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Posted On: 19 December 2012 02:32 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Private, govt institutions mark National Day

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Many private and government institutions celebrated Qatar National Day (QND) with various activities during the week, showcasing the country’s traditions and culture. Wyndham Grand Regency Doha celebrated the National Day in truly ‘Grand’ style. The hotel’s façade, was adorned with a huge Qatari flag and special lighting, and guests and visitors to the hotel yesterday were treated to slices of the biggest cake in Doha, served by staff dressed in traditional costume. Executive Chef Jameel El Nabtiti said: “This cake’s weight is 500kg, made from 200kg of dates, its diameter is 5.7 metres, and pure natural ingredients were used to make this cake to make sure that it’s very healthy. Twelve of our professional chefs participated in baking this huge cake.” There is also still a big chance to win prizes by entering the hotel’s online photography competition which is open until tomorrow. The Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center held a full schedule of activities on Sunday and Monday to mark the Qatar National Day. HBKU launched its celebrations through a display of Qatari art at the HBKU Student Center Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases photography from the Qatar Photographic Society and will welcome visitors until December 21. In addition, HBKU hosted ‘Share Your Vision for Qatar,’ a discussion held in the Student Center Majlis, on December 16 that engaged staff, students and faculty. The discussion enabled all to participate in an educational dialogue regarding Qatar’s future and Qatar National Vision 2030. Awsaj Academy, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, celebrated Qatar National Day with special events. Both Awsaj Academy staff and students came to the school dressed proudly in their finest traditional Qatari attire. The celebrations began with an indoor programme, commencing with the reciting of the Holy Quran and a rendition of the National Anthem. Academy students then performed a traditional play, organised by the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department, followed by a draw for the winners of a national information competition organised by the Awsaj Academy’s art teacher. Sharq Village and Spa also joined in the festivities with special activities with the community as well as with hotel guests. Sharq Village and Spa had organised an exclusive visit to Al Rumailah Hospital to celebrate Qatar National Day with kids with special needs simply because this was part of their commitment to the community and especially to those kids who they build a strong relationship with throughout 2012. “We are proud to be a part of the community in Doha and Qatar National Day provides the perfect platform for us to celebrate with our guests. We feel privileged by being able to share this celebration with these kids,” said Carsten Fritz, General Manager of Sharq Village and Spa. The Peninsula