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17 December 2018 08:00 pm

Here's where to find Qatar national day decorative items

Khadiza Begum
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Qatar National Day is the biggest celebration in Qatar and the celebrations commence every year on December 18. Such an event offers opportunities for all to have lots of fun, to celebrate, and share the joy. A lot of events are scheduled around Doha to make this special day a memorable one, with people of all ages and nationalities getting excited and ready to celebrate in different ways. Some are purchasing new clothes for the family, preparing feasts, or decorating their cars with flags and other colorful paraphernalia. Here’s a brief guide to finding your Qatar National Day supplies and decorations, and to the rules and regulations to keep in mind while celebrating National Day.

Drive with Pride!

Qatar national day decorative items

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Many of you decorate your cars to make your vehicles stand out from all the others, and some companies in Doha even offer a customized car decoration service. Prices start from QR 1,200 to QR 2,200 depending on the type and size of the design.

Things to keep in mind

Here are some regulations you must follow should you plan to decorate your car for Qatar National Day.

  • Tenting the front and back glasses of vehicles or the side glass near the driver’s seat is banned.
  • Dancing between cars, thus hindering traffic flow is not allowed.
  • Applying spray paint to other cars or pedestrians or engaging in stunt shows using vehicles is prohibited.
  • Do not put the Qatari flag in a way that obscures the back or front of the vehicle because this can confuse other motorists and cause accidents.
  • Do not completely change the colour of the car.
  • Number plates should not be concealed or covered.

Where to get your car decorated:

Shalan Advertising
Location: B-ring Road, Najma Area
Contact: (+974) 7799-7622
Email: [email protected]
Working hours: Sat- Wed: 8am – 6pm, Thurs: 8am – 3pm

Awadhi Car Decoration
Location: Industrial Area, Doha, Qatar
Working hours: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm / 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Sat-Thurs)
Contact: (+974) 3338-9202

National Flag

National Flag
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The national flag of Qatar has a great prominence, especially during patriotic celebrations. The opening ceremony of Qatar National Day begins every year with the raising of the flag. Many commercial buildings in Doha are adorned with giant national flags one or two weeks before National Day, and the flag is also very evident as a motif in the ‘branding’ or decoration of cars with companies like Shalan Advertising in Doha able to ‘brand’ your car in accordance with the above regulations.

Respect The Flag!

Showing disrespect to the Qatar national flag by any means will attract a jail term of six months and a fine of QR 100, 000.

Where to find a flag

Qatar flag and other national day decorative items at a mall in Qatar
(Qatar flag and other decorative items at a mall in Qatar. Image credit: Khadiza Begum)

Many popular shops in Qatar sell the Qatari flag, and you’ll probably find one for sale at your local grocery store. However, if you want customized, top quality giant flags or accessories, get in touch with Doha based companies that sell online, such as Look or the Krom Group.

The Look Company
Location: Industrial Area, Doha
Contact: (+974) 5557-4610
Email: [email protected]

Krom Group
Location: Al Sadd, Doha
Contact: (+974) 4016-1424
Website: www.kromgroup.com

National Day Clothes

Souk waif Qatar

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It seems that everyone likes to play along in this festive season by purchasing new clothes to look their best and most patriotic! Designers are working around the clock to deliver clothes ahead of Qatar National Day, and the suppliers of T-shirts, caps, wristbands, and mufflers are having a busy time to meet the demand of the customers by offering them customized designs. Again, the Qatar flag is the main component in the designs, with maroon and white being the dominant colors used. Caps and wristbands have become very popular in the last couple of years because of their relatively low price.

Where to find them

National day dresses at Souk Waqif
(National day dresses at Souk Waqif. Image credit: Khadiza Begum)

Souq Waqif is a perfect place to meet your all needs – from boys’ long kurta to girls’ fork, to caps and wristbands. The Qatar Shopping Complex in Al Markhiya, various malls, and Darb Al Saai itself all sell a huge variety of items from pillow,s to throws, to clothing, with something for everyone!

So enjoy the parade, the afternoon shows, and the fireworks display, wear your national colors with pride and, above all, have fun and stay safe!

How do you plan to prepare for Qatar National Day 2018? Share with us in the comment section below, and don’t forget to like and share this article!

(Cover Photo credit: Shifo666, Flickr)