The two days celebration kicked off by Dr HE Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti, the General Manager of Katara by opening a Cultural Village at Katara Esplanade.
Qatar National Day celebrations that featured more than 48 events was in association with different institutions, authorities and associations in Qatar.
Military parade by the Emiri Guard at Katara Esplanade was key attraction of event on the first day of the celebration.
Senior officials in the Emir Guard headed the 50 member's musical band and 24 members' artillery and a cavalry of 12 members followed them. Hundreds people lined up at the both side of Katara Esplanade greeted parade by waving their hands and raising patriotic slogans prizing their country and its great leadership.
The musical program presented the by the band at the Amphitheater was witnessed by the large number of people thronged at the venue. The music reflects the patriotic flavors accepted with wide applauses by the audience thronged at the venue.
Katara also honored the three band members who composed the music for renowned Qatari traditional song "My Beloved Qatar" at a function held at Amphitheater.
The lyricist honored on occasion was Abdullah Abdul Karim al Hamadi. The musicians Abdulaziz Naser al Obaidan and the singer Muhamed al Saai.
HE Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti said, "I am really pleased to tribute honor to Qatari musicians who gave homage to their homeland. Katara that has always been guardian of talented people and now it is providing tribune for poets and supporting creative people who were highlighted the rich tradition of Qatar in their poems."
Highlighting the rich tradition, a ceremonial military reception given to the students sailor led by a student-caption at the Qatar Leadership Academy.
The Brigadier General at Qatar Leadership Academy, Ali Ahmad al Kuwari, said: "I really proud to witness the achievement of our students who have made these initiatives to revive our heritage that stress the sense of belongings of our identity and illustrate their leadership skills"
The temporary cultural village opened on occasion brought the attention of large number of people including different expatriate communities. The shops at this temporary village was showcased the great tradition proud culture of Qatar. The shops offered ethnic pieces of electronics equipment; leather goods, tele printers, cameras and many other items brought the visitors to the glorious past of Qatar and its life. The eateries at the village not only offered the traditional Qatari recipes but verities of mouth-watering dishes that are popular in different parts of the world. The stalls offered hand weaved shawls and caps were the other hit among many other shops at the cultural village.
Similar to the previous years, Katara has given much priority for children and their entertainments. The opportunity offered for talents were inspired even the small children to perform on the stage which is specially made of the children.
The 'Loyalty Book' was the other hotspot of the even. Including expatriates, large number of people marketed their loyalty and gratitude on the huge paper-wall set the beach-front of Katara. The words 'I Love Qatar' written in Arabic, English, Hindi, French and many other Asian and European made the spot most crowded one at the venue.
The other events caught the public attention were included horseback tours at the Katara esplanade, some international and national musical shows and para-jumping show by the Armed Forces.
A series of exciting program have also slated on Saturday, the second day of the celebration.