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15 December 2017 06:15 am

Aspire Zone Foundation kicks off its Qatar National Day activities

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To mark this year’s National Day, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) has kicked off its Qatar National Day (QND) activities with a celebration for AZF employees on Thursday morning. The celebrations comprised cultural activities, including the traditional “Ardha” sword dance that was performed by Aspire Academy student-athletes and AZF staff, a falconry and camel corner, and family activities including Henna drawings and a traditional Majlis sitting. 

Thursday’s event was attended by AZF CEO Mohammed Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, Aspire Academy’s Deputy Director General Ali Salem Afifa and other senior staff members from Aspire Logistics, Academy and Aspetar in addition to the Academy students. 

Speaking about the event, Mr. Mohammed Khalifa Al-Suwaidi, AZF CEO said: “The QND’s annual celebration is a testament to Qatar’s success and its blessings thanks to the leadership of his HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. More than 1,000 employees from 87 nationalities from Aspire Zone and its various member organisations – Aspire Academy, Aspire Logistics and Aspetar, were joined by our great student-athletes and took part in marking this great day to express their love for the country that has given us so many opportunities and celebrate its ongoing achievements and growth. This shows that this day is a proud day for everyone who lives here, locals and residents alike.”

Aspire Zone organises public QND activities on Saturday

AZF’s QND activities will resume on Saturday, with thrilling events lined up for all local community members to enjoy. From 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Aspire Park’s skyline will witness one of the biggest parasailing performances conducted by the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya), members of which will descend in different formations into the park behind the lake near Al-Furousiya Street.

At the same time, Lekhwiya’s special forces will  showcase the outstanding horses and police dogs who serve alongside the special forces every day. These will include displays of various horse formations and barrier jumps, and a tent pegging demonstration, an ancient sport during which riders overcome an obstacle course while riding a horse and wielding a sword starting behind Burgeri restaurant. 

Throughout the weekend after sunset, Aspire Park will also dazzle attendees with its beautiful display of maroon LED flowers on the lake, complementing the colourful decorations in place around the park.

‘Dari Qatar’ Film on show in Aspire Park on Sunday evening

AZF, in collaboration with the Doha Film Institute (DFI) will display the ‘Dari Qatar’ Film at 5:15 pm on Sunday evening. Following the screening, the DFI will choose the top five winners in the ‘short film’ competition launched earlier this month by DFI to mark QND. The short films are inspired by speeches from HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

To find out more about Qatar National Day activities in Aspire Zone, download the ‘Life in Aspire’ app or visit www.lifeinaspire.qa