On 18 December, Qatar will commemorate 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.
As announced by the National Day Committee, the slogan this year is a poetic verse by QND Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani – ‘As long as it was proven by our deeds’.
The National Day Committee announced that the Qatar National Day parade will start at 2:45 pm tomorrow and will last for one hour and 17 minutes. Al Corniche Street will be closed from 10 am. There will be live telecasts on large screens at Al Bida Park and Al Rayyan Park. Below is the map from the Ministry of Interior that shows where to find parking spaces, ambulances, food carts and other facilities.
People celebrating QND 2018 in pictures. Click here
DARB AL SAAI
Organised by the National Day Committee, the ‘Darb Al Saai’ festival tent will once again house memorabilia to commemorate this historical event. The venue offers activities and entertainment to engage the entire family – from traditional villages to parlour games. Click here for more details.
Date: 12–20 December
Timings: 9 am to 1 pm, and 3:30 pm to 10 pm
Click here for location map
HAMAD MEDICAL CORPORATION
As part of Qatar National Day celebrations, staff from HMC’s Ambulance Service and Hamad Injury Prevention Program (HIPP) will be at Darb Al Saai until 20 December. HMC staff will educate the public about the key messages of its ‘Know the 5 to save a life’ national awareness campaign and raise awareness about the importance of road safety.
HBKU Qatar National Day Participation at Darb Al Saai
Various HBKU entities will be showcasing their work at the Qatar Foundation set up at Darb Al-Saai this year, as part of ongoing Qatar National Day celebrations.
The College of Science and Engineering, College of Health and Life Sciences, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Qatar Computing Research Institute, and HBKU Press will be taking part in the activities.
Representatives from the various entities will be present to attend to visitors.
The event will be conducted in English and Arabic.
Police College Attempts to Break the Guinness Book of World Records
The Police College will participate in the events of Darb Al-Saai in celebration of the Qatar National Day 2018, highlighting a number of new activities, in cooperation with the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. One of the main activities would be the attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records by creating a football model that symbolises the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Click here to read more
Qatar National Day Celebrations at Katara Cultural Village
Katara Cultural Village has lined up nine-day festivities to mark the Qatar National Day from 11 to 19 December from 4 pm to 11 pm.
A major highlight of the celebrations is an opera titled “Citizens and expats- we are one,” to be staged on December 17 and December 19. There will be two shows on both days at 7 pm and 9 pm.
There will be more than 45 events and activities over the nine days, including fireworks, opera, musical shows, parachuting, drone shows, cultural shows and other fun-filled activities.
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Associated Activities of Qatar National Day 2018
As part of Qatar National Day 2018 celebrations, the Organizing Committee of the Associated Activities of Qatar National Day-2018 Celebrations will host mega cultural, musical and sports events on 18 December 2018, at eight venues in collaboration with Asian communities, companies and schools. Click here for details.
- A week-long of celebrations at 4 pm on 13–18 December
- QND Flag Relay, Grand Finale at Aspire Zone, 13 December at 7 pm
- Aspire Academy’s Ardha, 16 December, 9 am–11 am
- Fireworks, Aspire Park, 17 December, 8:30 pm–8:45 pm
- Friendship Military Parade, Aspire Lake, 17-18 December, 4 pm–6 pm
Aspire QND Photography Competition
All interested competitors need to do is capture their best photographs of the Qatar National Day fireworks show that is scheduled to take place on the 17th of December at 8:30 pm at Aspire park and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #AspireQND. AZF has allocated valuable prizes for the first 10 winners and the winning photo will be posted on the official Instagram profile of @AspireZone.
Historical Flag Display Outside the National Museum of Qatar
Qatar Museums has installed a collection of historical flags outside of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) in celebration of the upcoming Qatar National Day. The brilliant display of flags pays homage to the rich cultural history of the country, whilst illustrating the evolution of the design.
The Zubarah Cultural Fair
Qatar Museums is getting ready to launch a series of engaging and educational cultural activities at Al Zubarah UNESCO World Heritage Site and the newly restored Al Ruwais police station. The Zubarah Cultural Fair will offer participants hands-on experience with traditional practices, while the “Window to the Past” exhibition at Ruwais is designed to inform visitors about traditional life in Qatar. From 15 December to March, 9 am to 5 pm. Entrance is free.
For the Love of Qatar Poetry Night at QNL
Celebrated Qatari poets will take part in a poetry night at Qatar National Library on 15 December, and recite verses in two common traditions, Faseeh and Nabaţi. The event will commence at 5:30 pm at the Library’s Special Events Area. To learn more, visit the QNL website.
QNL also hosts Qatar Through Private Collection exhibition which runs until 1 February 2019.
Qatar Cricket Association to Celebrate Qatar National Day with Asian Stars T20 Match
The Qatar Cricket Association and the Ministry of Interior have teamed up to mount a memorable celebration of the Qatar National Day at the Asian Town Cricket Stadium on 18 December at 2 pm. QCA, with the support of the Qatar Olympic Committee, will host a Twenty20 cricket match between Asian stars and Qatar national team players.
MG Cars QND Promotions
Celebrating Qatar National Day, Auto Class Cars, the authorised distributor of MG in Qatar, has launched a special offer on MG vehicles available now at Auto Class Cars showroom on Salwa Road. The offer allows customers to buy MG ZS for QAR 899, MG RX5 for QAR 1,066, MG GS for QAR 1,235 and MG 6 for QAR 1,099. To learn more about the special offer, click here.
DHL Qatar National Day Special Offer
- 50% discount to all the destination.
- Offer valid only for WPX starting 2 kg
Visit dhl.com.qa for more information.
Important Note: Rates subject to change. Please check with the hotel before you confirm your reservation.
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