Qatar National Day (Arabic: اليوم الوطني لقطر; Al-Yaoum al-Watani) is a national commemoration of Qatar’s unification in 1878. It is celebrated on the 18th of December every year. The holiday was established by a June 21, 2007 decree of the then Crown Prince and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. It is also known as Founder’s Day.
On 18 December 1878, Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father Mohammed bin Thani as ruler of the Qatari Peninsula. He is deemed to have unified all the local tribes by combating external forces, such as the British. He also earned a considerable degree of autonomy for the tribes of the peninsula.
The holiday has been instrumental in developing a sense of national identity among locals and expats and to give people an occasion to honour the history and identity of their country, and to commemorate those who have worked and continue to work to make Qatar a great nation.It has also helped improve knowledge and appreciation of Qatar’s heritage.
The 18th of December is a special day – a day of unity for the people of Qatar.
The holiday is annually celebrated on 18 December. It is a national holiday and most of the public are given the day off from school and work.Prior to the Emiri decree in June 2007, Qatar National Day was annually celebrated on 3 September, the day of Qatar’s independence.
- Fireworks show: Includes music, lights and fireworks.
- Katara National Day celebrations: Festivities and over 20 heritage-themed events are held at Katara Cultural Village.
- National Day parade: Members of the general public parade through the Doha Corniche. Officials from the Armed forces, ISF, Ministry of Interior, and Amiri Guard also participate in the parade.
- Classic car show: Antique cars formerly owned by government officials are showcased.
Qatar Independance Day:
September 3rd 1972 is when Qatar officially gained its independence from the United Kingdom and became an independent sovereign state. In 1972, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani seized power in a palace coup after infighting in the ruling family.