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[UPDATED] All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020

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Qatar National Day is almost here, and we're excited. It's one of the best occasions here in Qatar and one that everyone - locals and expats- love celebrating. It's a time of joy and camaraderie with everyone coming together to pay homage to this beautiful country.

Everything you all need to know about this year's Qatar National Day (celebrated on 18 December every year) is right here. Whether you want to know where you can get decorative items to celebrate this occasion, all about what events are taking place this year, where you can enjoy a nice meal in Doha, and more - you'll find it right here so you can keep it handy and decide how you'll be celebrating Qatar National Day 2020!

We'll be updating this article as we get more information from the relevant authorities and organisations so don't forget to save this link and stay tuned for more updates!

NOTE: If you're attending any of the QND 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.

For more information about Qatar National Day 2020, please visit our website: http://qatarnationalday.qa

Qatar National Day 2020 slogan announced!

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020
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Every year the Qatar National Day Organising Committee reveals a unique slogan for Qatar National Day celebrations. The slogan is usually a quote from a poem by the founder of Qatar - Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Bin Thani. The slogan explains the established faith foundations on which the country was founded and expresses the strength of the people and this land. The Qatar National Day 2020 slogan translates to:

"We praise you, the Lord of the Throne,
We accept your judgment in all actions."

For more details about the slogan for Qatar National Day 2020, please click here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/news/general/qatar-national-day-2020-slogan-announced

Check out the QND slogans from 2017 to 2020 here: Qatar National Day slogans 2020 and over the years

Official holiday for Qatar National Day

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020
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On the occasion of Qatar National Day, the Amiri Diwan has announced that Thursday, 17 December 2020, will be an official holiday and that employees will resume work on Sunday, 20 December 2020.

Read the news here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/news/general/amiri-diwan-announces-official-holiday-for-qatar-national-day-2020

Places to buy Qatar National Day decorative items: 2020 edition

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020
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You see Qatari flags all over Qatar right now as the country gets ready for Qatar National Day. You can buy them from most malls and supermarkets, and even your corner store. For more places in Qatar where you can buy different kinds of Qatar National Day decorative items like flags, caps, clothing, accessories, sunglasses, masks and more to celebrate this special occasion, here's a list of places: https://www.iloveqatar.net/guide/living/places-to-buy-qatar-national-day-decorative-items-2020-edition

Qatar National Day events 2020

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020

Every year, many events are held around the country to celebrate Qatar National Day on December 18. This year, however, the Qatar National Day 2020 celebrations will be a little different due to the COVID-19 restrictions and precautionary measures. There will still be some awesome events taking place like the air show, the parade, the fireworks and events planned at different malls, and we've listed them all here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/news/entertainment/your-guide-to-qatar-national-day-2020-events

No Darb Al Saai events in Qatar this year

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020
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The Organising Committee for the Qatar National Day celebrations has announced that there will be no Darb Al Saai events this year, taking into account the current circumstances related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/news/general/no-darb-al-saai-events-in-qatar-this-year

The best deals in Qatar for National Day 2020

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020

With the Qatar National Day almost here, it's time to celebrate this special occasion in the best way possible! We've rounded up the many restaurants, hotels and other places that are offering some brilliant Qatar National Day 2020 deals and discounts for you. Don't forget to check out the great deals and packages to make your Qatar National Day 2020 a memorable one when you click here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/dining/foodieNews/the-best-deals-in-qatar-for-national-day-2020

Message from MoPH Qatar about following COVID-19 safety precautions during QND 2020

The following is a Qatar National Day 2020 message from MoPH Minister of Health Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari urging all locals and expats to continue following all COVID-19 safety and precautionary measures during this special occasion:

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020
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Restrictions all vehicles must follow during Qatar National Day 2020 celebrations

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020
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Road closures for Qatar National Day 2020

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020
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The Doha Corniche waterfront would be closed to everyone and no citizen, resident or vehicle would be allowed to be in the area as it is gradually closed off starting from at least a night before the Qatar National Day. On Friday 18 December 2020, only those with invitations for the QND parade will be allowed in the area, according to the AlRaya Twitter Page.

Get all the details here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/news/general/road-closures-for-qatar-national-day-2020

Doha Metro Timings for Qatar National Day 2020

The Doha Metro will operate normally on Thursday 17 December and on Friday 18 December, the service will start at 2 pm. On the occasion of National Day, operating hours have been extended and you should plan to arrive at your final destination by 1 am on Saturday 19 December, according to a Tweet by the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram:

QTips: Qatar National Day questions and Qatar National Flag trivia

All you need to know about Qatar National Day 2020

Do you want to know more about Qatar National Day and its celebrations? Who better than Mr. Q and The Qatari Guy to tell you about this special occasion. Watch our throwback videos from the #QTip archives so you can understand more about the Qatar National Day and the Qatari national flag here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/videos/qtips/qtip-qatar-national-day-video

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For more information about Qatar National Day 2020, please visit our website: http://qatarnationalday.qa

Sources: Organising Committee for Qatar National Day; Amiri Diwan; ND Qatar Twitter; ND Qatar Twitter; Amiri Diwan/Qatar News Agency; AlRaya Twitter Page
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