Elation, revelry and a bit of dismay marked Qatar’s 2012 National Day celebrations yesterday.
For many, highlights included the parade and activities at Darb Al Sai. But the celebrations appeared to be reserved mainly for families.
Journalist Ted Regencia told Doha News:
Mostly South Asian men were prevented from approaching the Corniche during the parade…They looked so disappointed for being excluded from the festivities. At least they should have been allowed in the later part of the parade route. I almost didn’t see the parade myself…
There was also a spectacular fireworks show last night:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5rpaH421cQ]
But the traffic jams leading up to the show and the snarls that followed were not nearly as popular.
Despite police warnings that violators would be punished, motorists continued to gun their engines, stand up in their vehicles and honk their horns.
And the aftermath of the festivities has yielded no shortage of litter on the streets.
Still, there is some talk of cleaning up the streets, as Qataris did following last year’s QND. We’ll let you know more details as we find them out.
How was your National Day?
Credit: Top photo by James Mitchell/Qatar Foundation; second photo by Ted Regencia