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Qatar National Day 2016 Guide

On the 18th of December, Qatar will commemorate its 138th year since its unification in 1878. Qatar National Day is celebrated every year with various traditional activities and costume displays, military parade, fireworks, and Qatari flag displays all over the country. Organised by the National Day Committee, ‘Darb Al Saai’ festival tent will once again house all the memorabilia to commemorate the historical event.

UPDATE: Qatar has decided to cancel Qatar National Day celebration in solidarity with the people of Aleppo. (Details on Peninsula Qatar)

Check respective organiser for each event to know more.

Click on each tab to find all things happening on Qatar National Day 2016.

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Official Celebrations

18 December
Location: Al Corniche

  • National Day Parade from 7 am – 8 am

Follow Qatar National Day social media updates:

Note: Al Corniche Street will be closed in the morning from sunrise to 9 am and at night for people’s parade and fireworks


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Darb Al Saai

8–20 December
Location: Darb Al Saai
Timings: 8 am–noon and 3 pm –10 pm



  • Al Maqtar
    Traditional tents that demonstrates local traditions, life in the desert and family values
  • Al Bidaa
    A traditional mini marine environment that presents the old neighbourhood next to the beach.
  • Al Shaqab Horse Dressage
    Showcase of elegant Arabian horses and horseback-riding by jocks in traditional suits
  • National Service
    Activities and games related to military services
  • The Rail
    A small train that tours around the whole Darb Al Saai area
  • Al Fereej
    Arabic word for neighbourhood, Fereej showcases way of life of local community and families
  • Al Doha
  • Qatar Foundation
    A tent that exhibits educational and entertainment activities offered by the institution


  • MoI Qatar
    A special tent where you can find different services and equipment the local Ministry has, with interactive activities for kids
  • Civil Defence
    Fire drill and first aid interactive learning and more
  • Newspapers
    A walk down to historical events that happened in Qatar
  • Al Ezba
    A house for camels from grooming to taking care and riding.
  • Ministry of Health
    Learn about Qatar’s initiatives related to taking care of health and sickness prevention.
  • Al Nasa Shooting
    Practice target shooting using bow and arrow, shotgun and rifle.
  • Al Liwan
    Arabic word for long hall to welcome guests
  • Souq Waqif
    Free standing market selling products of Qatari local projects and aims to familiarise the community with local products.
  • MMUP
    A tent for the Ministry of Municipal and Urban Planning
  • Elmeez
    Provides a network of restaurants and stalls to allow visitors to taste different foods and popular cuisine.
  • Almaseer
  • Flag Raising


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15–18 December
Location: Al Corniche Street

  • Fireworks every night

Almaseela Horse Show

14–16 December
Location: Racing & Equestrian Club

MoI Qatar Organises Sports Championship

MoI QNSD 2015

The Qatar National Day 2016 Celebrations Associated Activities Organizing Committee, in association with Ministry of Interior Qatar (MoI Qatar)  will be organising  ‘Sports Championship’ as part of Qatar National Day Celebrations at Al Wakra Sports Club, Doha Industrial Area and Rayyan Sports Club for the communities, schools  and companies teams in Qatar from 8:30 am to 5 pm on Sunday, 18 December 2016.

Click here to join the competition

QND2016 at Al Wakra Sports Club

Date: 18 December
Time: 8 am—10 pm
Where: Indoor Hall

Parade, cultural performances by school students, Bangladeshi community and orchestra teams.

Time:4 pm—9 pm
Where: Stadium

Pakistani musical concert led by Othman Bangash, Shahid Ali Khan, Nadiya Gul

QND2016 at Asian Town

Date: 17 December
Time: 4 pm—10 pm
Where: Stage outside cricket stadium

Indian musical concert led by Ravindra Upadhyay, Pratiksha Kulshresta, Deepak Singh Mahan, Shiv Bahadur and team.

Date: 18 December
Time: 8 am—10 pm
Where: Stage outside cricket stadium

Parade, cultural performances by school students, Indian & Sri Lankan communities and orchestra teams.

Date: 18 December
Time: 8 am—10 pm
Where: Cricket stadium

International cricket tournament with participation of 16 players from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh including Yusuf Pathan, Salman Butt, Muhammad Ashraful and Chaminda Vass.

QND2016 at Rayyan Sports Club

Date: 18 December
Time: 8 am—10 pm
Where: Football Indoor Hall 

Parade, cultural performances by school students, FIlipino & Indonesian communities and orchestra teams.

QND2016 at Barwa Workers Complex, Al Khor

Date: 17 December
Time: 4 pm—10 pm
Where: Open stage inside the complex

Indian musical concert ‘Rafi Night’ led by Muhammed Aslam and team. Indian and Filipino shows.

Date: 18 December
Time: 8 am—10 pm
Where: Open stage inside the complex

Parade, cultural performances by school students, Nepalese & Al Khor communities, orchestra and corporate teams.

QND2016 at The Pearl-Qatar

Date: 18 December
Time: 11 am – 11 pm


In celebration of Qatar National Day, The Pearl-Qatar will host several activities in different locations of the Island.

For more information, visit The Pearl-Qatar

QND2016 at Katara


In the spirit of sharing the national jubilant celebrations of Qatar, showing pride and loyalty to homeland and boosting national bonds; The Cultural Village Foundation – Katara has announced its upcoming festive activities during the National Day 2016, describing it as dazzling and unprecedented.

A line-up of 45 exclusive programme of stunning innovative events, aimed at embracing national identity, will be awaiting the public at the Cultural District on the National Day, including releasing a musical CD titled “Creativity Stays”, comprising a selection of songs by an elite of singers and artists who left a great and lasting impact on the Qatari songs and got wide recognition by making waves beyond Qatari borders. Katara disclosed its reviving their songs in the new CD and songs will be performed by young Qatari singers. A unique and sense-delighting water fountain also to be unveiled at Katara on the National Day celebrations. In addition to that, the Cultural Village Foundation’s fully-fledged celebratory programs will feature military and student’s parades, performances of Al-Ardha national Qatari dance, workshops and fine art exhibitions, and cultural and recreational shows.

For more information, visit

National Day Treasure Hunt by Qatar Museums (Postponed)

Date: Postponed. Check out MIA website for more information
Time: Starts at noon
Venue: Museum of Islamic Art and Al Riwaq


King’s College Doha QND Celebration

Katara QND Celebrations 2 2015

Aiming to make the biggest flag and cake, King’s College Doha pupils, parents and teachers will celebrate Qatar National Day on 15th of December. Students will wear either National Dress or the colours of the Qatar flag. Parents will present Qatari  food for the children to sample during the course of the morning.

Qatar Airways QND Deals


For more information, visit

Handog ng Kulinarya sa Qatar 2016: Thanksgiving to Qatar


Venue: The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

Date & Time: 16, 17, 18 December from 10 am to 10 pm


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QND Late Sunday Brunch in Banana Island

Azraq Restaurant Buffet Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Azraq will be having a special Qatar National Day late brunch, offering a great selection of Qatari dishes created by Executive Chef Andreas Haugg  and his culinary team.

The special late brunch is offering rich seafood display, mouthwatering dishes and live cooking stations, in addition to delicious cakes, cookies, macaroons and pastries decorated with colours of the Qatari flag. Fun activities all day for young guests.

For booking or for more information, call 4040 5031/4040 5032 or email

QND Celebrations at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

Seasonal Tastes Westin
STAYCATION: Join in with The Westin’s first Qatar National Day celebrations and delight in a family retreat at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. Book your stay in the room of your choice and enjoy 50% off the room rate for your second room. Details here.

EAT WELL: Make the most of the Public holidays and head to Seasonal Tastes for a special brunch in with local dishes, live cooking stations and delights for all.
Price: QAR199 per person (inclusive of soft drinks). QAR299 per person (inclusive of selected grapes, grains & cocktails)

INDULGE: Celebrate National Day with delicious local desserts, Arabic Coffee and specially designed cakes! Sweet treats available from just QAR25 onwards.

For more information and reservations, write to or call 4492 1555.


Qatar National Day 2016 at Fraser Suites Doha

Fraser Suites

Qatar National Day 2016
Barbecue package with majlis setup in Pool Terrace.

When: 18 December, doors open from 5:30 pm onwards
Price: QAR99 per person, kids below 9 years dine free

For inquiries and reservations, call 4424 3443 or email

InterContinental Doha The City


Get 30% off the best available rate when you book your stay from 16—18 December in celebration of Qatar National Day! Celebrate the occasion in the heart of the city.

For reservations, call call 4015 8888.


QND at Sealine Beach Resort


Celebrate QND at Sealine Beach Resort with proper traditional activities including Ardha (sword dance), henna, camel and horse parade, Arabic buffet and more!

Click here to download the details and programme

Entrance only:  QAR 200 per adult and QAR 100 per child (6 to 12 years old)
Entrance with Brunch:  QAR 250 per adult and QAR 125 per child (6 to 12 years old)

For more information, call 4476 5299 or visit


Celebrate Qatar National Day at the Marriott Marquis Doha!


  • Special QND package overnight stay
  • 45% off on all food and beverage
  • QND 2016 home catering services by Marriott Marquis Doha team

Click here for details.

For reservations and enquiries, call 4419 5000.


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QND Celebration with Chevy Qatar


Come & Celebrate Qatar National Day 2016 with Chevrolet Qatar.

Offer is valid only from 8 to 18 December 2016. Visit the nearest Jaidah Automotive showroom or call 800 0100 for more details. Terms and conditions apply.

Q-Auto National Day Celebration


For 3 Days Only, 15–17 December 2016, Q-Auto offers exclusive deals on all pre-owned Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.

Call 4445 2365 for more information. Terms and conditions apply.


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