Qatar National Day is a national commemoration of Qatar’s unification by the founder, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani. It took place on 18 December of the year 1878. Sheikh Jassim established the rules of the modern State of Qatar. In his reign, Qatar became a unified cohesive entity, and a united independent country.
It was decided to consider this day of every year an official holiday under decree No. (11) in 2007, issued by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Crown Prince and Heir Apparent then on 21 June 2007.
Qatar National Day is an opportunity to introduce the efforts of the founders of the State of Qatar, who endured hardships and paid a heavy price for the unity of their nation. This special day is also to celebrate the founders’ historic accomplishments, which reaffirm the identity of the state and its history. It also represents the ideals and aspirations embraced by the state to strengthen unity and pride in the national Qatari identity.
The day of 18 December is the day of celebrating the memorable moment when Qatar achieved national unity and became an independent state. This day is also an expression of love, pride and gratitude to the great people of Qatar, who stood in solidarity and swore an oath of loyalty and obedience to their leader, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani.
In December, a variety of celebrations and events are held to introduce the heritage of Qatar, and to appreciate the genuine customs and traditions of the Qatari community enhancing the pride for the state. The National Path is one of the celebrations. It falls on 18 December and takes place in Doha Corniche in the presence of His Excellency the Emir – may God protect him – and a large gathering of ministers, dignitaries, citizens and residents. This celebration ends with fireworks illuminating Doha’s night sky.
This year witnesses the organizing of several historical and cultural programs, events and seminars that will be broadcasted on Doha 360 website.
All these programs and events will be held with high regard to highlight the significance of the Qatar National Day as a distinctive national occasion for all people in Qatar.
The Qatar National Day is also highlighted as a day dedicated to strengthening national belonging and loyalty, in addition to expressing all aspects of solidarity, unity and pride in Qatar’s national identity, inspired by its authentic values extended since the founding of the state.