One of the food packets distributed free.
DOHA: Organisers of National Day festivities distributed free food packets to thousands of people who turned up to take part in various events held yesterday to mark the occasion at different locations across the country.
Participants said free food packets were distributed, with small water and juice bottles, at almost every location, including West End Park, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan and Al Khor stadiums.
At the West End Park where most participants were low-income workers from the Industrial Area, some companies like Safa (that markets mineral water) and Saudi Arabia’s Al Marai were distributing water and juice bottles to participants for free.
Al Marai was giving away snacks with juice bottles. A T20 cricket tournament was held at the Cricket Stadium in which Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi teams took part. The Pakistani team emerged the winner.
At the Open Theatre in the West End Park, cultural and musical programs were held by school students from the Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan communities.
Students from an Indian school presented a show in English on Islamic and social values that was a hit with spectators, many of whom were Nepalese.
The show focused, among other issues, on the futility of violence in society. The message was that acts of terrorism are carried out by vested interests and Islamic teachings promote peace and social harmony. An estimated 15,000 people enjoyed day-long events. A Nepalese who gave his name as Mohamed Saleem said he was extremely happy to be there. “I enjoyed all events to the full,” he told this newspaper.