Summer in Doha is not for sissies, with temperatures hitting a cool 53o C this weekend it is certainly time to stay out of the sun.  If however, you are going into the sun make sure you have a very high sun protection on.
For those of us that prefer to keep indoors, you have to start questioning what exactly there is to do in Qatar with the temps so high?  Considering Villagio and City Center are both closed with rumors of Landmark and other shopping malls following suite, trawling malls, watching movies, going ice-skating and to the indoor entertainment centers looks pretty dismal. Although, honestly we very rarely (if ever) take the children to any of these as they are always over crowded and unpleasant. With all this in mind, I went on a search to see what we could do for the three weeks that we will be here for and this is what I found.
Firstly, we love sport and in July we will definitely be watching the finals of the Euro 2012, while  Wimbledon is a must. To keep up with the sporting fit you can join in with indoor tennis at the Ritz/Carlton, Sheraton or at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex. While you can also play squash at these venues, including the Cabana Club, the Bay Club and the Diplomatic Club. These clubs, as well as many of the hotels have gyms which cater for all types of classes from pilates, yoga, spinning, Body pump, etc. And there are swimming classes available at most of these including the ASPIRE Academy and Qmotion. There is indoor horse riding lessons at Al Shaqab Riding Club and the Racing and Equestrian Club.
The Gymnastics Academy, which runs throughout the school year, is holding a Holiday Club:
Week in July 9-12th July
Class 1 (Games in the hall, Art, Gym & trampolining) ages 5-8
Class 2 (Team games, board games in teams, gym & trampolining) ages 9-12
Week in August 28th August – 3rd September (includes the Saturday)
Class 1 (Games in the hall, Art, Gym & trampolining) ages 5-8
Class 2 (Team games, board games in teams, gym & trampolining) ages 9-12
Cost: 150QR per morning or 650QR full week
Venue: DESS multipurpose hall

To enrol, email
There is definitely no reason not to keep fit and slim this summer to show off your well kept bod at some of the outdoor events you can participate in.
Once the sun starts rising in the East up until 10am and then starts to move to the West from about 4pm, it is time to get outdoors.  Here there is so much to get involved in, from Water sports like skiing, wakeboarding and banana board rides, to fishing, sailing, kite surfing, boat & yacht charters, parasailing, and scuba diving; and being out on the water allows you to keep cool too. Check out all the available sports
The Aqua Water Park is great fun for all ages, they rides range from kiddies basic slides to those not for the faint hearted.
Then don’t forget the Qatar Bowling Center for some fun afternoons out with the kids.
There are also a couple of kids clubs to join, Doha Mums will keep you busy with their schedule of things to do, if you are new to Doha or a new Mum don’t waste any time and join them today. Cafe Ceramique at The Mall is great for arts and crafts and the Kempinski Kids Club has a kids schedule for all ages.  
Keep up to date with the latest film releases and special screenings on the Doha Film Institute website, with the lack of cinemas in Doha to go to,  DFI does screenings of specific movies in their theater complex at Katara, all new activities are listed on their Facebook page.  Katara itself offers some diverse arty options, with great restaurants and the beach area with its watersport action.  At the moment there is the exhibition “Found Gesture” by Radhika Khimji running until 13 July in Building 19 – G1,  The History of Photography until 1 July in Bldg 18, the Saraya Fashion collection until 31 August in Bldg 5 and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra that play every Saturday and Wednesday in Bldg 16. 
There are still some movie houses you can frequent too, such as The Mall, Royal Plaza and Najma. I am sure City Center will reopen soon with all its Cinemas ready for safe viewing with Landmark following suite.
If culture is your cup of tea, don’t stop at Katara. Take yourselves and the kids off to Souq Waqif and explore all the little shops packed together with local and international flavors. Journey through Doha’s past and future at the Msheireb Enrichment Center located on the Doha Corniche — looking just like a boat, the center floats on the Doha waterfront where visitors can discover Qatar’s traditions, culture and heritage.  The Museum of Islamic Art houses a large collection of artwork belonging to different Islamic Eras, while Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is a new institution dedicated to Arab Culture and has a comprehensive overview of modern Arab art.
If it is food you are after, good conversation with friends and time away from home cooking, as well as to celebrate Iftars and Suhoors have a look at the Timeout Doha suggestions for bookings during Ramadan.
Don’t forget about Cirque du Soleil, the Canada-based contemporary circus company will be performing their signature show Saltimbanco at the Aspire Dome from July 4-7.  
Other events taking place in the Gulf Region can be found here.
These are just some of the things I have picked up along the way, for all your holiday listings stay up to date with Time-Out Doha.
The below video shows a couple of other places to visit…perhaps when it is cooler 🙂

Happy. Holidays. Doha.