Six things to do in Qatar this weekend (Feb. 3-6)

From cheering on some of the world’s best cyclists to enjoying a movie in the park to shopping at an ethnic bazaar, there’s lots to do around town over the next few days. Here are our picks:

Ladies Tour of Qatar

An annual cycling race that pits some of the best female competitors in the world against each other is back again this year for its eight edition.

The Ladies Tour of Qatar began on Tuesday and runs in four stages over four days.

Ladies Tour of Qatar

Today’s race will involve a route from the Sheikh Faisal Museum to the Al Khor Corniche, Thursday’s will be from the Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal and Friday’s final leg will start at the Aspire Zone and run through Katara Cultural Village.

For more information, race routes, and participant standings, visit the event’s website here.

QAWS Quiz Night

Save a stray and boost your IQ with the Qatar Animal Welfare Society’s (QAWS) first Save-a-Stray Quiz Night of the year. Teams of six people or less are encouraged to attend the event tomorrow, Feb. 4, at the Doha Rugby Football Club.

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Teams can register from 7:30pm onwards for a fee of QR50 per person, ahead of the event which begins at 8pm. Winners will recieve prizes, and spectators can sign up for a raffle draw.

Interested participants are required to pre-register by emailing their names and ID numbers to For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.

Al Kaas Cup

The annual Al Kaas Cup is back this weekend for its fifth edition from Feb. 5 to 15 at the Aspire Academy outdoor football fields.

Al Kaas U17

Watch as some of the best up-and-coming young footballers from elite academy teams like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and SL Benfica compete in the annual under 17s tournament.

Held in collaboration with Al Kaas Sports Channels, the Aspire Zone Foundation and the Qatar Football Association, the event is free and open to the public. For more information and a detailed schedule of matches, visit the event’s Facebook page here, or its website here.

Chamber music at the MIA

Watch Syrian violinist MAias Alyamani perform a series of his best compositions at this week’s free Chamber Music event at the Museum of Islamic Art.

MIA chamber music

Supported by members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, the event will be held tomorrow, Feb. 4, from 6pm onwards. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page here.

Pakistani bazaar

An Al Khor-based Pakistani community called Sahni Dharti is hosting a Pakistani-themed community bazaar on Friday, Feb. 5, from 2 to 7pm. The event will be held at the new football field near the Al Khor Hospital, and is free and open to the public.

Zaoq Pakistani food

Residents can browse through vendors selling Pakistani clothes, leather, home decor items and freshly imported produce. Local restaurants Zaoq and Zeeshan will also be selling Pakistani food to attendees. For more information, call 66084437 or 55204380.

Qatar International Rally

Watch as 15 of the best drivers from the region compete in this year’s Qatar International Rally from Feb. 4 to 6 at the QMMF Headquarters on Salwa Road.

QMMF racing

The rally is divided into 13 stages, and covers a total distance of some 535.24km, and will include Qatar’s very own rally driver – Nasser bin Saleh Al Attiyah.

Tomorrow’s leg will begin from 7pm onwards, and will continue from 9am onwards on Friday at the Aqua Park, and from 8am onwards on Saturday at the same venue. For more information and a detailed schedule, see QMMF’s Facebook page or visit the event’s website here.

Deal in the works to sell London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to Qatar

One of London’s best-known hotels, Grosvenor House on Park Lane, could soon be sold to Qatar. Its current owners, the Sahara group, told the Indian Supreme Court yesterday that it has entered an agreement to sell its interest in the five-star Mayfair hotel, Business Standard reports.

The Grosvenor House sale would be one of a portfolio of assets the Indian company is reportedly selling. Sahara bought the hotel in 2010 from Royal Bank of Scotland for $726 million.

Report: Qatar to begin importing meat from Kenya

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Kenyan goat, sheep and beef will be on sale in Qatar supermarkets within the next two weeks following an agreement signed by both countries, according to a local media report.

Speaking to the Qatar Tribune this week, Kenyan Ambassador Galma Mukhe Boru said that fruit, vegetables and other products will also soon be shipped from Kenya to Qatar.

He added that the meat products will be frozen and flown into the country by Qatar Airways, and that live animals will be imported later on.

Currently, Australian and New Zealand livestock dominate the market in terms of meat offerings.

Food security

But Qatar, which imports 90 percent of its food, has been attempting diversify where its meat and poultry products come from in recent years.

And according to a recent government report, Qatar has also improved its food security by growing more produce and raising more livestock at home.

Qatar grew nearly 24 percent of the fruits and vegetables consumed in Qatar in 2013, up from 15 percent in 2009, states the latest agricultural report from the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS), which was released last year.

Similarly, the country was 8.5 percent “self-sufficient” in meats in 2013, up from 6 percent in 2009.



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