We are not going to differentiate among fellow citizens, nationals from other GCC countries or expatriates. Everyone is equal in the eyes of the law.

Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, director of the Traffic Department, in a warning to motorists ahead of Tuesday’s National Day celebrations.


In recent remarks on Qatar Radio’s “Good Morning, My Beloved Country,” Al Kharji added that police will be on the lookout for cars whose decorations violate the rules and for reckless driving, including standing up and sticking heads out of sunroofs. 

Such displays have grown increasingly common over the past few years, causing traffic snarls during the evening of QND and leaving Qatar’s streets littered with garbage the morning after.

Though Qatar has promised to crack down on “uncivil” behavior this year, many residents have expressed skepticism that this will happen, given that traffic police rarely pull people over during the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, organizers are offering an outlet for those inclined to celebrate QND by going for a ride.

The Peninsula reports:

According to Al Kharji, a car parade will be allowed from 5pm onwards on the National Day, and it will start from near the Ras Abu Aboud flyover. The maximum speed allowed will be between 10 and 11 km per hour and the parade will culminate at the Sheraton roundabout on the Corniche.


Credit: Photo by Xavier Bouchevreau

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