Qatar is on full swing to celebrate the first National Sports Day, fall on the second Tuesday of February and also decreed as a holiday. Here are some ideas where to go during National Sports Day (NSD) celebration.
1. Attend your-company organized events
It’s probably the best time when you beat your boss or see them in sportswear or rather informal suit, or to catch up with your colleagues you only see their names on email. For example, Qatargas organizes NSD events at Al Gharafa Club for all its Doha-based employes and families and in Al Khor Community for its Al-Khor-based employees and families.
Where is your company-organized NSD event? If there is, you gotta attend it.
2. Head to for-public NSD events
If your company does not organize any event, why don’t you head to the popular places such as Corniche, Aspire Park, MIA Park, and Katara where big companies and organizations such as QNB, Aspire Zone, Qtel, MIA, and QOC organize events for public. Some offer free gifts (QOC) or big reward (QNB for Mini Marathon).
Take a look the below flyers for details
9.00 – 21.00pm. Corniche with main activities (shooting, football, basketball, table tennis, tennis, athletics, electronic games, face painting, healthy food court, QOC majlees, FIREWORKS!) in QOC Sports Zone at the ground of QPost. Get 2 stamps (one for starts at MIA/Sheraton Park and one for finish line at Sports Zone) for free gift.
Qtel at MIA Park
9am – opening ceremonies. include many competitions and amazing prizes to win
10am – Hala Al Turk
11.30am – Martial Arts
01.00pm – Football talents featuring Arab Got Talent Celebrity Moaatz Al Qwasmi
02.30pm – Skating featuring Arab Got Talent Celebrity Hassan and Hussein
03-05.00pm Karamesh Children, famous children singing group
QNB at Aspire Park Section 2A
Starts at 12noon for activities for the whole families followed by mini marathon for amateurs at 2pm. Registration at http://www.qnb.com.qa
A Walk to Remember. Discover up-close Aspire Zone’s amazing world. 10am – 4pm. Enjoy a fun, healthy, informative walk. Get stamps for all 9 points during the walk and claim your free gift.
Indoor and Outdoor activities. From movie show, painting exhibition, lecture, fitness class, and photography exhibition for indoor, to mini marathon, bicycle track, table tennis, beach football, water sports demo, outdoor basketball, beach volley ball, yoga by the sea and sports zone for kids for outdoor activities. Free of charge, some activities require registration.
Government Institutions Across Qatar
Check many events organized by government institutions across Qatar:
3. Grab TV remote and enjoy view-for-free sports channels
Qtel opens its Mozaic sports channels from 11-16 February on the occasion of National Sports Day. Customers will be able to watch a full range of sports on all Al Jazeera, AD Sports, Cricone, Ten Cricket, Neo Cricket, OSN Sports, Fox Sports and Extreme Sports channels.
4. Sports+Valentine’s? Why not…
While I don’t believe Valentine Day and don’t celebrate it, the idea of mixing Sports+Valentine’s is not that bad. Sweat + Love smells romantic?
5. James Blunt concert
The British crooner will have a concert at InterContinental Hotel, 14 Feb, starts at 9pm. Ticket QR250 for general admission and QR500 for VIP, available at Virgin Megastores or InterContinental Hotel Lobby.
Now my plan is to attend Qatargas NSD events in Al Gharafa Sports Club, head to Katara if time permits, then enjoy a full range of Indonesian national dishes brought up by potlucks among Indonesian friends. It seems perfect end after sweating with NSD events (only thing reminds me with Sunday morning jogging at Gedung Sate Bandung that it’s not for the jogging but for the food and its Sunday road-side markets 🙂 )
What is your plan then?