The Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani meeting citizens on the eve of National Day.
DOHA: This year’s National Day, being celebrated with zeal and fervour today, is meant to strengthen the bond between citizens and expatriates.
A highlight of the revelries this year is a host of shows being organised by different expatriate communities and their schools here.
The recently-opened West End Park near the Industrial Area is one of the several venues where expatriate cultural and musical shows have been lined up.
The revelries begin early in the morning with a military parade and parachute jumps on the Corniche by Qatari armed forces personnel.
Some 14,000 seats will be available at designated locations along the Corniche for the morning events. Like every year, this year too, fireworks will be held on the Corniche in the evening.
The two-minute fireworks show being held at Darb Al Saai for the past few days will be held this evening as well.
Entertainment activities are lined up at other venues as well, among them Al Wakra Stadium, Al Rayyan Stadium and Al Khor Stadium.
At Al Rayyan Stadium, a highlight will be a performance by a Filipino band, Whoodesska, and a solo performance by Edgar Gian Bernardino and Vicencio.
There will then be shows of traditional Indonesian music and dance, and traditional Malayasian dance by artistes from Dukhan.
A thematic show titled ‘Wonderful Country in the Desert’ will be held by the Indonesian and Malaysian expatriate communities.
Then, Desi Rockers will present a Bollywood dance show.
Races begin at the Al Rayyan Stadium later.
At Al Wakra Stadium, singing competitions will be held among students from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi schools.
The Pakistani community will present a cultural show later. There will be volleyball and football matches and a medical camp will also be held.
At Al Khor Stadium, members of the Nepalese community and Al Khor community and students from some Indian schools will present cultural shows.
At the Qatar National Cricket Stadium in West End Park, a four-nation T20 cricket tournament will be held. Members of the Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan communities will take part.
A live orchestra will perform at the Corniche from 9.30pm until 10.15pm.
A parade of vintage cars will be held at Darb Al Saai and on the Corniche in the day as well as in the evening.
Malls, shopping complexes and hotels have lined up various events for the day.