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Qatar National Day

Qatar National Day is a national commemoration of Qatar’s unification in 1878. It is celebrated annually on 18 December. The holiday was established by a 21 June 2007 decree of the then Crown Prince and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. It is also known as Founder’s Day.

On 18 December 1878, Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed bin Thani succeeded his father as the ruler of Qatar. With that, Qatar became a country with a vision… a country that would find unity, grow rapidly and reach toward ever-higher heights.

National Day, also known as Founder’s Day, celebrates the rise of Sheikh Jassem as the father and founder of the State of Qatar. And yet this holiday is a mere two years old: it was founded in 2007 to give people an occasion to honor the history and identity of their country and to commemorate those who have worked and continue to work to make Qatar a great nation.


The 18th of December is a special day – a day of unity for the people of Qatar. We want you to be a part of it!

Why are we a part of it? At the heart of everything to do, we’re driven by a commitment to make a positive difference for all people in Qatar. Our vision is to make Qatar a better place with everything that we do.

Major happening places

Doha Corniche:

National Day March  18 December | 9 am
A fantastic parade where people will get to enjoy a parade by MOI, Emiri Guards, Lekhwiya, Civil Defense and other governmental bodies. There will also be aerial and sea displays by the air force and navy.

Air Show 18 December | 9 am
Live Air shows by paragliders with Qatar flag and fireworks promise to be a scene worth watching.
On the Qatar National Day, December 18, Corniche will be the venue where the air show will be part of the grand QND celebrations. 

Fireworks show 18 December | 8 pm
Music, lights, and giant fireworks. Make sure to get a good spot!

Classic Cars show 18 December | 11 am
Mawater Qatar will display classic cars at Doha cornish as part of Qatar National Day march.

Darb Al Saai:

Darb Al-Saai, one of the major attractions of the QND 2019 celebrations on the grounds in Al Sadd. It runs from December 9-20, showcasing different tents by different entities. There will be a food court tent with stalls that sell traditional Qatari food, as well as juice, snacks, and other items.

Al Bidaa
Al-Bida’a events reflect the marine heritage environment in miniature, where the old frij is adjacent to the sea and attracts the public because of its indigenous heritage, reflecting the feelings of familiarity and compassion that combine the people of the frij. It also includes Beit Al Mutawa, the Popular Café, Al Noukhta Council, and Akass Al Fareej, as well as traditional folklore games such as rope tugging, sail snorkeling, bar and bahar, and many cultural and heritage competitions.

Al-Shaqab
The event was named after Al Shaqab Center and is supervised by trained instructors from the center to teach visitors horseback riding, in addition to presenting various shows. Children are involved and taught horseback riding to develop the spirit of originality and uphold the ancient heritage.

Al Ezba
Clarify all that is related to teaching children how to pull the droppings properly and teach children and adults to ride camels.

Parade Event
The event is held daily with the participation of horses and camel in addition for classic, old and modern cars along with the participation of government agencies.

Fireworks
Giant fireworks at Darb Al Saai. Make sure to get a good spot!

Doha Tent
The Doha event brings together the State’s institutions in all sectors onto wings and platforms, through which many awareness and educational interactive presentations will be displayed to the public to achieve the vision of Qatar 2030.

and many activities at Darb Al Saai…

Katara:

This year’s celebrations at Katara will display a line-up of exceptional activities and programs, including entertaining and rich events of military and traditional shows, as well as local and popular-themed competitions and contests that will be staged for your pleasure.

Drone Air Show
As part of Qatar National Day celebrations, 500 drones will take to the sky to put up a unique air show on December 17 and 19. at 7 pm & 9 pm.

Fireworks at Katara
Beautiful Katara Fireworks happened after the Drone Show on December 17 and 19 at 08:00 pm.

Aspire Park

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has announced a series of exciting events in Aspire Park for Qatar National Day under the leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

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