*The celebrations to be held at venues across the country
The Organising Committee has announced the launch of Qatar National Day activities for this year, which will be held at various locations across the country in a new form and style.
The celebrations, to be held under the slogan 'Ancestral Meadows: A Matter of Trust', will reflect the importance and value of this major national occasion, and will be up to the expectations of the country's inhabitants, the committee said in a statement.
These events coincide with Qatar's hosting of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 and the global spotlight that is being shed on the country, as the countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 continues.
The activities will be distributed across various locations, including Al Wakra Old Souq, Aspire Park, Qatar Foundation (QF) and Al Ramii Sports Club. Besides, the events will be broadcast live on big screens at the same locations, allowing more people to follow them closely. Further, video clips and documentaries produced for Qatar National Day will be broadcast as well, in addition to the distribution of Qatari flags among spectators and participants.
The activities at Al Wakra Old Souq include various games and competitions, with a focus on heritage games. These will be held from December 14 to 18 on the beach of the souq, giving children the opportunity to participate in various traditional group games.
There will be another event focusing on taking photographs inspired by the Qatari heritage along with an exhibition of old photography equipment.
Further, the events will include an exhibition of the local marine heritage, besides an interactive show on modern sailboats, a quiz competition, heritage games, a formative arts exhibition and painting activities, as well as a number of theatrical shows on related themes. The activities will cover all age groups.
The educational sector will have a considerable participation in the National Day celebrations with some boys' and girls' schools qualifying for the finals of competitions related to the local environment. The concluding ceremony will be held on December 16.
The activities of this sector also include a poem recital competition focusing on the spirit of patriotism with the final to be held on December 17 at Qatar Foundation.
Other activities include shooting contests and traditional Qatari dance shows that will be held from December 14 to 18 at both Aspire Park and Al Wakra and from December 12 to 14 at Qatar Foundation.
Another event on choral singing will be held with the participation of school students from December 14 to 18 at Aspire Park and Al Wakra, and on December 13 and 17 at QF.
Aspire Park will see a variety of activities from December 14 to 18, which will give visitors an opportunity to take part in various interactive events that focus on the Qatari heritage, traditions and ways of life, and enjoy Arabic coffee as well as local solo music. Other activities include camel riding, live painting activities focusing on various components of the local environment.
The Civil Defence will feature at the venue 'the arena of challenge', where children will participate in an active competition and the winners will get prizes. Participation in such competition will be open to children aged 6-12 years. Besides, there will be other activities focusing on raising safety awareness.
Al Ramii Sports Club will feature a number of archery activities at Aspire as well, while Qatari traditional dance shows will be featured with the participation of various entities.
The National Day activities will be staged at the D'reesha performing arts festival that will be held at Qatar Foundation from today until December 17, between 5pm and 8pm, with various related theatrical shows and performances.
The National Day falcons competitions by Al Gannas Qatari Society will be part of the celebration, in addition to various other sports championships such as the Founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani Cup for horses organised by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club, the National Day Indoor Padel Championship and the National Day Endurance Cup.