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Qatar National Day 2017 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.

Official Celebrations

18 December
Location: Al Corniche

  • National Day Parade from 3 pm – 4 pm

Follow Qatar National Day social media updates:

Note: Expect traffic diversions on Al Corniche Street.

Associated Activities of Qatar National Day 2017 Celebrations

As part of the Qatar National Day 2017 celebrations, the Organizing Committee of the Associated Activities of Qatar National Day 2017 Celebrations, in association with Ministry of Interior will hold mega cultural and sports events in collaboration with Asian expatriate communities, schools and companies on 18 December 2017 from 2:40 pm–10 pm.

  • Cultural and musical performances by eight Asian community (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Indonesian and Malaysian) teams
  • Performances by more than 6000 Students from 18 Asian Schools
  • 7 Venues (Asian Town, Cricket Stadium, Labour City, Barwa Baraha, Rayyan Sports Club, Wakra Sports Club and Barwa Workers Recreation Complex, Al-Khor)
  • More than 200,000 audiences expected from various communities
  • Qatari thematic shows by 18 school teams, community and company teams
  • International Cricket Tournament with international players from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
  • Musical concert by 14 renowned artists from Pakistan at Wakra Sports Club
  • 4 Asian Orchestra teams
  • Harley Davidson motor bikes and Mawater classic cars shows
  • 2 km long fun run by Filipino Community with 2000+ contestants
  • Programs start at 2:40 pm on Monday 18 December 2017 in all venues except Rayyan Stadium where the Fun run of Filipino community will start at 1 pm
  • Free blood sugar screening for 16,000 workers within 8 hours at Asian Town

Get more details here.

Darb Al Saai

Qatar National Day Daarb Al Saai

9–20 December
Location: Darb Al Saai
Timings: 8 am–noon and 4 pm–10 pm

Location: Map here

In Pictures: Darb Al Saai 2017

Highlights include:

  • 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
  • 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

Qatar Flag Relay

On 14 December 2017, at various venues.

Qatar Foundation at  Darb Al Saai  

Qatar Foundation (QF) officially kicked off its National Day celebrations at Darb Al-Saai on 9 December 2017, welcoming thousands of people from across the country.

Khalifa Al Kubaisi, Head of Press Office, QF, said:

This year, our National Day celebrations at Darb Al-Saai are designed to embody the Qatari flag. Another key component of our tent this year is the QF timeline. Through a variety of immersive activities, such as the ‘QF Globe’, we want to show the history of QF, its achievements, success stories, and momentous milestones, across its four core mission areas of Pre-University Education, Higher Education, Science and Research, and Community Development.’

A number of QF centers and partner universities will also host activities at the QF tent. Some of these include: Qatar Career Development Center, where children can learn about different jobs and professions; Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press, where visitors can make their own books; and Georgetown University in Qatar, which will offer guests the chance to assemble a giant jigsaw puzzle in the shape of Qatar, as well as participate in an educational world map activity.

The QF tent at Darb Al-Saai will run from 9—20 December . It will be open from 8 am—noon and 4 pm—10 pm, Saturday – Thursday, while on Fridays it will open from 2 pm. The evening of 13 December will be for ladies only.

Embrace Doha Event: Labaih Ya Amir

Embrace Doha National Day Events 2017 Doha Qatar (1)

Embrace Doha, in association with Katara Cultural Village, presents ‘Labaih Ya Amir’ – an 8 day long Qatar National Day celebration. Labaih Ya Amir, which translates to ‘Roger that, Emir’, will present cultural booths highlighting Qatar’s rich heritage and history at Katara. Gates will be open to the public from 4 pm to 10 pm.

One of the highlights of this year’s festivities is ‘Souq Al Fareej’, which will host local startup businesses in a traditional souq style setup.

Get more details here.

The Pearl–Qatar

The Pearl Qatar_Qatar National Day 2017 Events in Qatar Doha

United Development Company (UDC), master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, has completed decorating the island and has lined up several social events and recreational activities to celebrate Qatar National Day.

The island-wide celebrations will take place from 15 till 18 December 2017, from 6 pm till 10 pm in 6 and 7 La Croisette, Porto Arabia.

During the four-day event, Arabic-style tents serving dates and traditional coffee will open their doors to residents and visitors while children will enjoy dedicated spaces to play and color their faces with National Day inspired designs.

Mascots portraying traditional cartoon characters, falcons on display and henna drawings are only some of the other activities that will mark National Day celebrations on the island.

Folkloric ‘Arda’ performances, which have long marked UDC’s National Day celebrations, will take center stage as children partake in military parades that evoke feelings of patriotism and loyalty to the country’s wise leadership.

Aspire Zone Foundation

Aspire Zone Foundation Doha Qatar Qatar National Day 2017 Doha QatarOn 16 December, Aspire Park’s skyline will witness one of the biggest parasailing performances conducted by the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), who will descend in formation into the Park behind the lake near Al-Furousiya Street at 3 pm5 pm.

Meanwhile, Lekhwiya special forces will dazzle with lively shows performed by their well-trained horses and police dogs. These include displays of a variety of horse formations and barrier jumps, and a tent pegging demonstration, a sport of ancient origin in which riders overcome an obstacle course while riding a horse and wielding a sword starting 3 pm—5 pm behind Burgeri restaurant.

To find out more about the Qatar National Day activities in Aspire Zone, visit


15–18 December
Location: Al Corniche Street

  • Fireworks every night

QND at MIA Park Café

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park Café is gearing up to open on Qatar National Day. The people of Qatar are invited to bring their families and friends to enjoy the spectacular National Day fireworks show from the café, which is located alongside the Corniche, offering a view Qatar’s unique skyline. In celebration, guests will be offered a large variety of delicious foods, snacks and desserts to enjoy. The café’s menu will include customised ‘Cream Puffs’ called ‘Al Adaam’, which have been prepared specially to celebrate National Day with a design inspired by Qatar’s national flag.

Location: MIA Park café
Opening time: From 7AM to 11PM
For more information, visit the MIA website

Qatar National Day 2017 Celebration Brunch at Banana Island 

banana-island-QND Qatar National Day 2017 Doha Qatar

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is celebrating the special event with its all-new ‘I Love Qatar’ Brunch which showcases the best of the country’s cuisine and culture while supporting its thriving local farmers market.

The lavish brunch concept features a rich selection of authentic Qatari dishes that include Balalet, Ghuzi and Machbous, alongside a delicious array of mouth-watering dishes from around the world, all set up in an inviting, locally-inspired atmosphere that fuses the eclectic buffet’s unique tastes of tradition with the country’s renowned hospitality and vivid heritage.

18 December, 1 pm—4 pm

QAR 275 for outside guests and QAR 225 for in-house guests

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

Qatar National Day 2017 at Burj Al Hamam, The Pearl-Qatar

Burj Al Hamam

Celebrate the Qatar National at Burj Al Hamam on 18 December and get special discount vouchers.

For reservations, call 4409 5238, 3325 9205 or visit

Qatar National Day 2017 Offer at City Centre Rotana Doha

The celebrations at City Centre Rotana pay tribute to the people who built the nation while also allowing guests from near and far to learn more about the Qatari culture and history. During the day all day dining venue, Olive Oil will feature an authentic and family-friendly Arabian buffet with a special 50% discount for Qatari Nationals at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

18 December, Monday, 6 am—11 pm

Regular Olive Oil pricings, Qatari National has a special %50 discount on breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For bookings, email or call 4445 8888.

Qatar National Day 2017 Offer at Golden Tulip Doha

For more information and reservations, call 4419 8888 / 8806 or email

Qatar National Day 2017 at InterContinental Doha The City

InterContinental Doha the city

Avoid the traffic and stay within walking distance of all leisure and shopping destinations of Doha, including the Doha Corniche – the best place to experience Qatar National Day!

That’s not all, receive a complimentary room upgrade when you book with us along with Qatari treats and goodies!

QAR 450 including breakfast for two at The Square.

Valid from 1419 December 2017. Complimentary room upgrade subject to availability

Dine at their award-winning restaurants this Qatar National Day with 50% off in all restaurants. 

For reservations, call 4015 8888 or email

Qatar National Day at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Doha QatarMake this Qatar National Day great with prime views overlooking the fireworks at the Corniche, direct access to the City Center Mall and a variety of 10 restaurants and lounges for QAR460.

The package includes:

  • An overnight stay in a Deluxe Room
  • 46% off Food & Soft Beverages
  • 25% off all treatments at Saray Spa
  • Late Check-Out

Valid from 9—19 December 2017. To book, call 4419 5000

30% Discount on all Food and Soft Beverages

A day of festivities is not complete without award-winning dining! Marriott Marquis Doha’s nine restaurants and lounges are offering a 30% discount on all food and soft beverages on 18 December 2017!

Terms & conditions apply.

Qatar’s True Flavours

Quick Bites & Crossroads Kitchen, 18 December 2017

Savour the authentic tastes of Qatar’s cuisine with traditional breakfast and lunch specials at Quick Bites and Crossroads Kitchen.

Quick Bites QAR46

Crossroads Kitchen:  Breakfast QAR135, Lunch QAR100

For details, call 4419 5000.

Qatar National Day 2017 at Millennium Plaza Doha

Millennium Plaza Doha

Celebrate the National Day at the Circle Restaurant. QAR 150 per person.
Children between 7 and 12 years old get 50% discount. Children under 6 years of age dine for free.

Stay at Millennium Plaza during the National Day and get a special offer of QAR 225 per night including breakfast.

Call 4041 6999

Qatar National Day 2017 Offer at Oryx Rotana Doha

Oryx Rotana Doha

Get a complimentary one night stay for every QAR499 spent at any of their restaurants, from 8—18 December 2017.

Enjoy lively and stylish surroundings and cuisines that will suit every taste. Whether you are experiencing one of Choices restaurant theme nights, dining at exclusive Jazz Club with live band entertainment six nights a week from Sunday to Friday, Al Nafourah Garden with a delicious Arabic menu, Alfresco dining and hubbly bubbly or nipping on Mediterranean tapas at the Cellar or chatting over a cup of coffee under the stunning high glass conservatory-style ceiling at the Sky Lounge, Oryx Rotana Doha has it all.

Relax and Stay Fit with our Qatar National Day SpecialsOryx QND

For 2 days only, enjoy 50% discount on Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club memberships and massage treatments. 18—20 December 2017.

Take advantage of this amazing offer, call 4402 3333

Qatar National Day 2017  at Sheraton Grand Doha

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Celebrate National Day with many festivities and special activities including:

  • Celebratory cake-cutting ceremony of a custom-designed cake inspired by the Qatari tradition and heritage
  • Cake decoration competition
  • Live traditional music by local band
  • Complimentary cupcakes for kids
  • Henna designs
  • Photo opportunity with traditional set-up
  • Arabic coffee, dates and traditional Qatari desserts served to all guests 

Qatar National Day Brunch at Al Hubara

Enjoy an array of international and oriental specialities at the garden while celebrating Qatar National Day.

18 December, 12:30 pm—4 pm, QAR315 per person including soft beverages 

Qatar National Day at La Veranda

Brunch at La Veranda features Italian and Mediterranean buffet, inclusive of a selection of starters and a free flow of unique beverages. Enjoy the grill stations (seafood and meat), pizza show and the homemade pasta.

18 December, 12:30 pm—4 pm, QAR350 per person including soft beverages

Dinner at La Veranda promises fantastic views of the National Day festivities while indulging in delicious Italian food.

18 December, 7 pm—11 pm, QAR350 per person including soft beverages. QAR175 per child (6-12 years). Kids below 6 years dine for free. 

Qatar National Day BBQ Dinner at the Resort Garden

Enjoy a sumptuous barbecue and grill feast in the casual setting of the resort garden while having the best view of the spectacular fireworks display.

18 December, 6 pm—10 pm, QAR315 per person including soft beverages. QAR415 per person including special beverages. 

Car Decoration Competition

The best-decorated car owner gets a 2-night stay at Qatar’s iconic landmark hotel. Pass by the Sheraton with your decorated car for a chance to win.

Live Circus Show Meraviglia

QND 2017 Cirque sheraton grand

Enter the world of wonder as soon as you step into Sheraton Grand Doha as we bring you Sonics’ Meraviglia. Witness breathtaking air acrobatics, big scenic machines, dream-like atmosphere merge into one unforgettable experience.

Free for everyone on 14—18 December at Sheraton Grand Doha lobby

For room reservations, call 4485 4444 or email

Qatar National Day 2017 at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli

SWBH by Tivoli QND

There’s no better place to experience Qatar National Day than in the heart of Old Doha, Souq Waqif. Revel in this year’s joy and excitement with special offers at our venues perfectly positioned to witness the celebrations.

Start the day boldly with an exquisite breakfast at La Piazza featuring Arabic specialities and Qatari dishes or a special Qatari and Moroccan-style brunch at Argan. Tuck into a barbecue spread at Al Terrace taking in the fun al fresco. Exclusive set menus bursting with a blend of local and exotic flavours are served at Al Shurfa and Al Matbakh, including complimentary Qatari desserts.

Reservations are required.

For bookings, 4433 6666 or email

Outlet timings:

Argan Brunch Buffet:  QAR 120 per person, 1 pm—5 pm
Al Terrace BBQ set menu: QAR85 per person, 6 pm—11:30 pm
Al Shurfa exclusive set menu: QAR80 per person, 11 am—modnight
Al Matbakh exclusive set menu: QAR90 per person, 5 pm—midnight
La Patisserie special Qatari themed sweets available, 9 am—midnight

Qatar National Day 2017  at The St. Regis Doha

The St. Regis Doha exteriorQatar National Day Legendary Lunch Buffet

Enjoy and celebrate the Qatar National Day at Vine Restaurant with the lavish buffet of traditional Qatari dishes and array of Arabic sweets. Enhancing the spirit of togetherness on the most festive day in Qatar.

QAR150, inclusive of food and soft beverages

Date: 18 December, 12:30 pm—4 pm

Sarab Lounge

Arabic SouqQatar National Day Analogy of the traditional Arabic Souq set-up offering a vast range of traditional local dishes with authentic flavours and tastes in celebration of Qatar National Day.

Price: On consumption 

1—18 December

Call 4446 0105 or email for reservations.

Qatar National Day 2017 Promotions at Warwick Hotel Doha

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Breakfast at QAR120
Buffet Lunch at QAR180
Buffet Dinner at QAR180

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Set Menu for QAR180 (Salad + Soup + Main Course + dessert + tea or coffee + water + soft drink)

National Day Room Promotion

Two-night stay: QAR550 (package for 2 nights Including Breakfast)

  • 50% discount on F&B
  • 25% discount on Spa treatments

One-night stay: QAR333 (Including Breakfast)

  • 50% discount on F&B
  • 25% discount on Spa treatments

For reservations, contact 4456 3352 or

Qatar National Day 2017 Offer at W Doha Hotel & Residences

W Doha QND

Experience the unexpected at W Doha Hotel & Residences! Enjoy 46% off the best available rate for booking dates any time between 14 and 23 December.

The Qatar National Day Promotion includes:

Complimentary WIP Breakfast
20% discount on Beverage & Food
Early Check-in & Late Check-out
Complimentary WiFi

Call 4453 5000 to book your stay.

Qatar National Day 2017 at The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

The Westin Doha - National Day Rooms Offer

The Westin Doha is giving you an extra special gift this National Day. Those who stay on the 18 December will receive hotel stay voucher to be used until 28 February 2018.

QAR 599 including breakfast for 2 persons.

For more details or reservations, call 4492 1555.

Takbo Para sa Qatar

United Filipino Organizations in Qatar (UFOQ) will be hosting a Fun Run activity titled “Takbo Handog sa Qatar” as part of the National Day program for expat communities, the Associated Activities of QND 2017 Celebrations, taking place on 18 December 2017 at Rayyan Sports Club (near Mall of Qatar). It is open to all Filipino nationals who are physically fit and willing to be part of this grand show of support by the Filipino community to the host country. Please email or call 6684 4685 for further details and registration information.

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