Qatar is celebrating its National Day
On the 18th of December every year, the state of Qatar celebrates its National Day in commemoration of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani, the founder of the state. Under his leadership, Qatar has turned into a single unified and independent entity, and emerged as a coherent and stable country. Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani rallied the tribes of the peninsula into a unified people and created Qatari identity.
Since it was established by Emiri decree in 2007 the 18th of December is a national holiday and most of the public are given the day off from school and work in order to commemorate Qatar’s unification in 1878. People are celebrating the National Day the whole week with fireworks, car shows and boat tours. This year, pre-festivities were kicked off with the opening of a park on December 8th, with different shows and activities, showcasing the country’s traditional food, clothing, housing, perfumes and boat making.
On June 25 in 2013, Sheikh Jassims descendent HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, came to power after HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, stepped down voluntarily, in a move seen by many as a precedent in the Arab region and in the whole world.