We’ve seen messages passed around that women are not allowed to attend the National Day parade as well, but there is no apparent truth to them.
A representative of the Qatar National Day organizing committee has confirmed to us that women are welcome to participate in festivities on December 18.
Blogger Ammar Mohammed also points out that Liuetenant Ali Al-Baridi from the Traffic Department appeared on Al Rayyan TV two days ago to discuss the issue. Al-Baridi said the ban story is fake, but also suggested women carry their driving licenses with them.
The rumor likely started in response to recent events in the neighboring United Arab Emirates. The UAE celebrated its national day earlier this month, but the festivities were marred by numerous reports of women being groped and assaulted amidst the crowds of men.