QATAR NATIONAL DAY. Why 18th December?

Every December 18th, we celebrate Qatar National Day in commemoration of the historic day in 1878 when Sheikh Jassem, the founder of the State of Qatar, succeeded his father, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Thani, as the ruler and led the country towards unity.
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December 18th is the day we remember how Qatari national unity was achieved and how Qatar became a distinct and respected nation out of a society torn apart by conflicting tribal loyalties, devoid of security and order, and overrun by invaders.
Qatar's National Day is about honoring the heroes, leaders and people who built this country.
It's also a chance to reflect on the principles on which Qatar was founded - truth, justice, friendship and brotherhood and to remember the values of generosity, loyalty responsibility and sacrifice which are key to Qatar's success today.
Qatar nation has proved in the past, present, and God willing, the future, to be capable of bringing prosperity and building good relationships, both internally and throughout the Arab and Islamic world.
Qatar has proved that it's more than just oil, gas and commerce, but also a guiding light for education, knowledge, innovation and freedom.

Sheik Jassem died on July 17the 1913 ending a fruitful and memorable life.
He was succeeded by his son Sheikh Abdulla bin Jassem Al Thani.

Comments

heero_yuy2

"Everything in this book may be wrong." Illusions: The Adventures of The Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

Dracula

National Day or Founders day is not the independence day. Qatar became independent from the UK on the 3rd September 1971.

In fact, though a protectorate of the UK, Qatar always had its own ruling family and governance.
However, even before an agreement with the UK had been signed, the county’s government was heavily influenced by the UK.

For Qatar, with powerful and aggressive neighbors on its borders, this was a trade off worth paying.

Britain had hoped that Qatar, along with Bahrain, would become part of the UAE.
However, disagreements at the last minute lead to these two countries becoming independent in their own right.

The focus on the Independence day has now moved to National Day.
Perhaps because this is because Qatar was never actually a colony of Britain, just a protectorate.
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plumkiwi

HAPPY NATIONAL DAY TO ALL OF YOU!!!

this is your day (best wishes). . . .*clap *clap *clap

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britexpat

All countries should celebrate their National Day.. It gives the peoples a chance to come together as one nation, irrespective of colour or creed.

Congratulations Qatar...

Dracula

The first of December 1918 represents, for the Romanian people, the triumph of centuries of struggle and sacrifices for achieving the national unitary state.
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Romania and Qatar are linked by traditional and friendly mutually beneficial relationships which resisted vicissitudes of recent history and offer strong potential and determination for progress.

At the 90-th anniversary of the Great Union of 1918, the National Day of their country, Romanian expatriates people wish to the Qatari friendly people further progress and prosperity and a brilliant future to the Romanian-Qatari relations.

tallg

Last year I don't recall any celebrations for National day (18th Dec). It was just a day off work, wasn't it?

britexpat

Who cares..

Usually national days bring the people together and help them forget their miseries for a day or so..

Perhaps, with the economic downturn, this is the tonic and distraction they need...

Have a great day.. looking forward to the pics..

habibidak

where am i last year? i've been here since 2005 am i? yes but...
Best regard to the Qatari Nationality...Goodluck to this country!
HAPPY NATIONAL (INDEPENDENCE DAY!) TO ALL QATARIAN!

Be yourself and live free

stealth

last year was the first time that celebrated this day. But there was nothing special like this year. so none of you have missed anything.
The morning march past was a pretty good sight. That I think was one of the main features of today.

nadt

Happy National day Qatar..I wouldve really like to go but i just couldnt deal with traffic, fighting for parking spaces and lots of crowds with two toddlers...Im sure it wouldve been a great day.

heero_yuy2

British! Always British! LOL XP

"Everything in this book may be wrong." Illusions: The Adventures of The Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

Dracula

Qatar was never actually a colony of Britain, just a protectorate!
A colony is a territory under the immediate political control of a state.
A protectorate, in international law, is an autonomous territory that is protected diplomatically or militarily against third parties by a stronger state or entity, in exchange for which the protectorate usually accepts specified obligations, which may vary greatly, depending on the real nature of their relationship. However, it retains sufficient measure of sovereignty and remains a state under international law.
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wiki dixit

heero_yuy2

Every country the British had left turns sour. LOL

"Everything in this book may be wrong." Illusions: The Adventures of The Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

anonymous

Qasaman, qasaman, qasaman biman rafa' as-seme'
Qasaman biman nashraz.- z.iye'
Qat.arun satbaqa x.auratan
Tasmu birux.i l-aufie'

Siru' 'ala nuhaj il-'u
wa'la z.ia' il 'anbiya'
Qat.arun biqalbi sirat
'azul 'amjaad ul-'iba

Qat.arun ir-rajil al-'awain
X.aumatnu yaum al-inda'
Wax.amaymun yaum as-salam
Jawarix.a yaum al-fida'a
2x

Qasaman, qasaman, qasaman biman rafa' as-seme'
Qasaman biman nashraz- z.iye'
Qat.arun satbaqa x.aratan
Tasmu biruxi l-aufi'e

Swearing by God who erected the sky
Swearing by God who spread the light
Qatar will always be free
Sublimed by the souls of the sinceres
Procede thou on the manners of the ascendants
And advance on Prophet's guidance
In my heart,
Qatar is an epic of glory and dignity
Qatar is land of the early men
Who protect us at time of distress,
Doves they can be at times of peace,
Warriors they are at times of sacrifice

SPEED

ticked at 12:00 18.12.07 ... we witnessed small fire works and my wife asked me what is this for? I told her this is Qatar 1st National Day and the date has just changed.

Yes this time it's seems they are well prepared.

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stealth

the march past was good. Here you need to know the hidden routes that gets you good parking space.

honda-san

wow , what an increadible fireworks they showed people standing there in that cold! who loved it?

nadt

I saw the fireworks from my balconey, it was great...

khasan

may allah keep progress and development for all the nation

who.am.i

I just want to say that the 15-20minute fireworks display was worth the time I spent on the road.. It was dazzling!

cheers,
paul

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