Latest Announcements from Ministry of Interior on Qatar National Day 2020 Program Flow, Security Measures

  • 9 months   ago

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year's Qatar National Day celebration will be different from the regular program flow.

In a press briefing held today, the Security Committee of the Qatar National Day celebrations, announced the safety and security measures to be implemented during the ocassion. 

The Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) invited the members of the media to discuss the government's "Organizational Procedures of Qatar National Day" Celebrations on December 18, 2020.

The conference was held today, December 14, 11:00 AM, at the headquarters of Establishments' and Missions' Security Department in Salwa Road, Doha.

According to Mr. Faisal Al Huwadi, the Community Reach Out Office Coordinator of MoI's Public Relations Department, the event is restricted for those who will be getting a special invitation from the Organizing Committee.

Here are some of the announcements made by the MoI official in today's press briefing:

There will be strict health measures from the Ministry of Health including checking of body temperature, wearing facemask, between attendees maintaining distance, showing the Ehteraz app when they enter.

The Security government area will be starting from the headquarters of the Council of Ministers and will be ending at the signal in front of the Ooredoo section, in front of the Sheraton, and will be going towards the signal in front of the Al Fardan Tower, and it will be covering Al Barzan building, then it will be heading towards the National Theatre and Civil Defense roundabout which is the Al Manai Tunnel, then it will be covered by the Amiri Diwan Sheikh Mosque, it will be reaching towards the headquarters of council of Ministers.

Anybody entering these areas without the invitation cards including the citizens as well as the expatriates will be prevented or stopped at the entry points.

For the invitees, there will be special parking areas (underground, inside the Al Bidda park areas) and there will be Qatar Red Cresent Society (QRCS) officials to ensure the safety measures. 

After the safety procedures taken by the QRCS officials, there will be security checking by the security persons from the Ministry of Interior.

The total number of the invitees will be 2,569. Before, approximately, the total number of seats in the previous years were 19,000 plus and now, this year, because of the security measures, the number of seats has been reduced to 2,569.

Those who will be entering the parking with the invitation passes, they will be gathered to their specified parking through the barcode found in the invitation.

Those who will be coming to the parking area, they should be, even they have the invitation, the original invitation should be produced at the entry points, and anybody more than (the number of) invitees (specified in the invitation pass) will not be allowed to enter the venue. 

At 8:30 pm, on Friday evening, there will be fireworks and all events will be broadcast through the website of Doha 360 (the official channel of Qatar National Day Organizing Committee) and its social media accounts. 

The Security Committee has hired Civil Defense and Ambulance Services for those will be attending the event.

Regarding the Security Agencies will be stopping the movement of pedestrians from the midnight of Thursday and will be stopped completely by the early morning of Friday. 

The time of the parade is not yet fixed or unknown, but the program will be held on Friday morning. Approximate time is 9:00 or 9:30 AM.

Those who have invitations, they should be reaching their seats by 7:00 AM. The invitations given for the healthcare workers and their families as recognition and appreciation for their service during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 


Here is Qatar Day's coverage on the press briefing:

NOTE: The official press release in line with the "Organizational Procedures of Qatar National Day" will be released today by the Public Relations Department of MoI.

Source: Ministry of Interior