With streets, building and vehicles draped in maroon and white; public and private organisations and institutes holding celebratory events all through the previous weeks and the citizens as well as expatriates in a festive mood, Qatar is all set to celebrate the National Day with the crowning jewel of a ceremonial parade at Doha Corniche 9am Saturday.
Held under the theme ‘Ancestral Meadows: A Matter of Trust’, the occasion aims at strengthening solidarity, loyalty and pride of Qatar national identity with the values of inspiration, participation, innovation and transparency. The theme also reflects how the environment is part of Qatar’s heritage and must be preserved for future generations.
The Qatar National Day parade will feature an infantry parade and air and naval shows, but no military vehicles. The entry for public is by invitation. Access will be allowed only until 7.30am.
There will be spectacular fireworks at Doha Corniche in the evening, after the final match of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021. The musical water fountain and light show, which has been going on for over three weeks, will conclude tomorrow. The show is being held at the Corniche from Al Masrah Park to Pearl Monument.
Aspire Park and Al Wakra Old Souq are two places where a lot of traditional activities have been taking place for several days. Aspire Park is hosting a number of events, including activities and competitions, and the visitors are introduced to Qatari customs and traditions. Activities at Al Wakra Old Souq include several heritage games and competitions, giving children the opportunity to participate in various traditional group games. There is another event focusing on taking photographs inspired by the Qatari heritage along with an exhibition of old photography equipment.
Qatar Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Qatar National Day, and Daam Fund held the first performing arts festival, D’reesha, in Education City, showcasing a variety of local talent.
D’reesha Performing Arts Festival 2021 that concluded Friday was a pioneering event integrating multiple disciplines, ranging from theatre and poetry to research, education and technology. It also explored the nature of performing arts and engage a new generation of innovative artists.
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