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Thirteen teams from around the world will compete in Qatar’s inaugural international kite festival next week.

The event run daily from noon to 7pm at Aspire Park, from Tuesday, April 25 to Saturday, April 29.

Professional kite flyers from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the UK, the US and Vietnam will be in town for the competition.

Amateurs will also be able to get their hands on a kite during public flying sessions, as well as for lessons on building, decorating and handling kites.

What’s on

According to Aspire’s event schedule, the festival includes workshops, arts and crafts activities and competitions.

Aspire Zone

Kite festival program

In addition to kite-related activities, there will be food trucks and roaming entertainers, and an F1 simulator.

Entry to the event is free, and it’s open to all ages.


Organizers are also offering prizes for three separate competitions inspired by the event.

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The first is a kids’ poster competition.

Children up to the age of 10 years old can go to the Arts & Crafts station, where they will be asked to draw a poster showing their kite flying in Aspire Park.

The artwork will be posted onto @aspirezone, the official Instagram account. Creators of the top 10 most liked images will receive gifts from Festival sponsor Kiddy Zone. 

The second is a photo competition.

Visitors are being asked to upload a photo to social media taken during the event, using the hashtag #AspireKitePhoto.  

First place winners will receive two business class return tickets to any Qatar Airways destination, while second place will receive two economy class return tickets on Qatar Airways to any of its destinations. Third and fourth place winners will receive equipment from Nikon. 

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Finally, there will be a Schools Competition. 

Teams of at least 10 members from any school in Qatar can enter the competition by registering their name until April 24 with Aspire, with the competition taking place on April 28 and April 29 in front of judges.

Each team must create and decorate kites following specific guidelines. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winning teams, with first place winning QR30,000, second place QR20,000 and third place QR10,000.

For more details on all three competitions, see here.

Do you plan to check the festival out? Thoughts?


Qarar zombie film

From off-roading action to checking out the latest car innovations to scary movie screenings and a Latin American festival, there’s plenty going on around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Horror movie screenings

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will screen a series of horror/thriller films at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium starting tomorrow, April 20.

Titled Our Creators of Horror, the series is aimed to celebrate “the craft of eclectic filmmakers who have redefined the genre.”

Doha Film Institute


This weekend’s screening include: Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock (Thursday, 7:30pm); Jumanji by Joe Johnston (Friday, 3pm); Vampyr by Carl Theodor Dreyer (Saturday, 7:30pm); and The Orphanage by J.A. Bayona (Friday, 7:30pm).

The series will also feature a Made in Qatar program that includes four films made by Qatari nationals and residents, which will be screened consecutively on Friday starting at 5:30pm.

Tickets per screening cost QR35/person. However, those interested in attending all or most screenings can buy a “ticket package” for QR100, which grants buyers one ticket to each screening in the Creators of Horror film series. Visit DFI’s page for more information.

Qatar Motor Show

More than 21 automotive brands, including gleaming concept cars, new releases and bikes are showcasing their latest innovations and technology at the eighth annual Qatar Motor Show starting today.

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Qatar Motor Show 2015

The event, which will run until Apr. 22 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in West Bay, is showcasing its from 4 to 10pm on Thursday and Sunday, from 1 to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 8pm on Monday.

Skyline Automotive, Hyundai’s official distributor, will be also be unveiling a new hybrid car – currently rated as the top performing in the segment – that will be coming to Qatar for the first time.

Interested visitors are requested to register for free online here. For more information, visit the event’s website here.

Snow and balloons at DFC

Though it’s ski slope isn’t yet open, Doha Festival City has introduced a monthlong set of attractions for children 5-12 years old.

Its Winter Wonderland event features two snow zones and will run from April 20 to May 20. Play is open from 4pm to 10pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 1pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.


Larry Moss balloon sculpture

In another offering, renowned artist Larry Moss will create sculptures made out of thousands of latex balloons over a period of nine days. Moss is known for incorporating literary, art and pop culture references into his work. Up to 40,000 balloons will be used by him and his team to create the installations.

They will be on display until May 20, and live sculpting will take place from 3pm to 9pm daily.


Head over to Katara this weekend to explore some of the sights and sounds of Latin American culture at the newly launched festival Roots.

The festival, which began yesterday and will run until April 22, features exhibitions and daily evening performances by musicians and dancers from Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and Cuba. 


Roots festival flyer

All performances commence at 7:30pm each night and are staged in Katara’s Drama Theatre.

The event is free and open to all. However, those who wish to attend will need to register here, and children under seven years old are not allowed. For more information about the festival and registration, visit Katara’s website. 

Cross Country Rally

Round four of the 2017 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup and round two of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship will run until Saturday, April 22 at Sealine Beach.


Sealine Rally

A route of nearly 2,000km will take competitors to the outermost reaches of Qatar in a dusty and sandy trail laid by officials at the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF).

When the rally concludes on Saturday, there will be a prize-giving ceremony at the Losail International Circuit starting at 6:30pm. There will also be a show of motorbike stunts and a car exhibition from Mawater. More information on the rally schedule and route can be found online.

World Anaqa Show

Fashion enthusiasts looking to revel in the latest trends should head over to Katara’s Multipurpose Hall in Building 15 starting today.

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The World Anaqa Show, which will open today starting 5:30pm, will be showcasing some of the most renowned local and international brands for men, women and kids.

The event is on daily from 10am to 10pm until Monday, April 24. A fashion show will take place between 6pm and 7pm daily, except for Thursday.

For more information, check out the event’s website.

Desert cleanup

A new environmental awareness group is organizing a desert clean-up this Friday from 9am to 10am, and is seeking volunteers to help.

The cleanup by Silent Volunteers will take place at Qatar’s Singing Sand Dunes, located approximately 40 km southwest of Doha.

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Large garbage bags, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own sand mats, sun screen, hats and toys for children.

Participants are requested to confirm their attendance on Facebook or by email at [email protected]

What are your plans for the weekend? Thoughts?

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2016 Qatar Motor Show

Vehicles boasting the latest technological advances and new hybrid models will take center stage at the upcoming Qatar Motor Show next week.

The focus is a departure from previous years, where luxury and bespoke cars reigned supreme.

The seventh edition of the show will take place from April 18 to 22 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Dafna, near City Center mall.

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2016 Qatar Motor Show

According to organizers, a broad range of exhibitors have confirmed their attendance for the upcoming event.

They include Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mini, BMW, Mitsubishi and Harley Davidson.

Other offerings

In addition to the latest model unveils and displays, an outdoor fan zone is planned. There, a variety of performances and interactive experiences will be held for visitors.

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Fan Zone at the 2016 Qatar Motor Show

This includes an “Xtreme Sports Park” that kicks off April 19 with skateboarding competitions, shows and open time for riders from the public (safety gear required).

See the park schedule and register to ride here.

The Motor Show will also have a classic car parade and showcase of some of the rarest collectable vehicles in the world.

Scaling back

This year, some 21 brands are displaying their wares at the show, down significantly from 35-40 in previous iterations.

Cognizant of declining demand from exhibitors, organizers recently disclosed that they would be turning the event into a biennial one.

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2016 Qatar Motor Show

That means it will be held every two years, instead of annually.

Starting in 2018, the show will also be moved to November, the Qatar Tourism Authority’s director of exhibitions said last month.

In a statement at the time, Ahmed Al Obaidli explained:

“Following discussions with key members of Qatar’s automotive industry and a thorough evaluation of trade and consumer demand, the organizers of the show have decided to shift the event to take place after the Geneva Motor Show, allowing brands to bring to the QMS the latest from the international brand launches.”

The show is free and open to all.

Hours are 4pm to 10pm from April 18-20, and then 1pm to 10pm on the final two days.

Who’s going? Thoughts?