Published on : Thursday, December 19, 2013
December 18 is the National Day of Qatar which commemorates the assumption of power of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad bin Thani in 1878. Parades, light and water shows, and spectacular display of fireworks are the main highlights of the day.
Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, the country transformed itself from a British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. The current emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, ascended the throne in 1995. Hamad was recognized as Qatar’s leader by other countries on the Persian Gulf and several other governments.
Thousands of expatriates from Pakistan and Bangladesh gathered at Al Wakrah Stadium yesterday to celebrate the National Day held under the theme ‘One Love’, highlighting the bond shared between Qataris and expatriates who have made this country their second home. The day-long celebrations had a mix of cultural and sports events, with special performances by school students as well as artists from Pakistan and Bangladesh. Participants sang songs and danced around the venue expressing their joy.
Qatar Airways, Doha International Airport, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), Qatar Aeronautical College and Gulf Helicopters joined hands to host a joint celebration for Qatar National Day.The ceremonial event by the country’s aviation sector featured a lavishly decorated tent held on the grounds surrounding Doha International Airport and the Qatar Airways headquarters.