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Festivals & events Discover the highlights of Qatar's cultural calendar of events

January The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament is considered Qatar’s ‘must-attend’ sporting and social event. Images, clockwise from above; Camel racing; Katara Traditional Dhow Festival performance;

February The Souq Waqif Spring Festival, free and lasting around 16 days, features parades, performances and activities. Qatar National Sports Day, on the second Tuesday of February, features a host of sports around Qatar.

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For a country the size of Yorkshire, Qatar certainly pulls its weight when it comes to events. And there’s great diversity – everything from Arabic script calligraphy lessons to falconry exhibitions

March The Qatar Motorcycle

Grand Prix is one of the most spectacular events in MotoGP and is held in the desert at night. The Qatar International Food Festival showcases the country’s diverse cuisine, with more than 60 food stalls and chefs showcasing the latest food trends.

May/June Ramadan is celebrated on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar – the date varies. Eid al-Fitr Festival begins after Ramadan, a national celebration with numerous family events. Dates vary.

September The Eid Al Adha Festival, meaning ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, is a time of gratitude in the Islamic calendar.

November The Katara Traditional Dhow Festival, inspired by Qatar's rich maritime heritage, features displays and folklore activities such as pearl diving, rowing boat launching and more.

December Qatar National Day, on December 18, marks Qatar's unification in 1878, with fireworks, events, a parade through the Doha Corniche and a classic car show.

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