1. Get Active
Take advantage of the open spaces, apply some sunblock and then go for a leisurely walk around the Island; in particular, enjoy the views and calmness of Porto Arabia’s marina. If it is more of a gentle exercise you are looking for and more importantly something indoors, the yoga is a great supplement to any workout plan to help with toning, flexibility and core strength. It's a great way to relax, breathe, meditate and prepare for what’s ahead. Strongbox offers yoga in their Peal branch, in Medina Centrale every Wednesday and Saturday at 10am.
2. Learn Arabic
How many times have you told yourself you are going to learn some conversational Arabic? It is a thought which most expats’ have always somewhere at the back of their minds, but somehow you are probably still stuck on “Shukran” and “Yalla”. At a time when the whole country seems to have slowed down and is recognizing the “Arabic heritage of Qatar, there is no better time than now to do it. So invest in a home tutor or for something more economical pick up some audio books to get you started from the comfort of your apartment.
3. Visit a Gallery
Find some culture by visiting Anima Gallery at 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia. Work at Anima Gallery focuses on three main areas: exhibitions, art education and art consulting and execution, and the gallery represents emerging, mid-career and established artists working in a broad range of styles and mediums. With five exhibitions per year, Anima Gallery focuses on contemporary art from the local, regional, and international arena and with these high quality exhibitions and trendy art lounge, Anima Gallery has quickly become an important part of Qatar’s cultural art scene. Opening Hours: Sun – Thu, 10am – 7pm
4. Appreciate film
If as trip to the cinema is one of your favourite past times, then take advantage of the quiet time and head to Novo Cinema in Medina Centrale, where you may even have the whole theatre to yourself! During Ramadan the release schedule of films can be a bit hit-and-miss but make the most of the IMAX experience and choose a film that is in 3D to make it a worthwhile daytime experience. The standalone movie theater complex has 12 screens and possibly consider treating yourself and the family to the 7-star VIP arena.
5. Join a Club
It turns out when you are not eating all day and out all night you are much more interesting than you thought. This is the best possible month to make new friends and expand your range of interests. Why not indulge your hobby and meet like-minded people? Whether it’s sailing, gaming or quilting, you’ll certainly find a club to suit your interests. One particular club is The Pearl-Qatar’s Lady Network, where they arrange meetups weekly and share thoughts, ideas and concerns regarding The Pearl-Qatar.
For many Muslims, during Ramadan, this extra daytime hours are spent at the mosques and in continuous prayer. This certainly can be considered as a time well spent in reflection, reverence and gratitude.