One of Qatar Quicks top tips while visiting Qatar, is to buy a copy of The Entertainer
Qatar Quick do not earn commission, or make any money from persuading you to buy a copy of the Entertainer. we are simply recommending it because it makes sense.
What is it?
It’s a book or an App containing 2 for 1 vouchers on lots of things you like to do. Their website states; “Whether you want to dine out for a special occasion, relax in a Moroccan bath or spend time with your family, there is something for everyone in Qatar 2018!”. The vouchers are valid for the calendar year they are purchased in.
How much does it cost?
Full list price is QR 375, but a lot of the time there are offers bringing that down by around QR 100 to QR 275.
Why Should I buy one?
If you traveling alone, then there is absolutely no point in buying a copy of the Entertainer. But if there are two or more of you, you will be able to make the purchase price of the Entertainer back in as little as one transaction. A good Brunch in a top hotel will cost anywhere between QR 200 and QR 350. Use a 2 for 1 voucher and the book/App is paid for.
Once you have recovered the purchase price, you are saving money every time you use a voucher. Even if you are only in Qatar for just a week you should easily get your money back and make some great savings.
Using vouchers on fast food and hotel buffets is going to give you the best return. Along with beach/leisure passes. We have found that à la carte 2 for 1 doesn’t normally represent a big saving. If you are in a restaurant you will normally use a ‘Buy 1 Get One Free Main Course’. The saving of one main menu item when the bill comes for starter, main, dessert and drinks only makes a small difference. But hey it’s worth having.
Where can I buy a copy?
You can buy online here, or a copy can be purchased in most large supermarkets and book stores.
Last Thursday Vic and I popped along to Mirqab Mall to tryout the newly opened Flik Cinema. For us the opening of Flik is really good news as it’s very close to where we live and has loads of free basement parking. We went to watch ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ and paid just QR 35 each for their Gold seats (bigger seats that recline and have premium views of the screen). If we had gone for standard seats it would have been less at QR 30 each.
Snacks & Drinks
Popcorn was reasonably priced. We had a large caramel for QR 24 and it was large indeed. I actually had some left over at the end of the movie.
I ordered a large Pepsi but it was too small. Made the mistake of asking for large think I would get large, but large is small and XL is large if you get what I mean. If you only have two sizes then surely one of them is small and the other is large. Grrrr….
Vic wanted a bottle of water. But she ended up with a small Pepsi as well. Because Flik are being clever and are only selling expensive water. This makes me so angry. I refuse to pay QR 12 for a small bottle of water. Next time we will pop into Carrefour in Miqab and buy a small bottle of water for QR 1.5 before going to the cinema.
Jumanji a reboot of a classic that is better than the original
Loved the move. The new Jumanji was not what I was expecting at all. It was really, really good. Laugh out loud funny all the way through. And it wasn’t just Vic and I laughing, the theater was about 30% full and the majority were laughing with us.
It was easy for us to get to Flik in Mirqab Mall. It was easy to park in Mirqab Mall and indeed free. We watched a great movie at a really good price and had a thoroughly good evening. We recommend the cinema, the mall and the movie.
Would we go back?
We will be returning to watch something else there very, very soon.
For the first 2 years I was in Qatar 2009/2010 I purchased and aggressively used annual copies of The Entertainer for great dining out/buffets, beach/pool passes, fast food restaurants and so much more. Then for some reason I stopped buying it. But the 2018 App version has finally tempted me back to invest in it once again.
For those of you who don’t know; The Entertainer is a book/App of ‘Buy One – Get One Free’ offers. There is a new book every year, and the offers in the book are only valid for that calendar year. And even if you are only here in Qatar for a few weeks, you can quickly get your investment of QR 375 back from your initial purchase of the book/App.
A lot of mens bathrooms here in Doha have urinals made by a company called TOTO. And when I go to reduce the size of my balder and stand in front of sanitary wear with the TOTO logo on it, I just cant help myself, I always have to start singing the opening tune of Africa by Toto while stood there. Sometimes those stood next to me join in, and sometimes I get questioning stares. But if you are in the bathroom in a bar in Doha and you hear Da Da Dat Daaa Da Dat Da Daaaaa, you will know you are in the presence of my good self having had a few bevies.
Over the Christmas period this tune will be heard a lot in Doha 😉