Qatar National Day is almost upon us and people are getting ready to celebrate the historic occasion. Several major events are planned to show the spirit of the country, allowing people to enjoy themselves and get into the festive mood. There are choices aplenty allowing one and all to show their solidarity with Qatar. As there are huge turnouts at Qatar National Day events and celebrations, traffic congestion is natural fallout.
We've put together some tips to ensure you have a safe celebration and enjoy the festivities at the same time.
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To be able to enjoy the parade, make sure you arrive at the venue early. This allows you to get a prime spot to enjoy the festivities with family and friends. This year, the Qatar National Day parade will start at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, and roads and pedestrian areas will be closed a few hours before the parade, which means you'll have to arrive early at least by 12:00 p.m. noon to find that prized parking spot and place to sit!
The National Day Celebrations Organising Committee has issued maps highlighting the parade's route map, location of food kiosks, and parking areas, along with other facilities available for visitors to the Corniche.
The weather is expected to be nice, so walking shouldn't be a problem -- and you may have to as parking areas are a distance away and you'd have to get to the venue on foot. We suggest wearing shoes you're comfortable walking in, or sneakers. Shuttle services are also available for transport from the parking locations to the Corniche.
Car and road
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Be prepared to spend time in your car because of the wait for parking, or traffic snarls. Large crowds will slow vehicular movement, so make sure you have ample amounts of food, water, and medication just in case.
Traffic jams will be the order of the day near the Corniche before and after the fireworks display. Google Maps can help find alternate routes to reach and leave the venue, and avoid getting caught up in a long queue of vehicles. Tech comes in handy!
Be aware of weather issues
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The Meteorological Department has forecast partly cloudy skies with a chance of rain. Time to bring out the umbrella and extra clothes and footwear in case you get caught up in any rain. Stay warm, as even Qatar can get cold this time of year! Keep the kids bundled up to make sure they don't catch a cold.
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(Weather forecast for 18 December 2018, source: qweather)
Accessibility safety tips
For the differently-abled, Hukoomi gives handy tips on accessibility, allowing everyone to be a part of the celebrations.
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The differently-abled are also a big part of the celebrations, so it's helpful to find out if any events have been organized for them to join in the Qatar National Day festivities.
Be sure to find out where accessible restrooms are located for the differently-abled. Conduct a reconnaissance of areas where events will be held, allowing you to be familiar with locations on the big day.
Visit this link to have information on accessible locations for persons with disabilities.
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Organizers are always on-hand to guide you and they can also be contacted over phone and via email, allowing you the best possible preparations to celebrate. Have your mobile phone handy in case you may need to contact emergency services -- and police should be kept informed in case you have health issues that may call for medical intervention.
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