Qatar National Sport Day: where to go and what to do!

On Tuesday, Feb. 14 you should be ready participate in sixth annual Qatar National Sport Day (NSD)!

It’s held on the second Tuesday of February every year.

The public holiday urges residents to adopt more active and healthy lifestyles.

This year there are various activities that you can participate in across the country!

 

MIA Park

Ooredoo is hosting NSD activities at the park for the public from 8am to 5pm. Probably there will be some fitness classes and some games.

 

The Aspire Zone

Doha’s Aspire Zone has served as a focal point during previous Sport Days, and this year is no exception.

An annual 3km fun run that will take place from 8am to 9:30am on NSD. Registration will be open from 6am to 7:45am on the day itself, opposite the Khalifa International Stadium VIP Entrance, near the Torch Hotel. Bring your QID or passport.

You will also be asked for an email address when registering, and must sign a legal waiver.

Sports on the outdoor pitches. From 9am to 3pm, this venue will host football, basketball, volleyball, calisthenics demonstrations, parachute games and movement with music.

Pitch 10 will be designated for young children to engage in fun activities like bouncy castles, obstacle courses, and football skills. Soft play areas for children under the age of two will also be available.

Women-only activities. The Aspire Dome will host sports activities specifically for ladies from 10am to 1pm. This will include gymnastics and basketball under the supervision of coaches from Aspire Academy’s Multi-Sport Skill Development program.

New sports. The Aspire team is bringing some new sports to Qatar this NSD, including “Nordic walking.” This activity apparently burns large numbers of calories and helps achieve total body fitness.

Coaches from the Aspetar hospital will demonstrate the sport to visitors above the age of 18 who are interested in trying it. Demonstrations will start from 11am in front of Aspetar’s West Wing.

Kendo demonstrations. These will be live in collaboration with the Japanese embassy in Doha. Kendo is one of Japan’s oldest martial arts and involves participants competing with bamboo swords. Visitors keen to try it will be able to do so starting at 9am on Pitch 10.

Indoor activities. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a wide range of indoor sports starting from 10am in the Aspire Dome. These include wall climbing, football and fitness and gym classes from the ASPIRE ACTIVE program.

For details of all activities available, see here.

 

Katara

The Katara Cultural Village will host several awesome activities.

They are free and open to the public, and will run from 6am to 10pm on the beach front.

For residents over 50 years old, there will be a 1km jogging competition at 6am. It will begin at Gate 1 on Beach 3, and end near Sukar Pasha.

Registration is open between Feb. 11 to 13, via phone (4408 1421) and email ([email protected]), or online (see here.)

Qatar University is also holding a series of sporting and fitness events at Katara on NSD. They will include:

  • “Sports booths”presented by QU coaches, faculty members and students;
  • Ahealth booth and healthy nutrition corner;
  • Beach soccer and beach volleyballchampionships;
  • Physical fitness andsports training sessions;
  • Sportsactivities for adults and kids; and
  • Aparagliding show performed by a team from the QU Air Sports Club.

Visitors will also be given the opportunity to get free body composition tests to assess their vital capacity, upper body strength, lower body power, core body muscular endurance and agility.

 

Qatar Foundation

The newly-opened Oxygen Park at Education City will host QF’s NSD festivities.

Open to the public from 9am to 4pm, the park will be transformed into an arena for “The Game of Games” contest.

The event, which is open to students and staff at schools within Education City, will pit teams against each other in five areas – strength, balance, concentration, strategy, and enthusiasm.

It’s not all about physical challenges, though. Entrants will apparently have to solve cryptic clues, crack codes and even compose their own anthem.

If you’d like to take part, you can register here.

 

Asian Town

The Asian Town complex will host various activities for NSD, such as a cricket match, a volleyball tournament (for both men and women) and a tug of war.

The events will take place from 8am to 9pm and are open to everyone.

 

Al Khor

There will be many activates for Al Khor residents, including a 5km family walkathon, kids’ cycling races, a football tournament and a kids’ fun village.

You can see details of all of the events, with timings and details of how to register, here.

Al Khor is also the venue for the corporate competition, the Hercules Trophy. If your business would like to take part, you should email [email protected] asap.

 

Al Wakrah

The Al Wakrah Sports Club will host a Sports Fest on NSD that features a procession through town, running races, a tug of war and football matches.

Indian footballer Muhammad Rafi will be the guest of honor, and everyone’s invited.

 

Hotels

The Qatar Tourism Authority has partnered with 40 hotels for its #QatarInMotion campaign on Sports Day.

From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, participating hotels are offering free access to gyms & complimentary fitness classes, as well as discounted memberships and room rates and “healthy” brunches.

See what’s on offer and who’s participating here.

 

Healthy food from the Philippines

The Philippines Embassy‘s Kulinarya campaign is holding a family day and healthy food festival at the City Center Rotana hotel from 8am to 5pm on Feb. 14.

More than 15 Filipino food restaurants will be serving food at the event, and there will be displays from health and wellness programs, as well as fun activities for all the family.

Entrance is free.

 

Are you ready!

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