 2025. Get ready for the world’s most prestigious showcase of exquisite Arabian purebred horses at Old Doha Port.

Date: December 7 - 9, 2023 

Timings: 8:30 am – 5.00 pm 

Location: Old Doha Port 

Access: Exclusive to ticket holders 


A Thousand and One Nights 

The storyline of the ballet A Thousand and One Nights is based on the masterpiece of Persian and Arabian literature and is filled with the music of creative genius of prominent Azerbaijani composer Fikret Amirov (1922–1984). Amirov, enriched by his travels in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, and encounters with local traditions, infused the score with the authentic essence of Middle Eastern musical culture. 
An array of percussion instruments, including bongos, tam-tam, xylophone, vibraphone, drums, bells, cymbals, and gongs, along with the Azerbaijani stringed instrument tar, bring the richness of Arabic rhythm to life. Amirov, aspiring to global recognition for Azerbaijani music, skillfully wove Eastern melodies into classical European forms, reminiscent of the folk orchestra sounds from his youth. In August 2020 the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre embraced the ballet A Thousand and One Nights into its repertoire. 

Date: December 5 - 8, 2023 

Timings:  8.00 pm onwards 

Location: Al Mayassa Theatre, QNCC 

Access: Tickets from QAR 100 at Virgin Megastore 


GKA World Cup Final 2023 Qatar 

The Qatar Airways GKA Kite World Tour is excited to return to its first event at the new Fuwairit Kite Beach resort as the opening round of 2023! 

Date: December 5-9, 2023 

Timings: Various timings. 

Location: Fuwairit Kite Beach 

Access: Free  


Ride for Education 

After its huge success in 2018 and 2019, Sheraton Grand Doha and Qatar Marriott Business Council are proud to host the biggest charity cycling event, 'Ride for Education,' through the Road to Awareness initiative again this year on December 8, 2023, in support of Education Above All (EAA) Foundation.

A committee representing 20 Marriott International hotel properties in Doha organizes a wide variety of corporate social responsibility events across the country in association with the Road to Awareness, a Marriott International initiative that aims to make a positive difference for underprivileged children by helping provide them with a better future.

The charity bike ride will support Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, with funds raised benefiting EAA, and it will be led by a Qatari cyclist and the Qatar Cycling Federation.

Registered riders will receive a complimentary cycling jersey and full access to the event.

Children below 5 years have free entry.

The event is open to all age-cycle riders, with participants ranging from 12 to 70 years old.

Date: December 8, 2023 

Timings: 7,00 am onwards 

Location: Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel 

Access: Tickets from QAR 150 at Q-Tickets 


Picnic Eyes Exhibition 

Presented by the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara, Picnic Eyes Exhibition

Date: December 4, 2023  

Timings: 11.00 am 

Location: Katara Cultural Village 

Access: Free 


MADA Innovation Day 

The most important event to learn about the latest innovations and technological solutions in digital accessibility. 

Date: December 7, 2023 

Timings: 8:30 am to 5.00 pm 

Location: Mandarin Oriental, Msheireb 

Access: Free, registration required 


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