Qatar National Day is celebrated every 18th of December to commemorate Qatar’s unification in 1878. The much-awaited nationwide celebration includes putting up different tents offering traditional activities and costumes display. The ‘Darb Al Saai’ which means the ‘Route of the messenger’ is the main attraction of the National Day celebrations. This is the most sophisticated part of the year in Qatar as key landmarks in Doha like Corniche, Souq Waqif and others will all be dressed in Qatari flag colours.
Qatar National Day – 18 December
Qatar National Day parade and ceremony on Corniche will be from 6 am to 9 am
Fireworks display will be from 8 pm to 8:10 pm
Darb Al Saai
Darb Al Saai runs from 8 to 20 December, from 8 am – noon and 4 pm – 11 pm. There will be traditional bazaars, food stalls, games, falcon, horse and camel exhibitions and a lot more. Find tents by Qatar Foundation, Hamad Medical Corporation, Civil Defence, Qatar Media Company, Al Nessa, among others.
Note: The website is available in Arabic only.
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Asian Town (Industrial Area)
Indian and Sri Lankan community teams will showcase their cultural and musical performances in Industrial Area at Asian Town amphitheater. Sanskriti, Bangiya Parishad Qatar, PSV, MMQ, KDACA, Thirumuttam Qatar, INCAS, Punjabi Association, QTS, TRAQ, Telugu Kalasamiti, NITCAA Qatar, TJSV, Bharathi, Mahinder’s Bhangra are some of the organizations to compete in events at Asian Town. This venue will host the art competitions and cultural shows of students of MES Indian School, Pak Shama, Stafford Sri Lankan School, Birla Public School, Doha Modern Indian School and Bright Future School as well.
When: 4 pm – 8 pm, 17 December. 8 am – 10 pm, 18 December
The Qawwali songs will be presented by the renowned Sabri brothers from Rajasthan India.
When: 8 pm – Midnight, 17 December. Asian Town amphitheater
Wakra Sports Club
The events of Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities along with the students of PEC School, Bangladesh School, Bhavans Public School, TNG, DPS MIS and Noble International School will be hosted at Wakra Sports Club Indoor Stadium.
Pakistant Community Events
The Wakra open stadium will host wide variety of cultural fiesta by famous artists from Lahore and Peshawar. Khalid Malik, Waheed Achakzai, Nelo, Afshan Zaibi, Hina Asif, Wafa Afghanistan, Rahim Master, Hani Albila, Saleem Abila, Omar Gul and Khalida Yasmin are among the performers from Pakistan.
When: 5 pm – 11 pm, 17 December. 8 am – 10 pm, 18 December
Rayyan Sports Club Indoor Stadium
The Filipino Indonesian and Malaysian community teams will showcase their cultural fiesta at Rayyan Sports club Indoor Stadium along with the students of the Philippines School Doha, Philippines International School Qatar, Ideal Indian School, Shanti Niketan School and Scholars International School, where they will be displaying their talents in cultural and musical performances.
When: 8 am – 10 pm, 18 December
Barwa Workers Recreation Complex (Al Khor)
The Barwa Workers Recreation Complex in Al Khor will host the traditional, cultural and folklore shows and art competitions of Nepalese expats and Al Khor community.
When: 4 pm – 10 pm, 17 December. 8 am – 10 pm, 18 December
The cultural fiesta in each of the four venues will start with the Qatar National Anthem at 8am followed by a colorful parade by all participating schools , community and company teams in each venue.
Along with cultural events, different sports championships will be held between communities, company and school teams in four venues. Asian Town, Wakra Sports Club, Rayyan Sports Club, Barwa Recreation Complex in Al Khor will host football championship, tug of war competition and running race. Besides that Al Khor Barwa Recreation Complex will host cricket, volleyball and basketball championships while Rayyan Sports Club will host basketball as well.
Twenty20 Cricket Match between Pakistan Eleven & Qatar Eleven
The Asian Town Cricket Stadium will host a mega T20 cricket tournament between Pakistan Eleven and Qatar Eleven. The international players of Pakistan cricket team along with some veterans will participate in the championship.
When: 18 December. Free entry
Qatar Tourism Authority
In collaboration with Qatar National Day Organizing Committee, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) will be providing guided tours of Darb Al Saie throughout Qatar National Day celebrations which are extending this year from 8 to 20 December, QTA officials announced.
The tours will go to Darb Al Saai on board the Doha Bus, departing from key landmarks including Souq Waqif, Aspire Park, Sheraton Park and The Pearl-Qatar. A team of tour guides will receive visitors at Darb Al Saai to show them around the various activities, and explain the significance of each in the context of Qatar’s history, traditions, and heritage.
Buses will depart from their stops every day at 7 am, 9 am, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7:15 pm.
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) will take part in this year’s National Day celebrations at Darb Al Saai from 8 to 20 of December 2015, by hosting an array of exciting activities designed to showcase QF’s overarching mission and vision.
The QF tent, where up to 5,000 visitors are expected to attend each day, will highlight the important work the Foundation does to unlock human potential and foster an engaged and progressive society as part of its continued efforts to contribute to the Qatar National Vision 2030.
A QF passport will be distributed at the welcoming counter to guide visitors through the inspirational activities that have been specially-designed to provide stimulating learning opportunities. The five categories include: Education and Lifelong Learning; Research and Innovation; Health, Sport, and Wellbeing; Cultural Development and Heritage; and Preservation and Sustainability.
National Day Celebrations
Kids National Day Art Workshop
Join Qatar National Day celebrations at Royal Plaza on 17 and 18 December 2015.
In the run-up to Qatar National Day, United Development Company, is finalising at its flagship, The Pearl-Qatar, an array of gala festive activities that will bring Qatar alive during the National Day week from 16 to 20 December 2015 at 18 La Croisette. All activities are to mark this momentous occasion of the State of Qatar, which falls on 18 December every year.
Inviting all aspiring photographers!
Come and capture special moments throughout the day. Your Captures will then be screened for all guests on the Island to enjoy!
Date: 17 & 18 of December, 2015
Time: 11 am till 11 pm
Location: Parking lots next to The Pearl-Qatar Roundabout & Medina Centrale
Call 4495 3876 for more information.
The St. Regis Doha
On the occasion of Qatar National Day & in remembrance of this historic day in 1878, when Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani, founder of the State of Qatar set up the pillars of the Modern State of Qatar. We would like to extend our congratulations & greetings to the Royal Family and to all the honourable people of Qatar. Join us on this special occasion at The St. Regis Doha.
Date: Friday 18 December
Time: 6 pm
Call 4446 0000 for more information.
Sharq Village & Spa
Sharq Village & Spa has introduced a new and unique Qatari dining experience for guests through offering a wide selection of authentic dishes available every Saturday at Al Liwan Restaurant.
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 12:30 pm – 4 pm
Qatar National Day Honouring at Sharq Village & Spa
Date: Wednesday 16 December
Time: 6:30 pm
Call 4425 6666 for more information.