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Posted On: 3 April 2023 04:30 pm
Updated On: 4 April 2023 10:10 am

Unique things you can do & see only during Ramadan in Qatar

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Ramadan in Qatar is a time of spiritual connection and a joyous time. Plenty of events, celebrations, unique Iftar & Sohour options and kids' activities take place across the country.

It's also an excellent time to explore as there are many Ramadan-related things you can see and do here during Ramadan.

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The (ILQ) team has put together a list of some of them you shouldn't miss before Ramadan ends! Let's check them out, and we hope you have a wonderful time with your family & friends.

Ramadan Iftar Canon

Ramadan cannon in Qatar: Reviving Traditions
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The Ramadan Iftar Canon is a much-awaited event during Ramadan in Qatar. It happens daily during the period of Ramadan, and the cannon goes off at Iftar time. This unique tradition has been followed in Qatar for many years and dates back to when technology was not advanced. The sound of the cannon would signify that it was time for Iftar.

This year, you can watch the canon at places like Lusail Boulevard, Old Doha Port, Souq Al Wakrah and more!

Garangao Celebrations

Where to celebrate Garangao 2023
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Garangao is celebrated in Qatar and the GCC region on the 14th day of Ramadan to signify children finishing their fast for half of the Holy Month. Kids dress in traditional clothes, sing and walk around neighbourhoods collecting candy, chocolates and nuts in special pouches designed for the occasion.

This year, there are many happenings for Garangao! Do check them out and enjoy!

Special Ramadan Decorations

Souq El Mina
Image credit: Old Doha Port

Doha comes alive during Ramadan, and you can spot decorations all around! From inside malls to prominent landmarks, don't forget to look around to spot them!

A few places where you can enjoy Ramadan decorations and a water fountain show this year are at Corniche and Al Zaman Plaza as part of the 'Festive Lighting', Lusail Boulevard, Msheireb Downtown Doha etc.

Free Iftar Tents

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Ramadan is a time of giving and sharing, and every year, many people and organizations come forward to provide free Iftar meals that are open to all. People can go there and break their fast with the community. The ministry is providing 10,000 free Iftar meals daily this Ramadan.

A Qatari family is also giving free Iftar meals at Mousa Bin Hafs Street in Al Aziziyah. Do check it out!

Mesahar in Qatar

Mesahar at Souq El Mina in Qatar.

This is another unique tradition followed since the olden days in Qatar. Mesahar, traditionally used to chant around neighbourhoods in different parts of the country to wake people for Sohour during Ramadan.

This year, you can watch them at Mina District, Old Port Doha, at 10:30 pm to see what it's like!

Ramadan Shopping Bazaars

Events and activities taking place during Ramadan 2023
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Doha comes alive during Ramadan and bazaars and shopping spots open up at prominent places in the country. Enjoy shopping, participate in cultural events, and check out the traditions there. Some places you should check out this year are the Ramadan Bazaar at The Pearl Island, Souq El Mina at Old Doha Port, Ramadan Shopping Fair at Doha Exhibition & Convention Center (DECC) and more!

Car Parade

Things you didn't know about Ramadan in Qatar
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This tradition is a fun one where one can witness a parade of vintage, unique and some muscle & sports car parade along the streets of Qatar. This usually happens at Katara Cultural Village. This year you can see the daily car show at Lusail Boulevard before sunset time.


How many of these unique Ramadan-related events or things have you seen or done? Do let us know in the comments below. Do share this article - it keeps us going!