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15-18 December | 8:00 pm - 8:10 pm

Fireworks show


Music, lights, and giant fireworks. Make sure to get a good spot!

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18-19 December | 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm (18th) 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (19th)

Katara National Day Celebrations

Katara Esplanade

This year's celebrations at Katara will display a line-up of exceptional activities and programs, including entertaining and rich events of military and traditional shows, as well as local and popular-themed competitions and contests that will be staged for your pleasure.

18 December | 7:00 am - 8:00 am

National Day Parade


A fantastic parade where people will get to enjoy a parade by MOI, Emiri Guards, Lekhwiya, Civil Defense and other governmental bodies. There will also be aerial and sea displays by the air force and navy. The Corniche will be closed before 7:00 am, so make sure to get there early!

15-31 December | Sunset-Sunrise

Palm Tree Illunimation

Corniche (and around Qatar)

Don’t forget to pass by the Corniche, to check out the Palm Tree illumination! It's a beautiful sight. Honestly, we wish it could always look like that.

10-23 December | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Mall of Qatar celebrates QND

The Mall of Qatar

Shoppers will also be delighted by the amazing themed stage show, JinRoh Circus with its breathtaking shows, and Triumfo, the friendly roaming giants in their arsenal of wonderful costumes and their pleasant teddy bears.

Al Izbba

8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Ezba

Darb El-Saai

Al Ezba teaches people to ride camels and how to deal with them. To establish the concept of originality and take souvenir photos, you can catch a group of camels during the night parade.

8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Nasa - Rifle shooting

Darb El-Saai

Al Nasa is a sport that Qataris are famous for since ancient times. Qataris are well known for rifle and shotgun shooting as a sport. Come on down to learn the basics of shooting with rifles, pistols, electronic devices and the bow and arrow.


8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Shaqab - Horse riding

Darb El-Saai

The Al Shaqab event provides special trainers to teach visitors horse riding! Kids will also have the opportunity to learn horse riding. There will also be presentations that will provide tips and advice on how to care and breed horses.


8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Doha - Retrospect

Darb El-Saai

View a showcase of Qatar's history and development through the times. Government and Civil organizations have come together to show the public how Qatar became to what it is today.

8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Bidaa

Darb El-Saai

Al Bidaa depicts the embodiment of old marine life in Qatar. The event will have boat-making shops and a host of popular games and competitions.

8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Darb El-Saai

Darb El-Saai grounds

Darb al-Saai, one of the major attractions of the QND 2016 celebrations at the grounds in Al Sadd. It runs from the December 8-20, showcasing different tents by different entities. There will be a food court tent with stalls that sell traditional Qatari food, as well as juice, snacks, and other items.




8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Al Fareej - Neighborhood

Darb El-Saai

Fareej means neighborhood in Arabic. A tent has been set up where there will be traditional cultural activities, such as Ardha Al Qaseed (poetry reciting), and Elmerada (traditional girls dance).

8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Rail Train

Darb El-Saai

A mini replica of the metro rail experience that allows the future generation to simulate this project that inspired both citizens and residents. Jump on board the train!

17 December | 12:00 pm

Qatar Museums National Day Treasure Hunt

Museum of Islamic Art/Al Riwaq

Tickets are on sale for the treasure hunt! They cost QR 50 and will be available at MIA gift shop, QM Gallery at Katara, Mathaf gift shop, and In Q at The Gate Mall.

17-18 Dec | All Day

The Pearl Qatar 'Come Show Off Your Talent'

The Pearl Qatar

Are you a photographer? If so, join them on 17 and 18 December at The Pearl-Qatar to show your talents during their Qatar National Day Celebrations.

Registration: Events@thepearlqatar.com

8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Qatar Traffic

Darb El-Saai

A village dedicated to children that includes a set of recreational and educational activities. These include test driving a car, and getting a (temporary) driver's license after passing the safe driving test in an area provided with streets and special traffic light signals.

8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Darb El-Saai

The Newspapers event will interact with the public at Darb El-Saai by holding competitions in the art of journalism that enshrines the national identity arts, and to encourage journalists of the future from the new generation to practice the profession.


8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Civil Defense

Darb El-Saai

The Civil Defense activities will have workshops, lectures, stage and field presentations to explain safety and security measures, as well the guidelines for emergency exits and to learn about safety and security requirements in camps.


8-20 December | 7:00 am - 1:00 pm | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Health Tent

Darb El-Saai

Free medical check-ups for visitors as well as vaccination against seasonal influenza available at the tent. It also features a healthy studio allowing visitors to take pictures in uniforms of nurses and doctors. There will be workshops and coloring competition for children.

8-20 December | All day event

Al Maqtar - Storytelling

Darb El-Saai

Al Maqtar is an event that showcases a collection of poetry that portray the lifestyle of the desert in ancient times. People visiting will get to learn about the daily life gatherings of the Qatari family, the women’s gathering, the house of the colonel and the house of the hunter.

16-17 December | 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Handog Ng Kulinarya sa Qatar 2016

The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa

A year-end bazaar dedicated to the appreciation of Qatar National Day through Filipino food and culture.