This year, the National Day celebrations are being held under the motto ‘As long as it is proven by our deeds ... Qatar remains free’. The motto blends a verse taken from one of the poems by the Founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani, with a phrase from the National Anthem.
The events at Darb Al Saai, the prime venue of the Qatar National Day celebrations, are set to begin immediately after the official opening ceremony. They will start at 4pm Wednesday and run until 11pm with the raising of the flag in the main square in the presence of representatives of the participating entities.
The festivities continue until December 20.
The festivities at Darb Al Saai achieve the National Day vision by strengthening loyalty, unity and pride in Qatar's national identity. They are also meant to commemorate the anniversary of the establishment of Qatar by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani.
About 30 entities from both the government and non-government sectors are participating in the Darb Al Saai festivities and getting larger space this year, such as the Ministry of Interior (MoI), Police College and Kahramaa. Also, space for the Doha Pavilion tent will be increased, in addition to Mawater's classic cars.
Among the important entities participating in the Darb Al Saai festivities are the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice, MoI - which has eight departments taking part in the event, Police College, Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, whose pavilion will highlight safe shopping, activities of the agricultural sector, effectiveness of hygiene and activities of the environmental sector, etc.