Every year, many events are held around the country to celebrate Qatar National Day on December 18. This year, however, the QND celebrations will be a little different due to the COVID-19 restrictions and precautionary measures. There will still be some awesome events and activities and we've listed them down below. If you want more, visit iloveqatar.net/events and qatarnationalday.qa!
We'll be updating this article as we get more information from the relevant authorities and organizations so don't forget to save this link and stay tuned for more updates!
NOTE: If you're attending any of these events, please make sure you are abiding by the COVID-19 Precautionary measures which include wearing a mask, presenting your Green status in the Ehteraz app, maintaining a minimum safe distance from others at all times, and refraining from physical contact.
Every year the national parade takes place at the Corniche on the occasion of Qatar National Day celebrations. Different branches of Qatar's Military and Civil Defense forces march along with aerial displays by the Air Force.
We contacted the Organizing Committee and according to them, spectators for this year's National Parade is limited and by invitation only. Parts of the Corniche will be closed to the public. Al Kass sports channel is the official broadcast channel for the National Parade 2020.
[UPDATE: DECEMBER 14] According to the Organizing Committee, the attendance for this year's National parade will be for the families of the health sector and the participating bodies through special invitations, in compliance with exceptional precautionary measures to ensure the health and to ensure the safety of all members of society.
The Organizing Committee of Qatar National Day announced that the attendance of “National Walk” for this year 2020 is only considering families of health sector and participant entities.#QND2020 #qatar— اليوم الوطني لدولة قطر (@NDQatar) December 14, 2020
According to the Qatar Air Sports Committee, the air show for this year will only be part of the QND parade. Although the Corniche will be closed for the public, residents can still spot the air show from other parts of Doha.
[UPDATE: DECEMBER 15] According to the Ministry of Interior in a press conference Tuesday, December 15, National Day activities will include fireworks in Doha Corniche at 8:30 pm, in addition to events held at Katara.
The fireworks held at night every year as part of the National Day events are one of the most awaited events. Special fireworks will light up the skies along the Corniche. According to the QND Organizing Committee, the fireworks show is open to be viewed by the public.
Click here to know WHERE TO WATCH THE QATAR NATIONAL DAY 2020 FIREWORKS!
The Organising Committee for the Qatar National Day celebrations has announced that Darb Al Saai events will not be held this year, taking into account the current circumstances related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Committee also confirmed that this year, historical programs, competitions, and seminars to commemorate the importance of the Qatar National Day will be broadcast on the Doha 360 website for everyone to enjoy.
From December 14 to December 19, various programs and events will be shown live on Doha 360 website which promotes the patriotic spirit among the people. The programs are:
The Amir Cup 2020 final between Al Sadd and Al Arabi will happen on December 18 and it will be held at the Al Rayyan Stadium. The match will kick-off at 7 PM. The Amir Cup is the biggest football cup competition in the country.
Following discussions between the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), any fan who attends the match must return either a positive COVID-19 antibodies test or a negative COVID-19 test prior to being allowed access to the stadium.
Social distancing measures will be implemented within the vicinity of the stadium, including the fan zone and on public transport. The fan zone will open from 4-6 PM and again at 9 PM after the match has finished. Fans will be encouraged to remain at the fan zone or spend time in the Mall of Qatar in order to ensure social distancing requirements are adhered to on Doha Metro.
Priority access to tickets was granted to fans of both Al Sadd and Al Arabi – the two clubs who will contest the final. In addition, frontline healthcare workers who helped Qatar battle the COVID-19 pandemic have also been given priority access to purchase tickets.
Tickets for the final are being limited to one per person, are non-transferable, and will be linked to the holder’s Qatar ID.
For those who wish to attend the 2020 Amir Cup final, kindly book your match ticket through the following link: https://qfa.qa/AmirCup2020/en
The inauguration of the stadium located in Al Rayyan will take place on December 18 – Qatar National Day – exactly two years before the country hosts the FIFA World Cup final. The stadium will host the Amir Cup 2020 Final.
The stadium – which will become the new home of Al Rayyan Sports Club – is the fourth Qatar 2022 tournament venue to open following Khalifa International, Al Janoub, and Education City.
The 40,000-capacity stadium is adjacent to the Mall of Qatar and within walking distance of Al Riffa Station – on Doha Metro’s Green Line.
Mall of Qatar is celebrating National Day with educational and entertainment activations
Mall of Qatar is marking Qatar National Day with a series of cultural and entertainment activations that celebrate the spirit of the nation and its people, all while taking precautionary measures to maintain the safety of visitors.
The Nation’s Mall will shine bright with its spectacular decorations and artistic light displays. Its façade will carry projections celebrating Qatar with the flag colors, while the Mall’s oasis and hallways will have stunning decorations reflecting various aspects of the Qatari culture including camels, dhows, pigeon towers, and much more.
Starting 17 December, the Nation's Mall will present the "Flag Museum" which documents Qatar's Flag progression from its birth until its current state. screens accompanied by sound and visual effects will educate and entertain visitors about the history of the flag and the country it represents. Visitors can visit the Flag Museum on the ground floor next to Pari Gallery. It will be part of the Mall's community initiatives that aim to raise awareness of Qatar history in order to educate the country's new generation.
Appreciating arts and culture, Mall of Qatar organized the annual School Art Competition under the theme “How Does Qatar 2022 Look Like to You?” to encourage students to show their talent in a creative way. A total of 16 schools have participated and will present 20 pieces of art, with the winners to be announced on 21 December by a dedicated judging panel that includes Qatari artists.
On 18 December, fans will gather onsite to watch the final match of Amir's Cup taking place at the adjacent Al Rayyan Stadium - one of FIFA 2022 stadiums. For those who don't have the chance to watch the match in the stadium, the Mall of Qatar will broadcast the match live on the giant screens at the Oasis Stage. Moreover, visitors can enjoy delicious meals in the surrounding restaurants.
While the weekly raffle draw of the “Pick and Choose” shopping festival will take place on Thursday evening on a BMW 320 car, the raffle draw for the second grand prize will be held Friday at 4:00 pm on 18 December, with one lucky winner will drive away with a luxury BMW X7.
This Qatar National Day, download the Vodafone AR app on Android & iOS and enjoy an augmented reality experience from 17-27 December. Enjoy the fireworks & drones show from 5 pm till 12 midnight. Visit Msheireb Downtown Doha and find the best spots at Barahat Msherieb, Sikkat Al-Wadi, or Al-Kahraba street. Just point your smartphone to the sky and enjoy an experience like never before!
Doha Festival City will hold the following festivities for this year’s Qatar National Day from December 14 to December 18, from 2 pm to 10 pm:
Celebrate Qatar National Day at FBQ Museum to learn more about the history of our beloved country and the rich culture of Qatari people through the special programs prepared for you to enjoy with your family and friends.
December 18 and 19, 2020
A three-day program of family-friendly, enthralling shorts will mark Qatar National Day 2020 from December 17 to 19, 2020 starting at 6:30 pm. Visit the DFI website for tickets:https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/nowplaying
Location: Ajyal Drive In Cinema at Lusail
To mark Qatar National Day, the Qatar National Library has created special celebratory online events for the whole month of December 2020. There are events such as 'The History of Qatar in Maps', 'Cup of Coffee With Mariam Farid', 'Explore the Ecology of Qatar's Marine and Terrestrial Environments', and 'What Do You Know About Qatar?' among others.
For the full list of events, check here: https://www.qnl.qa/en/events/qnd/2020
According to Lagoona Mall's social media, the mall will be holding special activities and shows at the Lagoona Mall Piazza starting December 10 until December 16, from 4 pm to 10 pm during weekdays and from 4 pm until 12 midnight during weekends.
The “Our Heritage… Our Identity” Event includes:
Traditional Dhow Show showcasing the following :
There will also be a miniature dhow light show parade in the water feature at the Piazza area, a traditional tent, gift distribution booths, and nice displays for photo ops.
The mall assures the public that all covid-19 precautionary measures set by the Ministry of Public Health will be adhered to.
To find more about Qatar National Day 2020 events, please visit QatarNationalDay.qa
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