National Day in Qatar

National Day is a holiday in Qatar that commemorates and celebrates Qatar’s unification in the mid-19th century. It is observed annually on December 18th and is a national holiday on which many people are given the day off from school and work.

Also known as Qatar National Day and Founder’s Day, this holiday has been officially observed since 2007 when Crown Prince and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani decreed it in June of that year. It is a day celebrated across the country with music, fireworks displays, and a variety of other events.

The History of National Day in Qatar

Although National Day has been celebrated for many years as a celebration of Qatar’s independence and the unification of the country, it was originally observed on September 3rd every year. It was not until an Emiri decree in June 2007 that the holiday was moved to December 18th, the date on which it has been observed ever since.

Observing National Day in Qatar

National Day is celebrated far and wide across Qatar in a variety of different ways. At Katara Cultural Village, there are over 20 heritage-themed events planned for this day.

There is also a National Day parade through Doha Corniche that includes the Amiri Guard, and officials from the Armed Forces, Ministry of the Interior, and ISF. Other dignitaries that may be in attendance include the Cabinet of Qatar, the Prime Minister, and the Emir of Qatar.

There is also a classic car show that showcases the antique cars owned by government officials. But the main event of this holiday is the fireworks show, a spectacle that combines music, lights, and fireworks displays. Finally, there is a world military parachuting championship that takes place on this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Qatar (Public holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
December 18 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
December 18 Thursday
Last year (2023)
December 18 Monday