Public Holidays Qatar 2024

Qatar is a nation that has experienced rapid transformation, leveraging its energy resources to become a prominent global player. It continues to focus on economic diversification, cultural development, and playing an active role in international diplomacy.

List of National and Public Holidays in Qatar for the year 2024

  • National Sports Day: Tuesday, 12 February 2024
  • Eid al-Fitr Holiday: Tuesday, 4 June 2024, to Thursday, 6 June 2024
  • Eid al-Adha Holiday: Sunday, 11 August 2024, to Wednesday, 14 August 2024
  • National Day: Wednesday, 18 December 2024
  • National Day Holiday in Qatar: Thursday, 19 December 2024
Flag of Qatar
Flag of Qatar

Facts and Infos about Qatar

  • Population: 1.9 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital of Qatar: Doha
  • Money: 1 Riyal = 100 dirhams
  • Internet domain: .qa
  • International dialling code: +974


  • Early Settlements: Qatar’s history dates back to ancient times, with evidence of early human habitation and trade links.
  • Pearling Era: Historically known for its pearl diving and fishing industry, which was the backbone of its economy until the early 20th century.
  • British Protection: Became a British protectorate in the early 20th century.
  • Independence: Gained independence in 1971, subsequently undergoing rapid modernization and development.


  • Location: A small peninsula in the Persian Gulf, bordering Saudi Arabia, with proximity to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran.
  • Terrain and Climate: Predominantly flat, arid desert land, with a hot, dry climate, and mild winters.


  • Islamic Heritage: A rich Islamic heritage shapes much of Qatar’s cultural and social norms.
  • Arts and Music: Growing arts scene, exemplified by institutions like the Museum of Islamic Art and the Qatar National Museum. Traditional music and dance reflect the Bedouin culture.
  • Cuisine: Features a blend of Arabian, Persian, and Indian flavors. Seafood and dates are staples.


  • Natural Gas and Oil: One of the world’s largest exporters of liquefied natural gas and oil, which has fueled its rapid economic growth.
  • Diversification Efforts: Actively working to diversify its economy through investments in sectors like education, sports, and tourism as part of its Vision 2030.
  • Wealthy Nation: High GDP per capita, with significant investment in infrastructure and global real estate.


  • Demographics: A unique demographic profile with a majority of expatriates. Qataris enjoy high standards of living and social services.
  • Languages: Arabic is the official language, with English widely spoken and used in business and education.
  • Education and Healthcare: Home to Education City, a hub for international universities. Advanced healthcare system with modern facilities.

Environmental Initiatives

  • Sustainability Goals: Initiatives to promote sustainability, particularly in preparation for hosting events like the FIFA World Cup 2022.
  • Challenges: Addressing environmental concerns such as water scarcity and reliance on desalination.

Government and Politics

  • Political Structure: An absolute monarchy with the Emir as the head of state. Political system blends traditional tribal governance with modern administrative structures.
  • International Relations: Active in regional and international diplomacy, particularly within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the United Nations.

Tourism and Culture

  • Cultural Attractions: Investment in cultural attractions like the Katara Cultural Village, and sporting events to boost tourism.
  • Heritage Sites: Historical sites such as Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcase Qatar’s heritage.

Sports and Development

  • Sporting Nation: Hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, significant investments in sports infrastructure and international sports events.
  • Youth and Sports: Focus on developing sports as a part of youth development and national pride.