Canadians in Qatar celebrate Canada 150 and National Flag Day

(From left to right) Cst. Rola Murray, Ruth Norfolk, Ambassador Adrian Norfolk, Lt.-Col. Martin Laflamme

On February 15 each year, we celebrate National Flag of Canada Day, in Canada and at our missions around the world.

As Canadians, we are very proud of our flag. It represents us in times of joy at events such as sporting ones and unifies us in times when we stand together as a nation. In a foreign country, a fluttering Canadian flag somehow transports us back home.

On February 15 each year, we celebrate National Flag of Canada Day, in Canada and at our missions around the world.  This year, the Embassy of Canada to the State of Qatar used Flag Day as an occasion to launch its 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation celebrations.

Ambassador Adrian Norfolk welcomed guests, including Qatar’s Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al-Hammadi, as well as key contacts from the private sector, government, media and cultural organizations. Guests were treated to live Canadian music and some of our signature dishes.

With almost 9,000 Canadians living and working in Qatar, Ambassador Norfolk highlighted that “Canada’s relationship with Qatar is more than just the connection between our governments. Our relationship is built on direct people-to-people connections. Canadians and Qataris have been strengthening the bond between our two peoples for decades and have helped to forge the links between Canada and Qatar that you see today.”

Ambassador Norfolk also recognized the presence of Canadian companies active in different sectors in Qatar such as infrastructure, defence and security oil and gas, food services, legal services, architectural services, transportation, branding and marketing, and recreational products.

The celebration of the Canadian flag launched the embassy’s Canada 150 celebrations in Qatar. With the Canadian flag as the backdrop, it was an opportunity to promote Canada as a strong partner, tourist destination and an inviting country for investment.

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