Although Qatar National Day 2016 celebrations were cancelled across the state in solidarity with the people of Aleppo, Qatar Foundation's site Darb Al Saai brought thousands of visitors to engage in various activities and also donate for a cause.
Amassive fundraising event in collaboration with five leading Qatari charities was held by the National Day organizing committee at Darb Al Saai to help the people of Syria who are being subjected to the worst kinds of repression, torture, displacement and genocide. More than QR250 million was raised in less than six hours to support the Syrians in the besieged city of Aleppo. Over 100 boxes were installed at the venue to receive cash donations, besides special boxes for donations in kind. Jassim and Hamad bin Jassim Charitable Foundation (HBJ Foundation) donated QR50 million and the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs donated QR10 million, among the biggest amounts received in the campaign. Among the companies which donated QR5 million were Qatar Development Bank, Ooredoo and Barwa Real Estate Company. A number of individuals donated one to three million Qatari riyals. A number of private and state-backed companies and institutions supported the campaign with huge donations, including Qatar Cancer Society, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co., Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs, Ahli Bank and Qatar Insurance Company.