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Republic Day of Qatar – December 18, 2022

Qatar National Day, otherwise known as Founders Day, is celebrated every year on December 18. The holiday commemorates the unification of Qatar in 1878 and was established on June 21, 2007, by former Crown Prince and Heir Apparent of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

History of Republic Day of Qatar

Qatar National Day was established in 2007 by the then Crown Prince and Heir Apparent of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. In previous years, the holiday was celebrated on September 3.

The history of the day is traceable to 1878 when Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani became the ruler of the Qatari Peninsula. Jassim, revered as the founder of Qatar, was born around 1825 and was raised in a village in Qatar, known as Fuwayrit. His father was Mohammed bin Thani, emir of the Qatari Peninsula. While serving as deputy to his father, Jassim acquired important political experience.

At 21 years of age, Jassim and his father moved to Al Bidda, where he demonstrated leadership skills among his peers. He also valued learning and viewed it as a fundamental value. When he eventually became Emir, his reign established Qatar as a stable country and unified the country’s tribes. To date, the House of Thani remains the ruling family of Qatar.

Qatar, officially called the State of Qatar, is a country located in Western Asia. The major ethnic groups in the country are the Arabs, who make up about 40% of the populace, followed by South Asian, Pakistani, Indian, and Iranian ethnic groups. Its major religion is Islam.

Qatar has the third-highest G.D.P in the world and is ranked by the United Nations as a country of very high development. The country operates a unitary absolute monarchy, with Tamim bin Hamad as the Emir and Khalid bin Khalifa as the Prime Minister.

Republic Day of Qatar timeline

Circa 1825
A Ruler is Born

Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani is born in Fuwayrit, Qatar.

1878
The Founder

Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani becomes the ruler of Qatar.

1971
Independence is Achieved

Qatar gains independence from Great Britain.

2007
Qatar National Day is Moved

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani shifts Qatar National day from September 13 to December 18.

Republic Day of Qatar FAQs

Who is the ruler of Qatar?

The Emir of Qatar is Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who ascended the throne in 2013.

What are citizens of Qatar called?

Citizens of Qatar are known as Qataris.

What languages are spoken in Qatar?

The official language of Qatar is Arabic.

How to Observe Republic Day of Qatar

  1. Do research

    Do a little research and increase your knowledge about the beautiful country of Qatar. You might just end up planning a visit.

  2. Buy a flag

    Buy a Qatar flag or post a picture of one you find online. Celebrate with the people of Qatar by honoring them in this special way.

  3. Use the hashtag

    Use the hashtag #qatarnationalday in a post about Qatar. Post an interesting picture or share one of the fun facts you learn in this article.

5 REASONS Why You’ll Want To Visit Qatar

  1. It’s always sunny

    Qatar experiences a summery vibe all year round — whether it’s January or August, Qatar is always sunny.

  2. It has beautiful deserts

    Qatar’s deserts aren’t barren wasteland but are characterized by stunning sand dunes that create a perfect backdrop for Insta-worthy selfies.

  3. You’ll find creative art

    Qatar is the world's largest art buyer, meaning that you can find a wonderful array of artistic creations wherever you go.

  4. It’s both modern and mystical

    East and West converge in Qatar to create a perfect blend of modern technology and old-world beauty.

  5. Outdoor fun abounds

    Adrenaline junkies will appreciate the exciting variety of outdoor activities available in Qatar, from scuba diving to flyboarding to desert camping and kayaking.

Why Republic Day of Qatar is Important

  1. It celebrates unity

    Qatar National Day is important because it celebrates the unity and solidarity of diverse tribes within Qatar. That’s something to appreciate.

  2. It honors great leadership

    This special day also honors the exceptional leadership demonstrated by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of Qatar. Great leaders deserve recognition.

  3. It promotes national consciousness

    The day promotes a spirit of nationalism among the public. Celebrating Qatar National Day is a great way to remind Qataris of the important values that they hold dear.

Republic Day of Qatar dates

YearDateDay
2022December 18Sunday
2023December 18Monday
2024December 18Wednesday
2025December 18Thursday
2026December 18Friday

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