Celebrating Qatar National Day
As residents and citizens, we’ve got lots to celebrate about Qatar, and with the blockade bringing us all closer, this year’s National Day Celebrations promise to be big.
National Day Village, Darb al Saai, is ramping up the festivities beginning this week. There you will find nearly 30 different tents and areas where you can learn more about Qatar and its history, including life in a traditional coastal village, camel riding, horse riding, shooting, public speaking and poetry. This year there is also a special tent for women and children where they can enjoy a number of cultural events and activities in privacy. Don’t forget to bring your appetite—26 kiosks will be spread out around Darb Al Saai, offering popular eastern and western foods.
Where: Darb Al Saai, near Jassim Bin Hamad and Al Sadd streets
When: 9–20 December
Timings: 08:00–12:00 and 16:00–22:00
Of course, the apex of the National Day celebrations is the parade and fireworks along the Corniche on 18 December.
If you plan on attending the parade:
- Arrive early. The parade is being held at 3pm, but organisers have requested the public to arrive by 12pm.
- Prepare to walk. Driving and parking can be a nightmare so wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to park far away. There are designated parking lots with shuttles that will take you to and from the Corniche.
- Bring snacks and water. The parade lasts until 08:50 but with the early start to get a spot in time, you and the kids will likely want a snack or two to tide you over before battling traffic to get back home. Even better, pack a picnic and enjoy a late breakfast while the crowds disperse. You can even walk over to one of the parks to let the kids run loose and burn off some of the excitement from the parade.
- Charge your mobile. It’s always good to have a fully charged mobile when you’re out and about.
- Don’t forget your camera!
For more about National Day celebrations, check out qatar.qa.