Col Al Muftah and Mana Al Mana pose for aphoto with heads of communities and principles and officials of schools
Colonel Al Muftah and Mana Al Mana pose for a photo with heads of communities, principles and officials of the participating schools.

The Committee of Associated Programs for Qatar National Day Celebration is organising extensive cultural and entertainment programmes and sports activities at various venues outside Doha, providing alternative locations to enjoy the celebrations of Qatar National Day (QND) 2013 in a family atmosphere.

According to Colonel Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, Director of Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior and official from the Organizing Committee, and Mana Ibrahim Al Mana, Member of the Organizing Committee, the programmes of the QND 2013 have been organised in collaboration with Asian communities living in Qatar – Indian, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, Bangladesh, Paskistani, Malaysian, Filipino and Indonesian – who will participate in the programmes which include folkloric performances, traditional shows, acrobatics shows and musical performances.

The cultural and sports events themed ‘One Love’ will be offering a day full of entertainment, amusement and activities for the residents and workers on 18 December 2013 where the programme will start with National Anthem at 8 am and continue until 10 pm. The events will be held in four locations that are West End Park (Qatar’s newest mall, located in the Industrial Area), Al Wakrah Stadium, Al Rayyan Stadium and Al Khor Stadium.

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Sixteen schools are participating in the cultural programmes and competitions. They are MES Indian School, Pak Shama, Sri Lankan  School, Nobel International School, Birla Public School, Ideal Indian School, Shanti Niketan Indian School Philippines School – Doha, Philippines International School, Scholars International School, Doha Modern Indian School, Pakistan Education Centre, Bangladesh MHM School, Bhavans Public School,  DPS-MIS Indian School and Bright Future Pakistani International School

Apart from cultural progammes, there will be sports activities and matches in each venue. Football match will be held in Al-Khor, Rayyan and Wakrah stadiums while volleyball match at Wakrah and Cricket match at Westend Park cricket stadium. Racing competition will be held for children below 10 years and general public at different venues.

West End park open theater which can accommodate more than 14,000 persons, will witness cultural programmes performed by Indian and Sri Lankan Communities and thematic performances and group by songs by students from MES Indian School, Sri Lankan School, Pak Shama and Noble International Schools. As well there will a Nepali musical show on 17 December 2013 (4 pm – 10 pm), Indian Musical Show on 18 December 2013 (6 pm – 10 pm at Open Theatre) and Philippines musical show on 19 December 2013 (4 pm – 10 pm).

West End Cricket Stadium – that can accommodate more than 12,000 persons – will witness a cricket match between Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh community teams on December 18, 2013. Cricket matches will be managed by Lagan Cricket Club.

Al Wakrah Stadium – with a capacity of more than 12,000 seats – Pakistani and Bangladesh communities will perform cultural shows, thematic dances, songs, comedy show and more. Pakistan Education Centre, Bangladesh MHM School, Bhavans Indian School and DPS-MIS will compete with parade, songs, dances and thematic shows. Football and basketball matches will be held between community teams as well as racing competition for school children and public.

Al Rayyan Indoor Stadium – with the capacity of 3,000 chairs – will witness the performances by Filipino, Malaysian and Indonesian communities as well as competitions between Philippines School – Doha, Philippines International School- Qatar, Scholars International School and Doha Modern Indian School.  Football and basketball matches will be held as part of the sports activities at the venue.

Al Khor Sports Stadium – that can accommodate more than 12,000 people – will include performances by the Nepalese expats and Al Khor community. Birla Public School, Ideal Indian School and Shanti Niketan Indian School will compete with each other in parades, songs, dances and thematic shows.

National anthem will be followed by a parade of students from different schools at each location. Students will compete in general songs and thematic Qatar songs in the morning session. From 9:30 am onwards, the participating communities will perform songs, dances and other activities until 12:30 pm. In the afternoon sessions, which start at 3 pm, the public will witness cultural and thematic performance by community teams as well as general dance and thematic show competitions between participating schools.

In addition to the entertainment, the venues will provide different services to the public. Blood and sugar checking will be held in all venues in corporation with Supreme Council of Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Medical Services Department of the Ministry of Interior, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) and many private clinics. Facilities will be arranged for blood donation as well in West End park and Al Rayyan sports stadium. First aid training will be provided in all venues. All four venues will include dining and praying areas, restaurants, emergency medical services and other necessary services.

The schools winning first, second and third places in each venue will be awarded QR10,000, QR7,000 and QR5,000 respectively. As well, winners and runners up of cricket tournament will be given QR10,000 and QR5,000 respectively while winners in football and volleyball matches will be awarded QR5,000 and QR3,000.