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Posted On: 13 December 2016 05:17 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:17 pm

Restrictions on use of private vehicles for National Day celebrations; Vehicle decoration from Dec 15 to 21 only

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Part of the Doha Corniche will be closed for traffic from 6.30 am to 10 am on December 18 for the National Day parade, the General Directorate of Traffic at the Ministry of Interior said yesterday.Vehicle owners intending to decorate their vehicles as part of the National Day celebrations are allowed to do so from December 15 to December 21, after which it will be considered a violation of the rules, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Radi Al Hajri, Director of Media and Awareness at the Department said.

Part of the Corniche from Qatar Post Office to Ras Buabood area will be closed for traffic for the morning parade and again will be open from 10am for the day-long celebrations.

People attending the morning parade need to come to the parking areas at Souq Waqif, Mohammed bin Abdulwahab Mosque, Sheraton park, Doha Port and other designated parking areas before 6.30am. There will be buses to transport them to the National Day parade venue.

“People must respect the privacy and rights of people coming from different parts of the country and other GCC states to take part in the National Day celebrations,” said Al Hajri.
He pointed out to the accessibility of helpline 999 at any time, adding that the system has been set up to identify the location of the caller through the numbers given on the lamp-posts that the security patrols can reach there easily. Any person seeking help or those who lost their children can call this number mentioning the number of nearest lamp-post.

Rules regulating the National Day celebrations prevent changes in the vehicle’s body or colour as well as use of decorations that cover the number plates. Tenting the front and back glasses of the vehicles and the side glass near the driver’s seat is also banned, said First Lieutenant, Ahmed Al Musaifir, Lekhwiya.

People are not allowed to dance between the cars hindering traffic flow, apply spray paint on other cars or pedestrians or engage in stunt shows using their vehicles.
The rules also prohibit putting the Qatari flag in a way covering the back or front side of the vehicles because this can confuse other motorists, said Al Musaifir. However, small flags, pictures of the leaders and other National Day insignia are permitted.

Al Musaifir advised motorists not to carry more than the designated number of passengers, not to stand up through the sunroof or use horns or trumpets or any other noisy devices. There will be traffic and security personnel at all traffic signals, roundabouts, and gathering points to help people.

During the afternoon events and the fireworks on the Corniche area, there will be safe lanes for pedestrians and traffic officers will be available to help the people, said Fahad Buhindi of the Traffic Department. (Source)