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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Finding out what’s on in Qatar

Information always seem hard to get at in Qatar. Websites are rarely updated, phones go unanswered, ad when you do get and answer the person answering sometimes knows less than you. (Normally the panicking recipient of your call gives you another phone number which then goes unanswered.)

This lack of information extends to what's on. We try to mention major events on our blog, but we don't get everything. Luckily, there are a few good sources of information. So, if you want to keep up with what's going on, try those below.

Qatar Happening – small What’s On guide published monthly that lists events happening in Qatar that month. You can normally get hold of it at Mega Mart, Landmark, and at Qatar Distribution Centre (the alcohol shop!) They should shortly have a website (www.qatarhappening.com) although at the time of writing it’s not yet up and running.

Marhaba – more of a book than a magazine, it combines the features of a travel guide, magazine and what’s on guide. Updated copies are published every few months, which you can usually buy at the big supermarkets, the bookshops and at the Qatar Distribution Company.

Qatarliving – not specifically a what’s on guide, but a mine of local expat knowledge. If you want to know something specific, ask a question and you’ll probably get a flood of answers. They have recently added an events page which should be extra helpful.

Experience Qatar – official Qatar tourism website. Lists events in Qatar, although normally after they have happened. I’ve yet to work out the difference between coming and future events.

The local newspapers – sometimes contains adverts for upcoming events. There are three English language newspapers: The Gulf Times, The Peninsula and The Qatar Tribune.

You might also want to check out the following websites for specific details: Qatar racing and Equestrian club

Doha Golf Club – check out their calendar for tournaments

The Qatar Motor Grand prix

Qatar motor and motorcycle federation

What’s on when – not that great for Qatar, but some events are listed

Doha Sailing association

Qatar Olympic Committee

Also see: What to do in Qatar and our Doha Guide

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