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AFTERNOON TEA
Most hotels in town have 'afternoon tea' sessions. At The Ritz-Carlton, exclusive shows are held every 2nd Thursday of the , along with the traditional tea. The presentation has a new theme every month and may include include fashion, jewellery, etc. For details call 484 8503.

AMATEUR DRAMATICS
Doha Players Theatre - Amateur dramatics group presents at least 5 productions per year, plus visiting artistes. For information on upcoming shows or membership, contact the box office, which is open weekday mornings,on 487 1196 or visit www.dohaplayers.com.

ARABIC LANGUAGE
AND GULF CULTURE
Learn to read and write Arabic or to speak in the Qatari dialect. Separate lectures on Qatari traditions and culture. Qatar Centre for the Presentation of Islam is located in Medinat Khalifa South, close to Doha English Speaking School. There are separate sections for men and women, and classes are available for those who wish to study islam. 486 4966/7

ARTS AND CRAFTS
French artist Li Chevalier teaches oil painting at the French Cultural Centre every Sunday. For more information, call 483 5090 or 5868695 Ceramics Galore - Ellan Thompson sonducts group classes every day except Thursdays and Fridays, Birthday parties can also be arranged.
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BASEBALL
Qatar Little League is open to all English-speaking boys and girls interested in American baseball. It has more than 250 childeren from over 22 nationalities. Call Ed Dixon on 556 0975

BASKETBALL
One indoor court is available at Sheraton 7 days a week, 7 am - 10 pm, call 485 4600 Ramada's Cabana Club hosts 'Basketball Nights' on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 7pm - 9 pm. Call 4417417

BILLIARDS
AND SNOOKER
A number of snooker venues are available around town. Qatar Bowling Centre is open daily from 9am - noon and 2:30 pm - 11:30pm, with tuesday mornings reserved for ladies only QR 10 admission , call 444 3355

BOAT TRIPS
Evening dhow trips around Doha Bay starting from the jetty near Balhambar restaurant on the Cornich at QR10 for adults, QR 5 for childran Palm Tree Island offers group boat trips around the Corniche with snacks and drinks at QR40 per head. For more information, call Nahed on 4869151, 4865178 or 5509832 Hire the Doha Club boat or take a trip out to Safilya Island. Fishing trips are also available.
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CHESS
Qatar Chess Association- Call 494 428

CINE-CLUB
French films are shown every Monday at the French Cultural Centre (West Bay, begin Al Jazi Gardens). Call 493 0862 or fax 493 0864 for details.

CULINARY DELIGHTS
Cooling demonstrations are held at the THE Ritz-Carltron monthly, with chef conducting tutorials. Each interactive class includes samples,recipes and a multi-courrs lunch. Special cookery classes are also available for children aged 7 and above. For details. call 4848503.

DANCING
Latin, Ballet and Jazz classes for all ages at the international Centre for Music. Call 471354 or 555 7976 Line Dancing at the Doha Rugby Club on Mondays at 10am - 11:30am and Wednesday from 3pm - 4:30pm . Call Theresa Pearson on 4439149 for details. Classical Ballet (Russian) - Mordern Dance (Jazz) - Country Folk Dance - Call Isabelle Mojansky on 442 8351 or 521 6579.

DEBATING
Qatar Foundation is holding a series called the Doha Debates chaired by BBC's award-winning HARDtalk presenter Tim Sebastian. The debates are held once a month at Qatar Foundation's head quarters in Education City. Invitation is normally required. Call 492 7000.
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FLOWER ARRANGEMENT
Get tips for artistic floral arrangements from The Ritz-Carlton's florist team. call 484 8000

FRENCH LESSONS
The French Cultural Centre offers lessons for beginners and those who want to improve their language skills. Call 4930862

GARDENING
The Doha Garden Club meets on the second Sunday of each month. The club also holds an annual charity tour that visits exceptional private gardens in Doha. Annual membership fee is QR50. For further details, call Fran Koepnick on 479 3952.

GOLF
Doha Golf Club - 18-hole Championship course, 9-hole floodlit Academy course, . Non-members welcom. Call 483 2338.

GROUPS
AND ASSOCIATIONS
Al Khor Toast masters can be contacted via their website www.alkhortoastmasters.com
American Women's Association - For membership, call Najila Al-Husseini on 5563517
Canadians in Qatar - For details e-mail Sandra Ventin at sventinwecandoo.com
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HOCKEY
The multicultural expatriate Doha Hockey has two teams consisting of players from 16-18 years and above 21. They also initiate youngsters under 10 into the game. For further details, call Neville Gibbs-Jones on 469 0586, 587 3790 or Jenny on 469 0328.
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EQUESTRIAN EVENTS
Races are held at the Rayyan Racing and Equestrian Club. including marathon and endurance races from October to May. An annual equestrian event includes an international for purebred Arab horses, showjumping and racing. Also special events through the year. Call for details on 480 5901 or fax 4809929
HORSE-RIDING
Al Shaqab Riding Club offers members lessons in basic riding skills, showjumping and dressage. Indvidual and group lessons are available for children, with separate adulte classes for men and women. For further dettails, call 481 2061 or fax 480 0347.
The Racing and Equstrian Club offers training to new and experienced riders. Monthly fee.Lessons aree 45 minutes each, three time per week either Saturday, Monday and Wenesday or Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call Sami Jassim Al Boenain on 480 3098 or 585 8111.

ICE SKATING
AND ICE HOCKEY
Ice skating at Winter Wonderland in City Center- Doha is open to the public daily. Private lessons available at QR500 for 8 lessons and 8 practice sessions. ICe hockey classes are also available on an individual or group basis.
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