February 9, 2021
Qatar celebrates National Sports Day on the second Tuesday of February each year. The year 2021 was exceptional due to the corona pandemic and the precautionary measures imposed during this day, with only individual sports allowed such as running, swimming, and cycling. The importance of organizing National Sports Day in Qatar every year is to promote the moral and human values of sport as well as its many health benefits, and to educate citizens and residents about the importance of sport in their daily life, encouraging them to practice it throughout the year.
Our Unity is Our Strength, is the emblem of Qatar National Day 2022. On the occasion, numerous celebrations and events were held to commemorate the founding of the State of Qatar by the founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed bin Thani on December 18, 1878. One of the most important events is Darb Al Saai and its cultural, heritage and historical legacy, highlighting the most authentic customs and traditions of Qatari society as well as the national course on December 18, the day of this year’s FIFA World Cup final in Qatar.
The Ministry of Culture is organizing the first edition of the Ramadan Book Fair, from the 8th to the 16th of April 2022 in the West Square of Souq Waqif. 35 publishers from nine countries are participating in the Ramadan Book Fair. This fair is an extension of the Doha International Book Fair, as it aims to encourage reading, support Qatari publishers by marketing books, expand the readership, develop knowledge, and celebrate the Qatari heritage to enhance authentic cultural values.
For its first time, the Ministry of Culture launched the Seminar Series that will be held from 17 to 31 March 2022. This event will contribute to the establishment of a harmonious and diverse intellectual and cultural environment, enhancing the role of intellectuals and thinkers in Qatar. Dialogue and debates will encourage creativity and consolidate the Qatari identity.
Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Thani, Minister of Culture, the Doha Theater Festival returns for its 34th edition, after an absence of 5 years, organized by the Theater Affairs Center from 16 to 27 March in Katara Cultural Village, and this version of the festival coincides with the 50th year since the beginning of theatrical movement in Qatar.
On the occasion of Qatar Photography Day, the Akkas Photography Center of the Ministry of Culture is organizing Soura Forum 2022 to highlight and develop the hobby of photography in Qatar. The forum extends over two days and includes a series of artistic workshops in various fields of photography.
Qatari Success 2022 kicks off in its fifth edition and this year’s festival includes several forums and events in addition to presenting several workshops over three days at the Qatar National Convention Center.
The 31st edition of the Doha International Book Fair is held under the slogan: Knowledge is Light. This edition marks the achievement of 50 years of exhibition since its first launch in 1972. This year, the United States of America is the guest of honor in accord with the Qatar-America Year of Culture 2021.