‘What to do in Qatar?’ is a question that’s foremost on the minds of those who make this country their home. Whether it is sports activities or the arts, the nation has something to offer to everyone, even to those with varying interests.
Doha Bay Running Club
Runners of all abilities and paces are welcome to run with this club. The members of the club currently go running every Friday morning at 5:30 at the Corniche for a distance ranging between 10km and 35km, depending on the time of the year. In addition, races are also held regularly.
Regatta Sailing Academy
For all sailing and yacht lessons, Regatta Sailing Academy is the place to go. Apart from these, the academy also organises races. Call 4442 4577
Qatar Chess Association
The Qatar Chess Association offers a great place for all chess fans to practice their game with other enthusiasts as well as participate in tournaments. There are separate centres for boys and girls. Call 4494 4291 for more information.
Doha Community Orchestra
The Doha Community Orchestra is a full-size symphony for amateur musicians, providing an opening for classical music lovers to extend their list of things to do in Qatar. It welcomes new members of all ages and nationalities who must audition for either Orchestra or Wind Symphony as part of the application process. Call 3385 7784 for more information.
This group meets every week to play various strategy-based board games ranging from Eurogames to classic war games and everything in between. Join the group and attend one of their gaming sessions.
Qatar Chain Reaction
Enjoy cycling with other avid cyclists in Qatar to participate in timed rides, duathalons, weekly rides and off-road races.
Qatar Flying Club
The club offers recreational flying to Qatari and non-Qatari members and their dependents. It does so by providing facilities for operating privately-owned general aviation aircraft, gliders and other similar flying vehicles at the lowest possible costs.
Harley Owners Group (HOG) Qatar
Do you own a Harley Davidson and think it would be interesting to meet others who do too? Join the group and get involved in some responsible motorcycling activities.
Doha Nightcrawlers Hash House Harriers
This fun social running group organises run sessions once a month on a Thursday near the full moon. Before the 45-minute session begins, one of the members usually sets a trail using chalk or flour, which is then followed by the rest of the group. The fee per session is QR30 and includes the run, water, food, softies and entertainment. Simply join the next run to join in the fun; check the website for updates on the dates.
Doha Hash House Harriers
This group organises serious and family-oriented runs in easily accessible locations close to Doha. The runs usually take place on Wednesday afternoons.
Qatar RC Club
Members of this club get-together regularly to race remote-controlled airplanes and cars. Call 4458 3780 for more information.
Al Samariyah Equestrian Centre
If you’re a horseback riding enthusiast and would like to ride or learn to ride, you don’t need to wonder about what you can do in Qatar. Al Samariyah offers group and private lessons for horseback riders. Call 5525 7203 for more information.
Qatar Cricket Association (QCA)
The Qatar Cricket Association is affiliated with the Qatar Olympic Committee and welcomes all individuals with a serious interest in playing in cricket tournaments both in Qatar and abroad. The association has its own qualified umpires and coaches and also organises cricket matches for women.
This multi-function centre offers a range of creative workshops for adults and children. Independent workers can also come in to use the facilities such as a Sewing Room, a Wet Room, a Paper Room for scrapbooking and paper craft, and a Cozy Room for knitting, sewing and embroidery. The station offers classes for different arts and crafts every week, view the schedule on the website to learn more about dates and fees.
Qatar Quilt Guild
If you are interested in the art of quilting, join members of the Qatar Quilt Guild in their monthly meetings and classes offered by different members. This is a very active group, so join in to learn or improve your quilting skills.
Doha Writers’ Workshop
If writing is your passion, then meet other writers and aspiring writers for some fun writing exercises and a great social experience at the weekly workshop. Learn from one another and take back some important pointers on how to improve your craft.
Fuel your interest in choir singing by joining the Doha Singers, which is a four-part adult choir consisting of between 60 and 70 singers. The association charges a membership fee of QAR 100 per term and a deposit of QAR 100 against the loan of music.
How about learning to tango? Join Doha Tangueros whether you’re a professional or an amateur, this group is open to all with an interest in Argentine Tango.
Stand Up Comedy Qatar (SUC-Q)
Do you have an interesting sense of humour? And perhaps good comic timing? Try your hand at stand-up comedy by participating in one the SUC-Q shows. Previous acts on this live show have consisted of people from various cultural backgrounds and ages. Or simply attend one of their shows and enjoy an evening of hilarity.
Qatar Professional Women’s Network (QPWN)
QPWN is a great avenue for female professionals in Qatar to network and develop their professional skills in various areas. The organisation holds many events throughout the year, including monthly networking events at different venues around Doha. Younger members can also benefit from the more experienced members by listening to them speak as well as participating in the Circle of Pearl mentoring sessions which pairs an experienced professional with a recent university graduate or one with a new job. Become a member by filling out the form on their website.
AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organization, which provides students a platform to develop leadership skills and grow in a global environment by helping them participate in international internships. AIESEC’s Qatar chapter also works in the same direction through different programmes. Follow their Facebook page for updates on new initiatives and programmes.
The Doha Garden Club
Join a diverse group of ladies who are interested in promoting good gardening practices as well as improving their skills through monthly field trips, tours, horticultural demonstrations and more. The annual membership fee is QR150 along with a fee of QR50 per member for meetings, trips and other events. Guests can pay QR70 per meeting. Fill out a form on the website to apply for membership.
Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS)
QAWS is one of Qatar’s foremost non-profit organisations dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals in Qatar. It is funded by public donations and is run by volunteers who care for the animals. If you would like to volunteer for QAWS or if you find any animal that needs care, call 5539 6074.
Talking Matters Toastmasters Club
This club is anyone interested in building their skills in public speaking and as a result improving their self-confidence and leadership skills. The current members come from more than 40 countries and meet twice a month. Call the Vice President of Membership at 3369 4522 for information on membership.
Qatar Photographic Society
Join other photography enthusiasts in taking photos and meet new people in the process. Call 4408 1812 or 4467 7793 for more information on the club.
Qatar Natural History Group
Explore Qatar’s natural beauty through field trips and rambles that the Qatar Natural History Group organises. Membership also entitles you to attend monthly talks on topics related to nature, botany and other topics by guest speakers. Membership is available at QR50 per person per year or QR100 per family per year with new seasons beginning every October. To volunteer for the group, email the Chair at
Qatar Scientific Club
For science buffs who are curious and love learning and experimenting with new things, your query on what to do in Qatar can stop right here. The Scientific Club offers various workshops, scuba diving, remote-control car racing and aero-modelling, among many other activities. Call 4458 3780 or 4458 3827 for more information.
Brit & European Fishing in Doha
British and European expats living in Qatar can enjoy a nice morning or afternoon fishing in Qatar’s sea waters. Trips usually last about four hours, with complimentary buffet and drinks. Find out more about membership by joining the group.
Qatar Sea Angling Association
If you enjoy the sport of fishing and own a boat in Qatar, join the anglers and conservationists who go sport fishing off the coast and shorelines of Qatar. In your boat, you can explore deeper waters which have all kinds of interesting fish along with fellow-members. For membership enquiries, fill out the form on the website.
Qatar Philatelic & Numismatic Club
If you are an avid collector of stamps, coins and all related items, this club offers you the opportunity to meet with other passionate collectors as well as present your collections and participate in international exhibitions.
Volunteer with this independent organisation to discuss environmental issues in Qatar. Membership also includes field trips to wildlife sites and other places of natural significance.
Reach Out to Asia
For those with a heart for volunteering, your search for things to do in Qatar can end at Reach Out to Asia. Reach Out to Asia invites volunteers from the Doha community to work on achieving quality education in Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iraq, Nepal, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, and Occupied Palestinian Territories.
You can get involved as a volunteer for one-time or ongoing events. Call 4454 1603 to learn more.
If you love to travel and meet other travellers, the Couchsurfing Qatar community is the right place for you. The group is very active and meets every Tuesday at different locations around Qatar and also organise many outdoor activities such as beach trips and outdoor camping.
Meet and travel with like-minded people on vacations to various places around the world through this group. Become a member by creating an account on the host website, Meetup.com and joining the Escape Qatar group.