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Qatar National Day

A proud land that carries a rich legacy, Qatar celebrates its National Day annually on December 18, a day of great significance for the country's history.


Qatar National Day, also known as the Founder's Day, commemorating the country's unification in 1878, marks the day that Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Bin Thani succeeded his father as leader of the tribes of Qatar.

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Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Bin Thani grew up in Fuwairat, north-east of Qatar, under the patronage of his father, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Thani, the most prominent leader at that time. He received a great education of the Holy Quran, Islamic jurisprudence, and Sharia law, in addition to equestrian etiquette, hunting and shooting skills. He was a man driven by wisdom, prudence, generosity, a man of knowledge, virtue, and a true leader. 

In celebration of the National Day, Qataris decorate their cars and houses by putting on the national flag and hanging pictures of other patriotic symbols. The country's flag is a unique combination of national identity and pride, a symbol of dignity and belonging.

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The State of Qatar takes pride in its people who have preserved their unity and values. The National Day serves as an annual reminder of the country's core values; loyalty, solidarity and pride. It's a day to get inspired by the past, celebrate the present, and gaze at the future - a promising future that preserves the country's rich heritage and identity for generations to come.

The National Day comes every year with a new slogan inspired by the poems of the Founder. The National Day’s slogan has a great importance for its noble messages derived from the poems of Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Bin Thani as these express the strength and pride of Qatar's people and the foundations of faith upon which the country was founded. 

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Qatar National Day 2023 | Activities and Events