Everyone (well, not everyone I guess hehee!) is excited for the Qatar Day - National Holiday, so many activities to attend, so many promotions and sales at the shopping centers, free public viewing of various national museums.
So if you are interested, and wanna keep yourself busy this coming 18th December, here is the list of what's gonna happen: +_+
Just click the image to enlarge :)
On Sunday, Dec. 15, stations representing Qatar’s past, present and future will open to the public in the afternoon (from 4pm to 10pm):
- Qatar’s Past Station is located at the Al Bidda Promontory (opposite the park) and features marine handicrafts, arts and dhows
- Modern Qatar’s Station is located at the Oryx Jetty (where Balhambar Restaurant and the Orry statue are) and offers a classic cars exhibition and kids painting activities
- Qatar’s Future Station is at the Sheraton Park (opposite the park) and will have a kids cinema, and a “2030″ tent, explaining the country’s vision for the future
The stations continue through National Day, and will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to noon and 4pm to 10pm. A “2030 train” will give children a tour of the three stations, while dhows will also transport visitors between them.
The biggest event on the Corniche will be the National Day Parade, which takes place opposite Al Bidda Park from 8am to 9am, and usually includes marches by the armed forces, civil defense and other governmental bodies. A couple of songs by Qatari students, and aerial and sea displays by the air force and navy, respectively, will also feature.
On the evening of the 18th, Corniche visitors will be treated to a performance by the Qatar Orchestra from 9:30pm to 10:15pm, and fireworks will happen between 10pm and 10:10pm.
Beware though – traffic on the evening of National Day has led to hours of gridlock in years past, as young men cruise around town to celebrate the holiday. Road closures, traffic jams and engine revving noises have been one of the biggest complaints from residents about QND.