Following a fun-filled summer season packed with entertainment – including the smash-hit Disney on Ice and the country’s first-ever Qatar Toy Festival – Qatar Tourism again unveils a dynamic schedule for September that features a host of cultural and sporting events.

The month will see a vibrant line-up of musical performances, art exhibitions, as well as various sporting championships. Whether residents and visitors are looking for interactive experiences, thrilling competitions or cultural exhibitions, the Qatar Calendar ‘September Edition’ is catered to suit all preferences and interests.

Noor Abdulla Al-Thani, Acting Head of the Tourism Events and Festivals Organizing Section at Qatar Tourism, said there’s plenty to experience and enjoy this September in Qatar, with a variety of musical performances, cultural exhibitions and sporting championships taking place.

Cultural events

Doha Trade Fair: Ongoing at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) until 6 Sep, the fair is organised by Al Maraya for Exhibitions and Conferences. It features a variety of products including clothes, perfumes, food, accessories, carpets, and more. The exhibition provides a platform for merchants to engage with visitors and showcase their latest products and designs.

The Present: The Future of the Past: On view at the Fire Station until 16 Dec, the exhibition showcases the various stages of the creative process following the 31 artists in residence at the Fire Station Museum. Delving into the artistic journey of each artist, the exhibition will highlight the start of the creative process through to the final outcome.

Qatar Philharmonic 2023/24 season: The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) kicks off its 2023/24 season with a unique musical event that pays tribute to Gulf folk music, merging traditional Gulf folk styles with a Western orchestra in an event titled, Gulf Folk Meets the Philharmonic (2 Sep). This is followed by an evening featuring one of the greatest operas of the 19th century, Bizet’s Carmen – Musical (15 Sep). Featuring the works of Mendelssohn and Schumann, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (19 Sep) will showcase pieces from the score written by Mendelssohn for the famous Shakespearean play. Music lovers can delight in the major works by Mozart and Beethoven and watch one of the Philharmonic’s live performances led by the esteemed German conductor, Elias Grandy on 24 Sep. Lastly, A Night of Tchaikovsky (30 Sep) will feature two of the renowned artist’s greatest compositions.

Storytime: Angry Majid (2 Sep) was held at the Mohammed Jassim Al Khulaifi Library. This storytime session shared the relatable journey of Angry Majid.

Rouda AlMalki Exhibition, ongoing until 6 Sep at the Al Jawan Hall of Al Dana Club, is a celebration of beauty and femininity designed for fashion enthusiasts.

As part of this month’s cultural events, Cultural Village Foundation – Katara is holding a series of exhibitions plus an illumination workshop with artist, Khadija. The Illumination Art Workshop, slated at Building 19 at Katara Cultural Village until this Thursday, 7 Sep. The Sudan, Land of Colors Exhibition, open to the public from 4 to 17 Sep at Building 18 features the works of artist Nour El-Hadi, who takes audiences on a beautiful journey through the colours of his native country, Sudan.

The latest edition of the Katara International Hunting and Falcons Exhibition (S’hail 2023) will present premium falcons, hunting and falconry equipment from all over the world from 5 – 9 Sep. The exhibition aims to preserve Qatar’s rich heritage and promote the significance of the country’s national bird.

Mahmod Al Turky Concert at the Mall of Qatar this Wed, 6 Sep, is expected to be an exhilarating live musical performance featuring Iraqi-based singer Mahmod Al Turky from the widely popular show, Arabs Got Talent. The singer continues to captivate audiences at cultural and social events across the region. The show is open to the public and is free of charge.

Masterpieces of Furniture Design Exhibition at M7 in Msheireb Downtown Doha is open for public viewing from 8 Sep until 9 Dec. Drawn from the renowned Vitra Design Museum collection, the exhibition will showcase a comprehensive selection of modern furniture, including original works by leading designers such as Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand and Virgil Abloh.

The first edition of the much-anticipated Doha International Coffee Exhibition is set to be the largest event of its kind in Doha. The exhibition promises visitors the finest coffee experience and a platform for companies to showcase their latest offerings. The exhibition will be held at the DECC from 14 to 16 Sep.

Geekend at Lusail Boulevard on 15 and 16 Sep is Qatar’s most popular meeting of geeks. It promises the most epic and unique edition yet.

The 13th GPCA Agri-Nutrients Conference on 17 to 19 Sep at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha is designed for industry leaders and practitioners of the agri-nutrient sector across the region to share ideas and future trends in the sector.

Discovering Wood Craft at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on 24 Sep is a special workshop for children that delves into the use of wood in artefacts.

Sporting events  

Awsaj Academy Recreation Centre kicks off a 14-week term of Ability Friendly Movement and Meditation classes that will involve one-hour group dancing classes with guided meditation for participants with disabilities. Classes start this Sunday, 3 Sep until 14 Dec.

Qatar Classic PSA Platinum – Squash at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex from 9 to 16 Sep, is Qatar’s annual international squash tournament, featuring an exciting showdown of the world’s best squash athletes as they battle for the esteemed winning title.

The Gulf Cricket Championship is coming to Qatar for the first time. Teams from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia will compete for the championing title. The event will be held at the West End Park International Cricket Stadium from 14 to 23 Sep.

The 2023 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship will be the seventh edition of the under-16 basketball championship in the International Basketball Federation’s FIBA Asia zone. The tournament will serve as a qualifier for the 2024 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup in Turkey. Matches will be held at the Al Gharafa Sports Club Hall from 17 to 24 Sep.

The Seashore Phoenix Games 2023 is a competition that specialises in functional fitness. The event will kick off on 22 and 23 Sep for the men’s competition and on 24 and 25 September for the women’s competition. The event will be held at the Ladies Sports Hall Aspire Zone. Please note that the women’s competition will be private and open to women only.

The Qatar Open 9-Ball Championship will return for the first time in over a decade, with the 2023 edition boasting a QAR1 million prize fund.

All events and activities listed here can also be found at qatarcalendar.com. To unveil the latest hospitality offers from Qatar Tourism, check out visitqatar.com


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