Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced that it has completed preparations for Qatar National Day celebrations on Thursday 18 December 2014.
In collaboration with hotels in Qatar, QTA lined up several cultural and traditional activities to celebrate the national occasion. Commenting on QTA’s preparations for the National Day celebrations, QTA Chairman HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi said:
The National Day underscores the importance of our unity under the banner of one country and strengthens our belief in the need to build Qatar on solid foundations where all citizens and residents cooperate and make concerted efforts to serve the nation. The National Day embodies the originality of our principles, the deep-rootedness of our history, and our responsibility for charting a bright future for our country and the coming generations. In organising these activities and getting the Qatari people to participate, QTA proceed from its role to develop the tourism sector and the loyalty to our beloved homeland and its wise leadership.’
QTA called on all hotels in Qatar to fly the Qatari flag in front of their hotels and distribute Qatari flags to their guests, and decorate their entrances and reception areas in special ways to reflect the country’s festive atmosphere. QTA also urged hotels to come up with new ideas to create a special national look and feel on the National Day. Hotels will also add traditional Qatari food and dishes to their main menus and offer their guests and visitors Arabic coffee and dates on this occasion.
Open to all hotels in Qatar, QTA has also staged the National Day competition for the best decorated hotel front. This competition will put the spotlight on Qatar’s iconic building designs and contemporary architecture. Hotels are invited to take part to lend some stylish elegance to the occasion and add to the spirit of the celebration. The winning hotel and runner up will be presented with a substantial prize.
QTA is offering a free shuttle bus service to take visitors from Souq Waqif, passing by the City Center-Doha mall, and the final stop is at Dar Al Saai. The bus will be available every 30 minutes from 3 pm to 9 pm starting from Sunday 14 January until Saturday 20January 2014. The service is operated by Doha Bus, Doha’s first tour bus giving visitors a great sightseeing experience.
QTA will organise a special internal National Day celebration for its employees at QTA premises on Wednesday 17 September 2014. QTA participates in Qatar’s National Day celebrations every year and organises a number of activities on this occasion in cooperation and partnership with all concerned parties, particularly in the tourism sector. Last year Qatar 33,000 visitors from the GCC countries visited Qatar on the National Day.