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Preparations for National Day festivities get underway

With less than a month to go before Qatar National Day, stands for the annual parade are already beginning to come up on the Corniche. Several shops, hotels, restaurants are all getting ready for the holiday on 18th December.

This marks the date in 1878 when Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani rallied the tribes of the peninsula into a unified people.  Just last week, the official social media accounts were revived following a year-long hiatus.

They are now working to strengthen the Qatari pride and encourage community members to participate in the forthcoming events. This year’s theme has been set to reflect the changing times.

The slogan has been derived from a saying by Sheikh Jassim, “We are tamers of difficulties”.

Several shops in Qatar are already selling the Qatari flags and other items, including merchants at Souq Al Dira and Souq Al Jabor and Al Rawnaq near TV Roundabout. The Qatari flags are being sold for QR105 to QR400, based on their size.

The shop is also selling a range of merchandise with Emir Sheikh Tamim’s picture. Moreover, several items in national colors are on sale, including wigs, “I Love Qatar” wrist bands, jewelry, key chains, hats, scarves and car bumper stickers. All items cost about QR2 to QR100. More related items are on way, said a salesperson.

Meanwhile, in Al Sadd, preparations are on for opening of Darb Al Saii, with several tents being erect, while construction works are in progress. The grounds typically kick-off festivities about 10 days prior to actual holiday. The festivities are expected to happen between 8th and 20th December.

Darb is used as a way for visitors to learn more about Qatar’s past with farm animals, food and other items being displayed and place for sale.

Posted on 23/11/2016

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