Sports and games are very important for us.

They keep us healthy and fit. They offer us a change from the monotony of daily life. It is a useful means of entertainment and physical activity. It grants us a means of mental and physical growth, while maintaining a mental balance in the midst of hopes and despair.

They make us learn how to tackle the difficult situation.

Which is why Qatar has put an emphasis on sports and physical activity by declaring the second Tuesday in February to be the country’s National Sports Day, declaring it a national holiday since it first launched in 2012.

The aim of Qatar’s sports day is to promote a healthy lifestyle nationwide, making it one of the few countries to dedicate a day for physical activity rendering it very popular among locals and residents of the country.

The first National Sport Day was held in 2012 and was designated for sporting endeavors by the citizens of Qatar. The day’s main purpose is to promote sports and to educate the local population on ways to reduce health risks associated with an inactive lifestyle, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes.

Many government ministries and private sector companies organize hundreds of activities and sport day events for employees and the general public. Activities range from football to basketball, tennis to taekwondo, cycling to swimming, with countless free sporting sessions and social competitions, available to all.

In this blog post you will find a number of events happening around the Doha during this year’s National Sports Day handpicked by The Town Hotel, situated in close proximity to our location in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Katara Cultural Village

Head over to Cultural Village Katara to participate in many different distinguished activities on the Qatar National Sport Day from 7 am to 5 pm.

Event Details:

Location: Katara Esplanade

Date: 11 February 2020

Time: 07:00 am – 05:00 pm

Price: No Tickets Needed – It’s free!


Aspire Zone

To mark the 9th edition of Qatar National Sport Day 2020, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is organizing sports activities for all family members on Tuesday, 11 February, from 8 am to 3 pm. The activities aim to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity in a fun environment.

Some of the events are organized in collaboration with leading fitness gyms in Qatar.

In addition, many local institutions and companies are organizing their events in Aspire Zone. Join in this sports carnival with your family and friends.

Location: Aspire ZoneDate: 11 February 2020

Time: 08: 00 am – 03:00 pm

Price: No Tickets Needed – It’s free!

Museum of Illusions – Doha

Exercise your brain’s muscles and train your mind with these Dilemma Games on Qatar National Sport Day! Break the record and win exciting prizes!

Location: Museum of Illusions Doha

Date: 11 February 2020

Time: 09:00 am – 10:00 pm

Ticket Purchase: At the door

Price: Family (2 adults -2 kids) – 220QR Adult – 80QR Children under 15 – 60QR


Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation has planned for 80 events on the occasion of national sport day.

This year’s event will feature general fitness, yoga, football, basketball, HIIT workouts, a large-scale obstacle courses for adults and a smaller one for children, mind-stimulating activities, along with other special activations by Dog pound, UN1T, and more. There will also be a designated area for women-only activities.

Location: Qatar Foundation

Date: 9 February 2020 – 13 February 2020

Time: 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Price: No Tickets Needed – It’s free!

Qatar National Library

Celebrate the spirit of sports day by participating in various activities at Qatar National Library that will challenge your mind in fun and educational ways.

Location: Main Plaza, Qatar National Library

Date: 10 February 2020

Time: 04:00 pm – 06:00 pm

Price: First-come, first-served – It’s free!

Qatar Fun Run 2020

Another day, another race! Lace-up your shoes and participate in the Qatar Fun Race 2020! Participants should arrive at 9:00 am. Water & refreshments will be distributed throughout the event.

Food will be served for the participants at the end of the run.

Location: Al Jassasiya street – Al Waab Area

Date: 11 February 2020

Time: 08:00 am – 01:00 pm

Ticket Purchase: Online

Price: Free!


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