Here are the events lined up for 2015 National Day
With the Qatar National Day looming above us, the whole country is getting ready to celebrate it in style.
The National Day, this year falls on a Friday and the question as to whether Thursday or Sunday would be deemed as a public holiday is in everybody’s minds right now.
Most schools have informed that tomorrow would be a holiday for the staff and the students. However, the residents have this year too begun to prepare avidly for the National Day celebrations.
One of our news posts titled “National Day preparations are on full swing in Qatar” would depict that shops and supermarkets have been getting a brisk business of flags, national day costumes, scarves and etc.
And of course, for the Star Wars fans out there, the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” releasing over the weekend would be another ideal head start for the celebrations ahead.
In the midst of all this, numerous events and programmes have been planned out by many organizations in different areas in the country for the public.
The annual National Day Parade will take place at the Corniche on Friday, December 18. The event which is aimed for families only, will go on from 8AM to 8:40AM opposite the Al-Rumailah and Al-Biddah parks.
The Preliminary shows will be from 7AM-7:40AM.
There will be marches by the armed forces and other government entities, and aerial and sea displays by the air force and navy.
During the evening of December 18, there will also be a firework display on the Corniche from 8PM to 8:10PM.
The Pearl –
Special tents will be located at 12 La Croisette in Porto Arabia where the visitors can experience many traditional Qatari dishes along with a dedicated tent to experience Arabian traditions and hospitality with complimentary activities and attractions such as henna, Arabic coffee and dates.
The Pearl-Qatar has also allocated a Karak Tea Booth that will be offering complimentary cups of Qatar’s most popular beverage.
On December 18, among the highlights is a fireworks display that will illuminate the skyline of Marsa Arabia.
The events at Darb Al-Saai marking the National Day have already begun and will continue till December 20.
Some activities are, Al-Nassa where visitors can learn basics of shooting, a tent that shows the lifestyle of Bedouins called Al-Maqtar, a display of classic cars, Al-Beda which will contain of a display of Qatar’s maritime heritage, a futuristic rail track, etc.
Events will take place from 8AM till noon and from 4PM to 11PM. On Fridays, the site will be open from 2PM to 11PM.
QF has organized a series of games and activities for children. There will be games about eating healthy and the chance to cook with prominent chefs, learning parts of the body, the flags of other countries, etc.
Katara will be hosting two days of celebrations on Dec. 18 from 1pm to 10pm and on Dec. 19 from 10am to 10pm at the Esplanade and at other points throughout.
Activities include a falconry show by the Qatari society of Al Gannas on Katara beach. There will also be a kids’ art workshop, from 4pm to 9pm in front of building 15. It will be conducted in both Arabic and English, and is free.
Ministry of Interior –
The MoI has organized a string of events along with the different expat communities. More details about this and the agenda of the events could be read in the news post titled, “MoI preps up to celebrate National Day with all the communities”
Thoughts? Where will you be going on the National Day?
Better if you can specify weather events are only for families or also individuals can attend. Last week I and my friend went to Darb Al-Saai ground, and security guards are stopped at door as they say it is only for families. It was bad experience. Please mention if events only for families so that we don't have to waste our time.
are the event sat Darb Al-Saai free?