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[UPDATED] All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2013

[UPDATED] All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2013
Cassey Oliveira

As the country gears up for the Qatar National Day on the December 18, here’s a list of things to look out for.

The National Parade

Yes, December 18 is a holiday. But if watching the military march along the corniche is your morning energiser, drive up the corniche to catch the action. About 14,000 seats have been placed at designated locations along the corniche.
Date: December 18
Time: 8am-8.50am

Enjoy the fireworks

This year the fireworks begin early. There will be a two-minute firework at the Darb al Saai everyday.
Date: Until December 18
Time: 7.30pm
The timings for the fireworks at the Corniche on the 18th haven’t been announced yet.

One Love Campaign

The theme for this year is ‘One Love’ as an effort to strengthen the bond between expatriates and nationals. In line with this theme, several cultural and entertainment programmes have been planned for the 18th at four locations: Westend Park – Industrial Area, Al-Wakrah Stadium, Al-Rayyan Stadium and Al-Khor Stadium.

Activities at Al Rayyan stadium include:

  • Performances by Filipino band Whoodesska
  • Dance by DIMP Crew
  • solo performance by Edgar Gian Bernardino and Nikki Vicencio
  • Traditional Indonesian music and dance
  • folk dance by Extreme Level Dance Crew
  • Traditional Malaysian dance by artists from Dukhan.
  • thematic show ‘Wonderful country in the desert’ by the Indonesian and Malayasian communities.
  • a magic show ‘The Amazing Juggler’
  • Bollywood dance by Desi Rockers
  • 100m and 200m races at Al Rayyan

Activities at Al Wakra Stadium include:

  • Singing competition between students from Pakistan Education Centre, the Bangladesh MHM School, Bhavan’s Public School and the DPS-MIS.
  • A variety of cultural performances such as solo table, Khattak dance, folk dance and comedy show by the Pakistani community.
  • Group dance, folk song and dance, fashion show and skit by students and members of the Bangladeshi community.
  • Harley-Davidson motorbike show
  • Volleyball and football matches.
  • Free blood and sugar check-ups as well as free first-aid training by Qatar Red Crescent.

Meanwhile, the Al Khor community will have performances by the Nepalese community and Al Khor community as well as students from Birla Public School, Ideal Indian School and Shantiniketan Indian school. There will also be a friendly football match.

At the Qatar National Cricket Stadium in the West End Park, a four-nation T20 cricket tournament will be held. Members from the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan communities will take part in the daylong tournament. Matches will start at 8am. The winning team will receive QR7,000, while the runner-up gets QR4,000. The other two participating teams will get QR2,000 each.

More details can be found out on the Ministry of Interior Facebook page.

Qatar Orchestra Music Show

A live orchestra will be performed at the Corniche, with music inspired by the country’s heritage.
Date: December 18
Time: 9.30pm-10.15pm

Classic Cars

Catch a glimpse of old, classic beauties on wheels, which will be on display along the corniche.
Date: December 16-18
Time: 8am-12pm and 4pm-10pm

Darb Al Saai (DAS) too is organising a classic cars parade along with camels and horse everyday. In addition there will be an exhibition of old cars that were used for hunting in the past in the Al Maqtar Zone.
Date: Until December 18
Time: 8am-12pm and 3.30pm-10pm

Explore the country’s past

From handicrafts to hunting, cooking and animal rearing, games and music, learn about the country’s rich heritage and traditions from folks at the DAS site.
Date: Until December 18
Time: 8am-12pm and 3.30pm-10pm

Qatar behind the lens

Katara is inviting residents in Qatar to submit one photograph that captures their life in the country. “Our Qatar” is a Community Photography Installation project coordinated by the Katara Art Studios. A photograph will be deemed suitable for display as long as it has it portrays your life, your friends and family life and experiences in Qatar. Katara Art Studios will continue accepting photographs until the closing of the exhibition on January 18.
Location: Katara Art Studios, Building 19
Date: December 12, 2013 – January 18, 2014
Time: 10am-10pm

The Gate Mall is hosting ‘Qatar My Country’ a photography exhibition revealing an expansive and previously unseen collection of photographs of Qatar. The majority of the photographs were taken personally by the late Abdul Salam Mohammed Abu Issa – who opened Qatar’s first photography studio in the early 1950s, and covers the country’s development over five decades from the 1950s to the 1990s. Read the full article here.
Venue: The Gate Mall, Ground Floor
Date: December 16, 2013 to January 12, 2014
Time: 10am-10pm

Sample Qatari cuisine

Most of the hotels across the country will be including traditional Qatari food and dishes in their main course menus on December 18.
Also, Tasmeem Flowers & Chocolates are making customised Qatar National Day chocolates, cakes and candies to sweeten up the day.

Say hello to the largest flag in the world

Brace yourself, as Qatar unveils the largest flag in the world. Measuring 509 metres in length, 200 metres in width and has a total size of 1,018 square metres, the Qatar National Flag has been presented by the State of Qatar to Guinness Book of Records as the ‘largest flag in the world’.
Date: December 16
Location: Katara Amphitheatre
Time: 10am-10pm

Don’t violate traffic rules

For a safer Qatar National Day, the Traffic Department has issued certain guidelines for residents to follow on the road:

  • Don’t change the look of your car by pasting pictures or posters and flags all over.
  • The windshields and rear window of the car should be free of any decorations such as flags that may obstruct the view of the driver.
  • Don’t climb on to the roof and bonnet or get out through the car’s windows and sunroof in a moving car.
  • Don’t block traffic or park in no-parking zones.
  • Your license plate should be visible at all times.
Unleash your inner artist

As part of the QND celebrations, Qatar Museums Authority is giving all artists in Qatar, both professionals and amateurs, a chance to present their piece of art as a gift to the museum. To participate in the event, RSVP to dhammam@qma.org.qa or call 55287002 no later than December 15. Click here for more details.
Date: December 17
Time: 8.30am-1pm
Participants should bring their own drawing materials.

[Updated]
Experience Qatari hospitality at The Pearl-Qatar

Special tents have been set up at The Pearl-Qatar where visitors will be welcomed with hot coffee and locally produced dates. There will also be the traditional Al Ardha dance (sword dance) and a falcon display. For children there will be a play zone area, face painting, meet and greet cartoon characters and an entertaining Dora show. Don’t miss the fireworks and water screen projections that will wrap up the evenings.
Date: December 16-18
Time: 5.30pm onwards

Participate in #MyQatar initiative

The #MyQatar campaign was launched in October this year where residents were asked to give suggestions to help develop Qatar’s tourism brand identity. QTA has now launched the second phase of the campaign, once again inviting residents to share one simple idea: “What would you like to tell visitors about Qatar?”.
The slogans of the 600 earlier participants will also be displayed on a large billboard along the Corniche for Qatar National Day.
Venue: Corniche’s Orry Jetty, next to Al Mourjan Restaurant
Date: December 15-18

Watch ‘Made in Qatar’ movies

If you missed the Ajyal Film Festival 2103, the Doha Film Institute is offering residents yet another chance to watch film screenings.
A selection of the ‘Made In Qatar’ films will be showcased at the DFI stand in the Darb Al Saai venue.
Venue: Tent 7 at Darb Al Saai
Date: Until December 18
Time: 8am-12pm and 3pm-9pm

A special screening of the new animation film ‘Abtal w Mahama’ (Heroes and a Mission) will also be held at Katara Drama theatre on December 18. The film is a National Day Committee project and executed by Al Rayyan Productions.
Screening time: 3pm, 5pm and 8pm.

Accessibility tips

For people with disabilities, Hukoomi portal has come up with some handy tips on how to enjoy a hassle-free Qatar National Day, and also provided a map that highlights certain areas along the Corniche that are accessible by wheelchiars. Click here for more details.

Shoot & Win

JustHere is organising a photography competition in association with Grand Hyatt, Doha. Capture a uniquely Qatar moment and share it with us. Winner gets a complimentary ‘Overnight stay for 2 with breakfast’ at the Grand Hyatt Doha.
To know more on how you can participate, click here.

For more details on the Qatar National Day events, visit the QND website.

[Photo courtesy: QTA Facebook Page]

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Comments

  1. Abdulaziz Al Maslamani

    This is a great first step in an attempt to connect Nationals and expatriates. Speaking as a Qatari i think expatriates must removing any stereotypical misconceptions. An expatriates must take the opportunity to meet people from other cultures, because a culture shock is good experience to remember. In general my advice is to take small steps in learning the new culture to avoid breaking cultural norms or traditions.

  2. Abdulaziz Al Maslamani

    This is a great first step in an attempt to connect Nationals and expatriates. Speaking as a Qatari i think expatriates must removing any stereotypical misconceptions. An expatriates must take the opportunity to meet people from other cultures, because a culture shock is good experience to remember. My advice is to take small steps in learning the new culture to avoid breaking cultural norms or traditions.

    • Tim

      As an expat I agree with Mr Maslamani. We tend to stick in our cultural ‘bubbles’ and should explore the richness of our host country. It is however difficult to meet Qatari people and to build relationships when there are not many places we both frequent! I am more than happy to take any Qatari that wants to develop friendships with a Brit for a coffee.

  3. Dear all,

    Its a time to show our humanity…
    We have to respect this national day…
    we have got paid leave, so let us join and respect this

    and Making this event perfect “in all-ways” and “All Ways”

    Come and Join; we will prove ‘WE ARE ONE & WE RESPECT ALL’

  4. faizel

    thanks to allah for making Qatar a remarkable destination. when arrived on 12th this month I found something different to what heard earlier faizel

  5. Assalamu Aleykum WarahmatuLLAHI Wabaraakaatuhu…Its really a great day for Qatar and we as Expats, living and working in Qatar, in general. I do Congratulate you Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, for this great occasion of our great Nation, Qatar. We do expect a lot from you in your speeches and press releases. We are proud of you Sheikh and we do pray for for Qatar, for its more success in future. Wassalamu Aleykum.

  6. Mirzoshoh

    İ respect the Qatar national day!

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