No New Year celebrations in Qatar

Work will go on as usual on New Year’s Day in the Islamic country, while there will be no fireworks or large parties on Wednesday night
No New Year celebrations in Qatar
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By Courtney Trenwith
Wed 31 Dec 2014 11:32 AM

Work will go on as usual for most employees in Qatar on New Year’s Day, with the Islamic state choosing not to declare a day off unlike most of its neighbours.

January 1 is the start of the Gregorian Calendar, the internationally accepted calendar based on Christianity.

While Qatar acknowledges the “Western calendar” in its economy, it also follows the Islamic calendar, the Hijri, which is currently in the year 1436.

The most recent Islamic New Year fell on October 25, according to the Gregorian calendar.

Doha News reported there would be no fireworks or large public events held on Wednesday night to mark the end of the year 2014.

Majority of public and private sector companies would be open on Thursday.

The Qatar Central Bank said financial institutions would be closed, although employees still would attend work.

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