The open theater and adjacent areas in West End Park of Industrial Area is getting ready to entertain thousands of families and single workers on Qatar National Day as part of associated programs for National Day Celebrations 2013. The West End Park open theater and cricket stadium will become a venue of festive celebration, entertainment and fun on 18 December 2013.

A work group meeting was held to assess the arrangements for the programs at West End Park in the presence of the director of Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior  Col Abdullah Khalifa Al-Muftah and Mana Ibrahim Al –Mana, officials from Committee of Associated Programs for Qatar National Day Celebration 2013.

Col. Al-Muftah explained the programs details and arrangements for the attendees. The meeting evaluated venue arrangements, program schedules, parking facilities and mechanisms of controlling the entry and exit of the public.

In the West End Park located close to headquarters of Karwa, Indian and Sri Lankan communities and schools such MES Indian School, Sri Lankan School, Pak Shama school and Noble International Schools will be participating with different items on the day. The programs will start with National Anthem at 8 am in the morning by school students and will be followed by the parade of students from each four participating school. The schools will feature Qatari tradition in the 7-minute parade.

A general song competition and a thematic song competition will be held between the schools before the communities start performing different cultural and entertainment shows on the stage.

Indian community teams will be showcasing Melam by Doha KSCA, Maharasthra folk Dance by Maharashtra Mandal, Tamil folk dance by Varadrajan and team and songs in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil.  Sri Lankan team will perform  Sinhala, Tamil, English and Baila songs and stage dances of Kandyan, Heritage and Malay styles led by Denu.

Starts with performance of Indian community teams that consist of Bengali Folk dance by bangiya parishat, Dasara Festival performed by Karnataka sangha and Duff muttu – Kerala traditional performance – by Jalil and team along with some songs. It will be followed by songs by Sri Lankan Orchestra team in Sinhala, English and Baila.

The participating schools will compete in general dance followed by a thematic show on Qatar where each school will display a skit of 10 minutes featuring Qatar.

Sub-stage programs

The programs at sub-stage will start at 6  pm where there will be songs in different languages as well as shows such as Maharashtra lejime led by Nayanawagh and team, Oppana- Kerala Traditional performance,  Gujarati Garba – Gujarat Samaj, Sri Lankan Stage Dances of Heritage Style and songs by community singers. Apart from songs in different languages such as Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Sinhala, Telugu and English, there will be south Indian fusion dance by Indian Culture Centre and Odissi Group Dance by Utkalika.

At the venue,  there will be folkloric performances, traditional shows, acrobatics shows and musical performances as well.  Harley-Davidson motor bike show, driving simulator, seat belt convincer and traffic competition for the general public with gift fir winners  will also be part of the programs conducted.

Musical Show

West End park open theater which can accommodate more than 14,000 persons, will host a Nepali musical show on December 17 (4 pm  – 10 pm), Indian and Pakistani musical show on December 18 (8 pm – 11.00 pm at Open Theatre) and Philippines musical show on December 19 (4 pm  – 10.00 pm).  The entry to the musical concert is restricted  by tickets.

Inter-community Cricket Match

Apart from this, West End Cricket stadium with 12,000 seating capacity will witness a mega cricket match between Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh community teams on 18 December. Cricket matches will be managed by Lagan Cricket Club headed by Azeem Abbas.

Services to the public

Apart from these entertainment activities, the venue will provide different services to the public. Free blood & sugar checking will be held in corporation with Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation,  Qatar Red Crescent, Aster Medical Centre and Naseem Al Rabeeu Medical Centre. In addition to this, the blood donation camp by HMC and first aid training by Qatar  Red Crescent will be provided in the venue.

The venue is  arranged with praying areas for public, resting areas for families, restaurants, emergency medical services, community Bazar and other necessary services for the public. More than 130 volunteers will work for the smooth running of the event from  6 am to 10 pm. The lost and found office managed by Community Policing Section will distribute tags among the children accompanying the families in order to help to identify the missing children and two hotline numbers (55899682 / 55483466) have been allocated for this purpose.

The schools winning first, second and third places in each venue will be awarded QR 10,000, QR 7,000 and QR 5,000 respectively. As well, winners and runners up of cricket tournament will be given QR 7,000 and QR 4000 respectively.