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More than 111,000 visitors join QF at National Day celebrations during Darb El-Saai

Activities designed to promote knowledge and appreciation of Qatar's heritage

Qatar Foundation (QF) for Education, Science and Community Development’s (QF) National Day celebrations have come to a close, and, with 111,350 people participating in its Darb El-Saai activities since 8th December, QF’s tent proved, once again, to be overwhelmingly popular.

As an active member of Qatar’s community, QF’s celebrations, designed specifically for the occasion of National Day, reflected its on-going mission of unlocking human potential and building a knowledge-based economy, while protecting local Qatari heritage and enriching cultural life.

Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation, commented on this year’s festivities, saying: “We have much to be thankful for on Qatar National Day 2015. We are proud to celebrate the achievements of Qatar Foundation in this, our 20th year, along with Qatar’s achievements as a whole.”

“It is a testament to the steadfast guidance and support of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar, that this nation is becoming a knowledge-based economy, as per the 2030 National Vision,” Eng Saad added.

Visitors were impressed with the variety of activities on offer, which were designed to be enjoyed by both children and parents alike. This year, QF’s exciting schedule of events focused on five main themes: Education and Lifelong Learning; Research and Innovation; Culture and Heritage Preservation; Sports, Health and Wellbeing; and Sustainability.

Last week, QF also organised a special National Day celebration for its management and staff. The festivities took place in Education City, with over 500 employees attending, and kicked off with the Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) raising the national flag.

Additionally, QF schools hosted a series of fun-filled National Day activities. Qatar Leadership Academy performed the local dance ‘Ardha’, Qatar Academy Al Wakrah marked the occasion with musical performances, and Awsaj Academy students put on a series of traditional shows.

Meanwhile, many of QF’s centres celebrated National Day, hosting activities both within the Darb El-Saai tent and at Education City. Some of this year’s highlights included a horse simulator organised by Al Shaqab, Qatar Green Building Council’s (QGBC) virtual reality game, and Texas A&M University at Qatar’s (TAMUQ) ‘Electronic Circuits’ activity.

The Darb El-Saai committee concluded 13 days of successful celebrations on Sunday evening, officially wrapping up this year’s National Day.