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 a 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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Corniche road will be closed from 6 am, where all the paths leading to the Corniche will be closed which means you'll have to arrive early to find that prized parking spot and place to sit! But worry not, you can also use the Doha Metro service to avoid issues to look for parking.
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. About 16 parking spaces have been equipped for the public.
It is also possible to use various Doha Metro stations to reach the gathering points and enter the events area. Due to the closures on National Day, access to Al Bidda, Corniche, and West Bay QIC stations will be restricted between 6 am to 12 pm. Alternatively, you can use DECC Stations. The rest of the networks are fully open.
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 9 am December 18.
There will also be stunning air shows happening 18 December morning through the skies over Corniche, featuring amazing smoke displays, huge flags and much more!
Be prepared for a lot more walking 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.
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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 or Waze Map 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!
Weather conditions might upset you as the Meteorological Department has forecasted there will be partly cloudy to cloudy at times with the chance of rain at some places on 18 December. 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.
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. For the differently-abled, Hukoomi gives handy tips on accessibility, allowing everyone to be a part of the celebrations.
Organisers are always on-hand to guide you, 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. The Emergency Service for the Deaf is a distinctive service for persons with special needs whereas the number (992) is specified at the Operations Room in National Command Centre (NCC) to provide the services they require or report through sign language while fire or any other incidents occur.
For any emergency, you can call at 999 as Qatar services Section has a large cadre of police officers and civil servants including Translators of several languages such as English, French, Chinese, Filipino, Urdu, and it works round the clock in shifts
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