Exclusive Tours for Culture Pass Members

Qatar Museums (QM) has announced that Culture Pass members can sign up for exclusive tours to see the magnificent National Museum of Qatar and explore its interior and exterior grounds.

Fifty tours have been scheduled to welcome Qatar’s residents to see the iconic National Museum building inspired by the beautiful desert rose design. The tours are open only to Culture Pass members who sign up online. The National Museum is an architectural gem designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel due to open in December 2018. It tells the story of the people of Qatar, celebrating the country’s rich heritage. The musuem will combine historic objects and contemporary influences, opening up a dialogue around the impact of rapid change while honouring its ancestors’ legacy.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said: “The National Museum is next year’s addition to Qatar’s growing cultural scene. Having welcomed His Highness the Emir last month, foreign dignitaries and members of the community more recently, we open our doors to the people of Qatar. “The tours will enable you to appreciate the architectural gem of Jean Nouvel for one last time before we begin our interior installations. This is everyone’s last chance to experience the museum as an architectural artefact. We welcome all nationalities and residents,” she added.

QM’s Culture Pass programme offers almost 16,000 members unique access to diverse cultural activities across Qatar. Members receive a vast range of benefits from QM and its partners, including access to workshops that develop creative skills and explore exhibition-related themes; dedicated newsletters with the latest activities taking place in Qatar and abroad; invitations to attend exclusive exhibition openings; private tours of galleries and discounts of up to 15 to 25 per cent at QM cafes, gift shops and selected sites. Recently, QM restructured the Culture Pass programme to include four tiers, three of which are paid and one of which remains free to the public. The new tiers include: ‘Culture Pass’, ‘Culture Pass Plus’ and ‘Culture Pass Plus Family’, ‘Culture Pass Academic’, and ‘Culture Pass Creative’, which allow everyone to enjoy QM and its offerings in a way that best meets their needs and interests.

GO: Visit www.qm.org.qa/en/culturepass to sign up for QM’s Culture Pass Programme and for more information.


Filipino Fare

AURA HOSPITALITY AND FOOD SERVICES RECENTLY UNVEILED THEIR FILIPINO MENU AT THE STATION ASIA OUTLET IN THE MALL OF QATAR

 

Guests joined Janela Joy Cuaton, Mutyang Pilipinas 2015 Tourism International titleholder as well as Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2016 – First Runner-up on her visit to The Station Asia to launch the Filipino menu featuring a diverse array of authentic gastronomic creations from the Philippines. Curated by AURA Hospitality Food & Services’ award winning Irish Executive Chef, Finian Gallagher, The Station Asia’s appetising new culinary offering includes Classic Chicken Adobo, Beef Bicol Express, Chicken Tinola and Sinigang with Shrimp, amongst many other traditional Filipino appetisers and main course dishes complete with a tempting array of sweet treats.

Janela said: “As a community, we love to celebrate, socialise and entertain, so the launch of a fully dedicated Filipino menu at The Station Asia gives us one more reason to do just that. “The eclectic menu features a lively ambience along with an array of popular dishes and recipes with exciting twists –
making this vibrant outlet an ideal venue for special occasions or a casual outing with friends and family,” she added. The outlet’s location in Mall of Qatar’s Food Court offers a welcome refreshment break from long shopping sprees while its unique setting gives foodies the opportunity to relive and celebrate food memories from home. The Station Asia, part of The Station concept, which offers 3 additional live cooking sections featuring Italian, Indian and Rotisserie & Grill, is open daily from 10am to 11pm. Go on, get adventurous with those taste buds and fall in love with Filipino food.

GO: Call 4028 5622 for more information.


Tropical Summer Happenings

DOHA FESTIVAL CITY, THE NEWEST ENTERTAINMENT,RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY DESTINATION IN QATAR IS GIVING FAMILIES THEIR VERY OWN TROPICAL ISLAND EXPERIENCES THIS AUGUST WITH NUMEROUS FREE BEACHSIDE ADVENTURES HOSTED INSIDE THE MALL – AWAY FROM THE HEAT. VISITORS WILL HAVE THE BEST OF A SUMMER HOLIDAY BROUGHT TO THEM THROUGH ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHOPS FROM 3PM – 9PM DAILY.

 

WHAT:  SHIPS AHOY
WHEN:  DAILY FROM AUGUST 3 TO 26, 3PM TO 9PM
WHERE:  CENTRE COURT
AGE:  FOUR TO 12-YEAR-OLDS
PRICE:  A MINIMUM SPEND OF QR200 IS REQUIRED AT ANY STORE IN DOHA FESTIVAL CITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS ACTIVITY.

Dive for treasure, walk the plank and sail the high seas at Doha Festival City’s Pirate themed adventure ball pit. Set to be sure hit with children of all ages, the colourful ball pit will provide hours of fun for them in their own pirate themed world.

 

WHAT:  DESERT DUNE DASH
WHEN:  DAILY FROM AUGUST 3 TO 26, 3PM TO 9PM
WHERE:  AXIS NODE
AGE:  ALL
PRICE:  FREE

For the high energy adventure lovers, test your racing skills at the remote control (RC) Car Race Track. Families and friends can compete for free, by driving their high-speed remote control cars through various tight turns on our sand dunes to the finish line!

 

WHAT:  SEASIDE WORKS OF ART
WHEN:  EVERT THUR, FRI & SAT FROM AUGUST 3 TO 26, 3PM TO 9PM
WHERE:  CLOUD NODE
AGE:  FOUR TO 12-YEAR-OLDS
PRICE:  FREE

With a different seaside theme each weekend in August, children can have their faces painted, decorate stones, paint shells or personalize their own t-shirts. All creations can be kept, taken home and shown off to friends and family! The first and last weekend will consist of Sand Art & T-Shirt personalizing, the second weekend is all about Stone and Sand Art Making and the third weekend will be Shell & Sand Art Making.

 

WHAT:  SUMMER MODELLING
WHEN:  EVERT THUR, FRI & SAT FROM AUGUST 3 TO 26, 3PM TO 9PM
WHERE:  ENTERTAINMENT NODE
AGE:  FOUR TO 12-YEAR-OLDS
PRICE:  FREE

Enhance children’s creativity with interactive play at Summertime Modelling. With sparkly ocean  coloured Play-Doh as well as kinetic sand. Children will be able to create their own beach scene and show off their creations to family and friends!

 

GO: Visit www.festivalcitydoha.com for more information.


 

Fitness Overhaul

Debuting at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is the newly renovated state- of-the-art fitness centre which opens daily, exclusively for spa members and in house guests.

 

Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha can now enjoy breathtaking marina views overlooking the 25-metre indoor swimming pool from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the redesigned fitness centre. Featuring a designated area for the ladies and new cutting-edge and full range equipment – including treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bicycles, squat machines, pure strength series and more by Technogym – you’ll fall in love with keeping fit all over again. For members who choose a more personalised workout,  complimentary fitness classes are held daily and personal training is also available upon request.

Patrizia Hofer, Hotel Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, said: “We are excited, now that we had our new fitness center re-opened, equipped with complete essentials for our guest to experience a great workout. “The top-of-the-line facility offers an impressive venue redesigned and built specifically to fulfill the health and wellness needs of our guests,” she added. To celebrate the re-opening, The Ritz Carlton, Spa, Doha has an exciting special limited offer for new memberships this summer, which gives guests a perfect pampering and fitness treat with tailored packages for singles, couples and families. The annual package benefits include unlimited use of gym, squash and tennis courts, and swimming pools with complimentary fitness classes. Likewise, the member get to enjoy the perks of 20 per cent savings on Food and Beverage and Fadia Mendelek Ladies and Gents Salon.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Doha opens from 6am to 11pm. Spa services are available daily starting from 9am to 9pm and the Fitness Centre is open daily from 6am to 11pm. There’s never been a better time than now to kick start your fitness regime!

GO: Call 4484 8000 for more information.


Arabic Music Sensations

Qatar Summer Festival (QSF) organisers have confirmed that Arabic music star, Kadim AlSahir and Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi will perform live in Qatar on August 17 as part of the entertainment schedule of the longest-running edition of the country’s summer festival.

 

Both artists are set to take to the stage at the Qatar National Convention Centre theatre to serenade fans with a selection of their best-known hits. The internationally-renowned Iraqi artist Kadim AlSahir, dubbed the “Ceasar of Arabic Song”, has been entertaining fans from across the Arab world and beyond for over three decades, selling over 100 million albums. The evening’s events will kick off with a performance by the Qatari celebrity Fahad Al Kubaisi who has regularly performed during Qatar’s tourism festivals, showcasing the latest in the Qatari pop music scene.

Tickets for the QSF live music concert are now on sale at all branches of Virgin Megastores and can be purchased online through the store’s website. Tickets start at QR45 in the silver category and are available for QR99, 149, 199 and 395 in the gold, platinum, VIP and royal categories respectively. Mashal Shahbik, Director of Tourism Events and Festivals at Qatar Tourism Authority said: “We are pleased to present music fans with the opportunity to enjoy a special entertainment experience that celebrates our Arab culture. The live concerts by these two distinguished artists enrich Qatar Summer Festival’s entertainment offering while presenting Qatar’s visitors with an authentic tourism experience.” These live music concerts form part of QSF’s exciting live entertainment schedule, offering a rich array of cultural shows, performances and unlimited family-friendly entertainment. Held under the theme “Colour Your Summer”, QSF is a nationwide festival that celebrates the country’s family entertainment, retail and hospitality offerings. In its fourth edition, this year’s QSF stretches beyond the usual monthlong period, to run from Eid Al Fitr through to Eid Al Adha. Those who wish to stay up to date with QSF activities can follow the Qatar Events Calendar’s dedicated social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram (@QatarCalendar), Facebook (Facebook.com/QatarCalendar) and Snapchat (QatarCalendar).

 

GO: Visit www.visitQatar.qa/calendar for more information.


Happy is For More Than Just an Hour at The Club…

THE ST. REGIS DOHA IS RENOWNED FOR ITS LUXURY HOSPITALITY, HOWEVER ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THIS EXQUISITE HOTEL, YOU WILL FIND A VENUE THAT IS NOT ONLY SOPHISTICATED IN STYLE BUT COMBINES BOTH MUSIC AND GASTRONOMY FOR THE PERFECT NIGHT OUT. WELCOME TO THE CLUB…

Located in the West Bay area of Doha, The Club hosts renowned artists in front of arched windows that overlook the Arabian Gulf while you enjoy your favourite beverage. From Wednesday to Saturday you will be entertained with live music from Aida & Garage Band, with the soulful voice of Aida and Fares Kharoubi. Born and raised in Algeria, both Aida and Fares have travelled the world performing and have become synonymous with jazz, R&B and lounge music. This award-winning duo, along with their resident DJ will have you immersed in the music and entertained all night long, from Sunday to Tuesday! If you’re living, visiting or just passing through, The Club at The St. Regis Doha is a must visit for everyone looking for a unique location and experience in Qatar’s capital.

More reason to visit is the incredible Happy Hour every day of the week (until August 31) and ladies night every Tuesday. What are you waiting for? Get your nearest and dearest together for a jazz-filled evening out!

GO: Visit www.theclubdoha.com for more information.


I Love Qatar Summer Special

THERE’S EVEN MORE REASON TO ESCAPE THE DOHA BUSTLE AND HEAD TO BANANA ISLAND RESORT BY ANANTARA FOR A SPECIAL SUMMER BREAK.

 

With the heat at peak this month, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is offering its guests the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the season’s sunshine during the week. Start planning your staycation from now until August 27 where the resort invites all its clients to enjoy the summer with its exclusive Weekday Summer Room offer (Offer is valid for Rooms and Suites only). In addition, of course, to enjoying all the resort’s world-class amenities, recreational facilities and sports activities,the offer gives guests a 20% discount on a two-night stay or 30% discount on a three-night stay during the week. Guests will also be eligible for 15% off at all the resort’s restaurants and cafés, as well as 15% off treatments at the spa and a complimentary game of bowling.

Only 25 minutes from the heart of Qatar’s vibrant capital, a luxury catamaran ferry crosses crystal clear water to reach a breathtaking island that feels a world away, while a private helicopter pad offers an exclusive arrival with a bird’s eye coastal view. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara – a paradise sanctuary which respects local culture by offering an alcoholfree environment, is packed with world class facilities and limitless activities providing relaxation and adventure, wellness and pure indulgence.

GO: Call 4040 5050 fore reservations and more information