People from different walksof life thronged at Katara beach, Esplanade and Amphitheater to witness the magic of fireworks and many other exciting and refreshing programmes.
The Cultural Village replicated at the beach also witnessed a huge crowed on Saturday. The exhibits put for sale and showcase at many shops at this cultural village not only depicted the rich tradition of Qatari life but invited the visitors to the history. The flow of people to these unique stalls at Cultural Village has continued even at the late hours of Saturday.
Commenting on the significant turnout of visitors during the national day, the General Manger of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, HE. Dr. Kha;id bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti said: "Compared to previous years, the number of visitors has significantly increased which indicates Katara's success at grabbing visitors and illustrates its position as a key destination for the national day not only for Qatari people , but also for tourists, expatriates and GCC nationals."
Visiting different such stalls, Muhamad Nasser al Ali, a Qatari national said, "Qatar National Day offers an opportunity for entire population to know more about the rich tradition of Qatar. The activities organised here creates a sense of proud among people."
The cultural shows conducted mainly for children were other crowd pulling spot at the celebration. Large number of children wearing their traditional attire performed on stage.
A member at the Organsing committee said, "Children have presented their outstanding skills on stage even without the proper rehearsal. The dances, games and many other funs inspired everybody who was gathered around".
Saif Rahim, An Asian expatriate said, "We are rarely getting a chance such a wonderful opportunity to meet different expatriate communities at a single platform. It creates a feel of oneness among us even though we are belonging to different culture and tradition".
'Loyalty Book' that offered the public to mark their signature of solidarity to Qatar and its leadership was one of the other most crowed destination at Katara Esplanade on the second day. Including expatriate community large number of people marked their solidarity and loyalty in Loyalty Book by their own handwriting.
Flying of parachutes by Qatar Armed Force, Commercial Harrods Village at Shakespeare Street, 'Colours of Patriotism' – a workshop organised for children at beach front and art gallery, Students Army Parade by the students from Qatar Leadership Academy of Qatar Foundation, exhibitions by Al Gannas Society, exhibition of traditional tents and photo exhibition by Algalayel Championship, theater and literary competitions organised by Childhood Cultural Center, an exhibition of classical cars by Al Nahdi Car Accessories, Antiquities exhibition by Katara Cultural Market, display of motor cycle and its related information provided by Al Daam Motorcycle Team, display of Qatar's map by Doha Girls Center, Marine Exhibition initiated by Marine Sports Steps Company, kids workshop for paper crafts and paintings hosted by Al Faisal Social Responsibility Center, sewing and embroidery workshop conducted by Lavender Center for Housekeeping Training, children's workshop and e-competitions by Vodafone Qatar, documentary screening and programme on 'Qatar Hospitality' organised by Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue were the key participants in the programme.
Exhibition of camel riding accessories, demonstration of handicrafts making organised by Ooredoo was the other highlight at the celebration.
Qatar Charity, Qatar Youth Hobbies Center, Mannai Corporation and Qatar Heritage and Identity Center also joined with the two days National Day celebrations at Katara.