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18 December | 10PM - 10:15PM

Fireworks show

Corniche

Music, lights, and giant fireworks. Last year the fireworks were in sync with a story. Make sure to get a good spot! Also from 7:30 for 5 minutes, there's be a small show leading up to the day.

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18-19 Dec | 10AM-10PM

Katara National Day Celebrations

Katara

On the occasion of the Qatar National Day celebrations, the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) invites you to join these festivities and enjoy the happenings in Katara. Featuring 20 events inspired from their heritage to recognize their present and explore horizons of their future.

18 December | 8AM - 10PM

National Day Parade

Corniche

A fantastic parade where people will get to enjoy a parade by the Armed Forces, MOI, Emiri Guards, ISF, Civilian participation, cars, balloons, flag waving, music, and bands.

16 - 18 December | 8AM - 12PM | 4PM - 10PM

Classic Car Show

Corniche

Just like every year, people will be able to enjoy a blast from the past from a time when Qatar was modernizing. You'll get to see a rare collection of classic cars that government officials used to use.

15 - 18 December | All day

Traditional Boat Show

Corniche

Enjoy two displays of various styles of Qatari boats and dhows. It's great to see these beautiful vessels that helped the older generation survive.

15th - 31st December | Night

Palm Tree Illunimation

Corniche (and around Qatar)

Don’t forget to pass my the Corniche, to check out how the Palm Tree Illumination! It's a beautiful sight. Honestly, we wish it could always look like that.

15-18 December | All Day

Kids Activities

Corniche

Kids will get a chance to play games, have fun and just enjoy the different entertainment shaped around National Day.

Al Izbba

8-18 December | 9PM - 10PM

Al Izbba

Darb Al Saai

Al-Izbba is the site where a man is away from home looking after camels in the wild valleys and desert. Come and take a look at what the site used to look like and how it was managed.

Dhows exhibition

15 - 30 December | All Day

Dhow Exhibition

Corniche

Although there's an existing boat show, this is focused on traditional dhows only. It's great to see these big boats that used to be used for socializing, pearling, and big fishing. :)

Shooting

8-18 December | 8AM - 12PM | 3:30PM - 10PM

Al Nasa (Rifle shooting)

Darb Al Saai

Qataris are well known for rifle and shotgun shooting as a sport. Come on down to learn how to shoot for yourself! Professional trainers will be supervising and teaching the traditional principles of Al Nasa.

Horses

8-18 December | 8AM - 12PM | 3:30PM - 10PM

Al Shaqab (Horse Dressage)

Darb Al Saai

Take beautiful horses, dress them up in traditional dressage, enjoy a great horse show, and also enjoy riding them too!

Doha

8-18 December | 8AM - 10PM

Al Doha

Darb Al Saai

View a show case of Qatar's history and development through the times. Government and Civil organizations have come together to show the public how Qatar became to what it is today.

15-30 December | 5PM - 12AM

Pearl Illumination

Palm Island (Corniche)

Remember Palm Island? No? Well it used to be a micro-resort before it was sadly removed. Now though, there's going to be a beautiful illumination for everyone to enjoy :)

11 - 18 December | 4PM - 10PM

Traditional Games

Sheraton Park

Come and play traditional Qatari games like sculpted tops, sticks and tyres, kook, and more! It's fun seeing how we grew up before iPads and PlayStations.

8-18 December | All Day

Al Mishabayh (Oryx)

Darb Al Saai

Learn about one of Qatar's native animals, the Oryx. You'll get an understand for how they breed them, take pictures, and perhaps even pet some too.

8-18 December | All Day

Al Maqtar

Darb Al Saai

You'll find loads of tents set up in one area that have been laid out to show the public what Qatari life in the desert looked like. Within each tent you'll find various activities, story telling, and giveaways. Learn about the young Qannas (hunter), bird taming, camel riding, and more.

8-18 December | All Day

Al Maqlat

Darb Al Saai

Designed to look like a dining area in old Qatari houses. There's various traditional and local food being served for people looking to fill their stomachs at Darb Al Saai.

8-18 December | All Day

Souq Wagif

Darb Al Saai

Of course, you could always just go to the REAL Souq Wagif, but if you're in the area of Darb Al Saai, drop on down to enjoy Qatari food tasting, photography, and view all the different types of old trading that used to happen (textiles, ceramics, engraving, etc...)

December 13 | 9AM

National Day Trophy

Equestrian Center

This is a big horse race! Total prize money is 400,000QR. It's a 2000m race on grass and there'll be some amazing horses.

16 December | 10AM - 10PM

Flag of Gratitude and Loyalty

Katara Amphitheatre

This campaign is a national project by the State of Qatar presented to Guinness Book of Records as the largest flag in the world!

18th Dec | 8PM-11:30PM

Asian Comedy Circus

West End Park

Come and watch all your favorite comedians performing live in Qatar including Raju Srivastava, Shakeel Siddiqui, Sunil Pal, Rouf Lala, Saloni Daini, Rufi Anum, Suraj Venjaaramoodu and Team Calicut V4U. In addition, you’ll be able to see a live telecast of the Qatar National Day 2013 fireworks, which take place every National Day at the Doha Corniche.

Contact: 77793666

18 December | All day

Pakistani and Bangladeshi event

Al-Wakrah stadium

Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities will perform their cultural shows,thematic dances, songs, comedy show and more. Pakistan Education Centre, Bangladesh MHM School, Bhavans Indian School and DPS-MIS will compete with parade, songs, dances and thematic shows. Football and basketball matches will also be held, where winners will be awarded a prize of QR10,000 and QR5,000, respectively.

15

Handicrafts on Al Mahamil

Corniche

This is a great event where you can enjoy Handicraft workshops inside a traditional Mahamil (Type of Dhow).

8-18 December | 8AM - 12PM | 3:30PM - 10PM

Al Fereej

Darb Al Saai

Fereej means village or town in Arabic. A tent has been set up where there'll be traditional cultural activities such as Ardha Al Qaseed (poetry reciting), Elmerada (traditional girls dance), and Oratory.

8-18 December | 8AM - 12PM | 3:30PM - 10PM

Al Beda

Darb Al Saai

An embodiment of old Marin life in Qatar with its activities such as Khatf Shraa, which is raising the sails of the dhows, falq al mahar, the opening of pearls to extract pearls, sadah radah, a Qatari style running race, aldamah, an old spin top game and a traditional cafe!

15-18 Dec | 4PM - 10PM

2030 Train Tour

Corniche

It's a special tour for kids where they get to see three stations showing the evolution of Qatar. Jump on board the 2030 train.

8-18 December | 8AM - 12PM | 3:30PM - 10PM

Al Timbah

Darb Al Saai

Timbah in old Qatari means football! We're getting the 2022 world cup so let's share the old tradition of timbah.

16 - 18 December | All Day

Light and Water Projections

The Pearl

This year's festivities will be highlighted by high0tech tower and water screen projections. Everyone should prepare their warm tea and blankets to enjoy the fireworks as the skies light up with all things Qatar.

16 - 18 December | All Day

Dora, Cartoons and Clowns

The Pearl

Children of all ages will also engage in a fun-filled three days including an enjoyable Dora show, entertaining cartoon characters and comical clowns. Everyone’s favorite inflatable games, face painting and much more will be on the menu as Qatar shares its happiness with its young citizens.