For those staying here in Doha during Eid, don’t fret! I’ve rounded up some staycation ideas that will keep you busy and entertained throughout the holiday.
Important to note: Planning a staycation requires a switch in mindset and a fresh outlook. That means resisting falling into your everyday routine, being willing to try something new and having a relaxed approach if things don’t go as planned.
Do a themed movie week at home and include snacks or even decoration following your theme. Movie theme nights can be Hollywood Classics, Fright Nights, or Shark Tales.
Living here in Doha has made me prone to avoiding crowds but it’s the ideal time to join the festivities and become a tourist for the day. Do not miss the current exhibitions on at Katara, the spice market at Souq Waqif, and Museum of Islamic Art Park cafe.
Indulge in a culinary adventure
Instead of going to your go-to restaurants (mine is the W Market), how about partaking in a culinary adventure and sampling dishes at Doha’s hottest restaurants for a change? My top recommendations would be The Dining Room at Al Najada hotel, Souq Waqif, Idam at the Museum of Islamic Arts, Yum Yum at Hotel K108.
Take on a photography project
Eid Al-Fitr is a great opportunity to take on a photography project and capture the spirit of the occasion through photographs. You don’t need to own a professional camera for this, whip out your iPhone to capture special moments around you and truly immerse yourself into the celebration. Don’t miss the fireworks at Katara at 8:30 PM.
Want to avoid the crowds? Plan a barbeque
Soak up the last few days of summer and invite your friends and family for a barbecue Take advantage of the abundance of fresh produce at supermarkets especially the seasonal fruits like watermelon. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with friends staying in Doha and meet new people.