Activities at Darb El Saai, the most popular venue of the National Day celebrations kicked off yesterday in the presence of a huge crowd including citizens and expatriates as well as women, children and families.
Minister of Culture and Sports H E Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali opened the festivities and raised the Qatari flag. Hundreds of people watched the opening ceremony, who had turned up at the sprawling facility at Al Sadd to have a taste of the Qatari culture, heritage and traditions.
About 20 government and non-government institutions and entities have set up stalls at the venue offering a wide range of educational, entertainment and leisure activities.
A special tent for women has been set up for the first time. Among the attractions at the Traffic Department stall is an exhibition showcasing a Qatari driving licence issued 50 years ago which appears like a passport, engraved with a Qatari flag, pictures of Qatari policemen dating back to 1945 as well as the old Souq Waqif.
The traffic village and traffic pavilion are expected to receive 300 school students daily to educate them in traffic rules and road safety, an official of the Traffic Department told this daily.
An interesting feature at the Qatar Foundation pavilion is a mobile library for children aged until 13 years displayed as part of QF’s reading campaign.
The Police College pavilion, a new addition, features a video for children providing information about the police college laws, its history and offers activities and competitions for children focusing on police rules and uniform.
“Daily we will receive about 42 students from two schools to teach them about the police in general and give them practical training for 45 minutes”, said an official of the Police College.
As in the previous years, Darb El Saai is more about Qatari history and traditions. Five tents in a row depicts how people in Qatar lived in the past. One of these tents showcases a tribal chief receiving guests and engaging in discussions with them on tribal issues. Horses and camels can been in front of this tent. Another tent is for animals and birds that were hunted while a third tent shows women cooking in the traditional style.
There is also a Grandmothers’ tent, (Umm Rashid), with an elderly woman telling stories to children, and the last one is a tent showcasing the Qatari daily life of yesteryears, which is divided between men and women. (Source)
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