When is National Sports Day?
This public holiday is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday in February. The main objective of the holiday is to promote a healthy lifestyle among Qatar's population.
The first National Sports Day was held in 2012. It followed a decree issued in December 2011 by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent. The decree stated that the second Tuesday in February would be Qatar's National Sports Day.
On the day, all government ministries and private sector organisations must organise a series of public events and encourage their employees to engage enthusiastically in sports activities.
As well as lots of events featuring well known sports, Qatari culture is not forgotten with a competition featuring traditional Al Shawahef rowing taking place.
Celebrating the National Sports Day highlights the role that sport plays as factor in creating a healthy community at both physical and psychological levels. The day is part of the Qatar National Vision 2030 initiative.
Qatar is one of the few nations to dedicate a day for sports.