Doha's Brilliant Bowling Alleys - It's Just How We Roll
Bowling is a great leisure time all-rounder, an indoor sport that can be played anytime, day or night, at any time of year, by anyone - its suitable for all ages, young and old - and, though it is a competitive game and requires an amount of skill, it is an easy sport to learn. Not only is bowling a super versatile game, but it's also an exceedingly social affair. It's a fun, laid-back, straightforward sport that leaves time between knocking down pins to kick back and chat with family and friends or get to know colleagues, and it makes a perfect date night activity. You can choose balls suited to you or bring your own, use lane bumpers or ball ramps to keep your ball on the track and improve your game (handy for kids), and you get to wear funky bowling shoes - what's not to love?
So, why not make bowling one of your top recreational hangouts; check out Doha's numerous bowling alleys.
Doha’s Brilliant Bowling Alleys
Doha has plenty of options for bowling, specific clubs and centres, bowling alleys in entertainment centres, and bowling alleys in malls, cinema complexes and student centres - the choice is yours:
Qatar Bowling Centre
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Qatar Bowling Centre is the city's largest bowling destination, with 32 lanes. As the home of the Qatar National Bowling Team, you are guaranteed a genially competitive atmosphere in the lanes, day or night. The centre is bright, clean and functional and includes a pro shop (where you can buy high-performance balls, superb shoes, bowling bags and a heap of other accessories to help raise your game. Besides bowling, the centre also offers areas for playing billiards, darts and table tennis, as well as a restaurant serving a host of Arabic and Asian-style foods, sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups.
Location: مركز قطر للبولينج
Al Qurtubi Street, Al Bidda, Doha
Nearest Metro: Al Bidda Metro Station on the Red Line
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 2 pm - 12 am; Thursday, 2 pm - 1 am;
Friday, 6 pm - 1 am; Saturday, 12 pm - 12 am
Costs: QAR 12 pp/per game (QAR 8 pp, Sunday to Thursday, 2 pm - 4 pm)
QAR 3 socks
Contact: +974 4435 3045 / 3336 2722
Rendezvous Bowling Alley
Rendezvous Bowling Alley is a laid-back, pool hall-style venue with a six-lane bowling alley, billiards tables, table footie, card game areas, gaming rooms, table tennis and air hockey tables. There are even VIP games rooms for private parties. The games centre, open all day, every day, also offers a ladies-only day every Saturday, where women can enjoy all the diversions with no distractions; even the staff are female. A cafe on-site offers decent pizzas, pasta dishes, burgers, sandwiches and salads to keep guests' energy levels up between games.
Location: Rendezvous Bowling Alley
Al Hazimi Street, Freeej Kulaib, Doha
Nearest Metro: N/A
Hours: Sunday to Monday, 24 hours (Ladies’ Day, Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm)
Costs: QAR 20 pp/per game
Contact: +974 3152 5555
Located at The Pearl in the beautiful European-style street and promenades of Medina Centrale, Megapolis is the island's premier entertainment centre. The six-lane bowling alley is located in the heart of the centre, a bright, airy, playful and funkily decorated venue. Aside from the bowling, guests can also amuse themselves by playing darts, billiards and table tennis, or in one of several Escape rooms, the VR games room, on the racing simulators or in the arcades, or, if in the singing mood, in one of the karaoke rooms. VIP rooms are also available for a more intimate atmosphere. A cafe on site sells a variety of snack food and meals.
Location: Megapolis Entertainment Center
Building 12, Andalucia Way, Medina Centrale, The Pearl
Nearest Metro: Legtaifiya Metro Station on the Red Line - take the free Metrolink shuttle bus from the Metro station to reach Medina Centrale
Hours: 24 hours daily
Costs: Sunday - Thursday, QAR 25 pp/per game;
Friday and Saturday, QAR 40 pp/per game
Contact: +974 4437 8444
300 Bowling Centre
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There are two 300 Bowling Centres in Doha, one at B-Square Mall in Al Thumama and one at J Mall in Al Markhiya. The venue at B-Square Mall offers slightly more extensive bowling facilities with 16 lanes, compared to J Mall's six lanes. However, both venues provide additional games, including billiards, table football, table tennis and PS gaming. Both centres are funky-styled venues with graffiti art on the walls and glow-in-the-dark features. Huge customizable scoreboard screens are provided for the bowling, and customizable bowling balls are available in the shop. Each centre also offers a dining area for fast food snacks and meals. Alternatively, the surrounding mall spaces are chock full of restaurants and cafes.
Location: B-Square Mall: 300 Bowling Center
F Ring Road, Al Thumama, Doha
J Mall: J-Mall
Jaww Al Ain Street, Al Markhiya, Doha
Nearest Metro: N/A
Hours: B-Square Mall: Sunday to Monday, 10 am - 2:30 am
J Mall: Sunday to Monday, 10 am - 3 am
Costs: B-Square Mall: QAR 15 pp/per game / QAR 3 shoes /
QAR 3 socks
J Mall: QAR 25 pp/per game / QAR 3 shoes /
QAR 2 socks
QAR 180 per hour, max. 12 persons
Contact: B-Square Mall: +974 3363 3838
J Mall: +974 6007 0300
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Gondolania is a large amusement park inside Villaggio Mall. The 12-lane bowling alley is one of Qatar's oldest bowling alleys, though it has had numerous facelifts over the years to maintain its state-of-the-art reputation. The bowling alley is surrounded by other entertainment activities such as amusement rides, arcade games, a Moon Golf experience, a go-karting course, VR games rooms, Laser Tag, paintballing and a 7D cinema. The park also hosts a variety of snack stalls and a cafe, though, for extra choice, the mall has a plethora of eateries a minute's walk from the entertainment venue.
Gondolania, Villaggio Mall, Al Waab, Doha
Nearest Metro: Sports City on the Gold Line
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 10 am - 11 pm;
Thursday and Saturday, 10 am - 12 am;
Friday, 1 pm - 12 am
Costs: QAR 25 pp/per game (double sessions QAR 25 per two persons)
QAR 10 socks
Contact: +974 4403 9800
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The Yalla Bowling is nestled in the Vox Cinema area on the first floor of the beautiful Doha Oasis, a high-end multi-use complex with a seven-star luxury hotel, exclusive retail space, luxury residential suites, cutting edge VIP cinemas and a state-of-the-art, fully climatized indoor theme park…and, of course, the bowling alley. Like the rest of the Oasis, the bowling venue is chic and stylishly and sumptuously furnished with gold mirrored wall tiles, feature walls and luxury leather seating. The four-lane alley is augmented by billiards tables and a VIP restaurant serving high-end cuisine at relatively reasonable prices. Aside from the bowling alley, Doha Oasis offers a myriad of other entertainment activities, including padel courts, the cinema and the theme park with an array of rides and amusements, arcade games, VR games and a climbing wall.
Location: Doha Oasis
Vox Cinema, 1st Floor, Doha Oasis, Al Khaleej Street, Msheireb, Doha
Nearest Metro: Msheireb Metro Station on the Red/Gold/Green Lines
Hours: Sunday to Monday, 10 am - 11 pm
Costs: QAR 45 pp/per game (buy two games, get one free)
QAR 5 socks
Contact: +974 4410 6111
QF Student Centre Bowling
The bowling alley at the QF Student Centre is a simple but popular venue for students at Education City, but it is also open to the general public. The centre offers eight lanes of bowling, as well as some additional arcade games. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants inside the student centre, including Graze, Papa John's, Chickito, Zaatar w Zeit and Flat White Speciality Coffee. And the venue opens onto Oxygen Park, an awesome green venue perfect for walking, relaxing and playing sports.
Location: Bowling Center in QF Student Center
Student Centre (Multaqa), Education City, Ar Rayyan
Nearest Metro: Education City Metro Station on the Green Line
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 4 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 am - 9:30 pm
Costs: QAR 15 pp/per game / QAR 5 pp/per game for students
Contact: +974 4454 0283
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