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This public holiday is always celebrated on December 18th. It is the National Day of Qatar and may also be known as 'Founder's Day'. If December 18th falls on a Friday or Saturday (the weekend in Qatar), then the following Sunday may be given as a one-off public holiday.

Qatar National Day (Al-Yaoum-al-Watani) commemorates the day in 1878 when Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Thani, as the ruler of Qatar.


National Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2021, it falls on a Saturday, and some businesses may choose to follow Saturday opening hours.