National Sports Day in Qatar in 2021

National Sports Day in Qatar in 2021

  Dates of National Sports Day in Qatar
2022 Qatar Tue, Feb 8 National Holiday
2021 Qatar Tue, Feb 9 National Holiday
2020 Qatar Tue, Feb 11 National Holiday
2019 Qatar Tue, Feb 12 National Holiday
2018 Qatar Tue, Feb 13 National Holiday
  Summary
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

When is National Sports Day?

This public holiday in Qatar 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.

History of National Sports Day

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, more than a hundred government ministries and private sector organisations organise a series of public events and encourage their employees to engage enthusiastically in sports activities. Activities range from football to basketball, tennis to taekwondo, cycling to swimming, with countless free sporting sessions and social competitions, available to all ages and abilities to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in sport.

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 a 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.

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