10 things to do this spring break

Khadija Islow, Staff reporter

1. Enjoy a staycation

Spring break is only for a week and many students decide to stay in Qatar. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get away for a couple of days. A staycation in Qatar means you can enjoy your days at a resort.

One possible destination for you is Sealine Beach Resort. The resort is located in Mesaieed by the Arabian Sea. There, you can enjoy water sport activities, a desert safari, a spa, sports such as volleyball and football, and even more.

Additionally, Banana Island Resort offers many activities. The resort has a surf pool, putting golf, bowling and more.

Photo by Antonio Pistillo

2. Go to the Mall of Qatar Fun Fair

For the first time, Mall of Qatar has expanded to hold a fun fair outdoors. The Fun Fair is in partnership with Qsports and will offer unique activities until the April 15. Attendees can enjoy wind tunnels, trampolines, football dart games, paintballing and much more. The fair is perfect for you to enjoy with either family or friends as you explore the many activities.

The fair takes place from Sunday to Wednesday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo from Mall of Qatar

3. Powder and Damask Exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art

An exhibition of the private collection of Fadel Al Mansoori is taking place at the Museum of Islamic Art. Islamic arms and armor produced in Turkey, Iran and India from the 17th to 19th century, once in the hands of Sultans and elites, will be showcased.

You can visit the exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. except on Friday when the museum opens at 1:30 p.m.

Photo from Museum of Islamic Art

4. Go see a movie

Here are some movies you can still see this coming week:

First is the Marvel blockbuster, “Black Panther.” Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film tells the story of the king of Wakanda and the Black Panther, T’Challa.  T’Challa is challenged for the throne by an enemy who conspires to use the resources of Wakanda to destroy the world. The Black Panther must unite unlikely forces to destroy Wakanda’s enemies and save the world.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is an award-winning crime comedy film. The movie is a story of a woman by the name of Mildred Hayes who, while grieving the rape and death of her daughter, rents three billboards leading to her town of Ebbing, Missouri. The billboards display provocative messages towards the town’s chief of police which later compels his second-in-command to get involved.

Both of these movies and more are currently being screened in malls such as Doha Festival City and Gulf Mall.

5. Attend Inward Bound

For female residents of HBKU housing, for the second consecutive year, Residence Hall Association has put together some programs and activities over the spring break. The program entitled “Inward Bound” has activities that include kayaking, dune bashing, BBQ, a dhow cruise on the Corniche and more.

Join the fun with friends from the resident hall. These activities will happen from March 3 to 6.

Photo from HBKU HRL

6. Visit Mathaf Museum for ‘Project Space 11: Proposal for a Public Sculpture’

At the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar Schools of the Arts’ graduate Hana Al-Saadi exhibits her sculptures. The museum invites guests to examine the process of research, the role of public art in Qatar, and experimentation with art to develop a proposal for a public sculpture in Doha.

Explore the project space to be a part of the discussion on art in Qatar or just enjoy the sculptures. The project space is open from Feb. 25 until May 13.

Photo from Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art

7. Catch the Oscars

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be honoring the outstanding movies of 2017. For the second consecutive year, famous talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting it. Nominated movies include, “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “Dunkirk,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water,” and many more. This year, many records have been broken. Director of photography for “Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison, is the first woman in history to be nominated for best cinematography. While “Get Out” director, Jordan Peele, is the first black person to be nominated for best original screenplay, best director and best picture in the same year.

You can catch the Oscars at 4 a.m. Doha time on March 5.

8. Explore Film City

Located in the desert of Zekreet Peninsula is a deserted film city. The city, built for an Arabic series called “Eyaal Al Theeb,” resembles a traditional Arab village. The series illustrated the life of a tribe in the village of Eyaal Al Theeb, who fight with a neighboring tribe. In the mystery village are wildlife such as oryx and ostriches and an artificial oasis.

Photo by “PuraVida129” on Trip Advisor

9. Learn a new skill

You can take up a new skill or a new hobby with the help of this workshop. At Katara Cultural Village, a traditional handicrafts program will teach participants skills such as embroidery and gypsum decoration. The training is free for men and women over the age of 18. It will be taught in Arabic. The workshop runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

Photo from Katara.net

10. Discover Purple Island

Purple Island is located in Al-Khor and offers an escape from the city. The name comes from the many purple flowers located on the island. Purple Island includes small beaches and is surrounded by mangroves and wildlife. You can enjoy the beach, climb the rocks, take a kayak into the waters and eat at a local restaurant on the island.

Photo from Dohafamily.com


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