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Bank holiday declared in Qatar on New Year’s day 2015

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Though Thursday is not a public holiday, banks and other financial institutions in Qatar will remain closed on New Year’s Day, a Qatar Central Bank representative has confirmed to Doha News.

However, bank employees will still be reporting to work to conduct the annual closing of accounts.

The reason that Jan. 1, 2015 will be a work day for most people is that Qatar does not officially celebrate the new year, and there are no fireworks or big public events planned for Wednesday night.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

However, several things are going on around town – mostly at hotels, but also at beaches and other venues – for those looking to ring in the New Year with company.

Check out our guide for more information here.

For those planning to stay home, Dubai is going to be live-streaming its fireworks show from Burj Khalifa.

Keep in mind that the emirate is one hour ahead of us, so the spectacle should begin around 11pm our time on Dec. 31.

What are your plans? Thoughts?

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Mohammad Abdul Rahman Siddqui
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Siddqui
6 years ago

*Dec 31

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago

Good catch, thanks 🙂

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

While the rest of the world celebrates New Years, Qatar does not. Dare I say that has something to do with religion?

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

no more to do with difference in culture… not the whole world celebrates it and not the whole world gives an official day off… public holidays in Qatar are only given for the two Eids and National day, plus sports day which is officially not a day off but no one bothers to show up at work…

unlike other parts of the world we do not have a day off for new years, labor day, prophet birthday or other western holidays like easter, xmas, thanksgiving, new years…

sorry our national holidays are not in sync with western holidays… we promise we will try to harder in 2015 as to not inconvenience any of our western expats… or arab as the case may be…

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

Again there you go again dividing us into West and, I guess East. To say this has nothing to do with the Islamic calendar would be naive. Wouldn’t want to piss off our friends the IS now would we. And where else do they NOT celebrate New Years? Yes Sports Day is a National Holiday. You’d think you’d know that.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Ah yes I’m insulted

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

You don’t even know your own national holidays. idj

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Clearly we should follow the fine examples of your country, Egypt, Oh wait nevermind.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Funny you assume I’m Egyptian. Although given the choice of here or there I’d take there every time.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Dude don’t get so angry, theres nothing wrong with being egyptian

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

I’m not angry. I’d be proud to say so.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

And by the way, No one is forcing you to stay here, No one even wants you here, If you’d take there any time why not just go? or is there another reason you love staying here?

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Egypt is poor but money can’t buy what this country lacks.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Egypt is worse than poor bro, Calling it corrupt would be an understatement.

Bornrich
Bornrich
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

If the West stuck to the Julian Calendar instead of the Gregorian Calendar New Year’s Day would be celebrated on January 12 instead.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Bornrich

If the moon was made of cheese then world hunger would cease to exist…. ???

Scarletti
Scarletti
6 years ago
Reply to  Bornrich

it is nothing to do with religion new year is not religious at all…. and the calender change was driven by science to reflect the true lunar cycle and sun orbit

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

But the Islamic New year is different from the “western” new year.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

They just used the lunar calendar which was easy for less advanved cultures to use, many different cultures adopting this method as it is easy to follow the phases of the moon, nothing religious at all. What surprises me is that God did not reveal in the Koran the solar calendar, much more useful for knowing seasons and much more logical. Must have skipped his mind.

Elkhorn
Elkhorn
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Even if it is a matter of religion, why do you need to question it? Are you so frustrated that even the smallest thing bothers you?

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Elkhorn

I’m just saying it’s a bit ludicrous that it’s not a national holiday here, like in the rest of the world.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Nah it’s not

terracotta
terracotta
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

whats so ludicrous about it?

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  desertCard

“the rest of the world”??? ludicrous???

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Elkhorn

Although i disagree with his comment and disagree with yours more. Everything needs to be questioned, especially religions as they make outrageous claims.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Whats wrong with mine :’ (

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Just because in the UAE the government announced Jan 1 and Jan 3 both as holidays (New Years Day and Prophet’s Birthday) doesn’t mean Qatar will, or should, follow suit.

Curiosity Killed the Cat
Curiosity Killed the Cat
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Fryer

I was in Abu Dhabi on the 24th October for a crazy expat weekend away, you know, the one where we just go to brunches drink alcohol and do crazy middle age westerner stuff like demand hand towels to freshen up and was told NO it’s Muslim New Year. The hotel does not permit alcohol, music, dancing, smiling, fraternising, enjoyment or any sort or smirking during the next 48 hours. Obviously I was annoyed, a weekend away meant much smirking at my partner as he attempted to relive his crazy expat youth. Sadly no fireworks. Just how many New Years can one country bear?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

lol

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

Holidays in the West are money-making days. Qatar has enough money and doesn’t need to milk its people on designated days. They can do that every day.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

Holidays everywhere are money making days.

Karam Bouini
Karam Bouini
6 years ago

Happy New Year everyone… chillax and stop fighting.. enjoy the weekend if you are working on 1st. 🙂

Spandex
Spandex
6 years ago

Was never much into New Years celebrations; just seems like any other day to me. There has and will be many “new years” don’t really see where it’s that special or worth “celebration”. Just one year closer for my bits to become all saggy 😛 (just kidding…kind of) It’s not a big deal if Qatar does nothing for it.

yesjay
yesjay
6 years ago

All I know is that only the calendar changes…..not any ones attitude, for god’s sake!

Smile
Smile
6 years ago

is Eid al-Adha federal public holiday in the United States and UK? …Just curious.

Smile
Smile
6 years ago

Whats wrong in pronouncing Eid al-Adha federal public holiday in the United States and UK? Millions of Muslims are citizens….

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Smile

Why isn’t Christmas here?

Smile
Smile
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

desertCard, i asked this question because many people voiced their concern about new year not pronounced public holiday here.

Mr Fish
Mr Fish
6 years ago

Unless the planet earth has changed since I last looked, North Korea, China and the North Pole are not western countries!

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