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New hashtag on Qatar sparks online debate about country’s merits

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

A new trending hashtag about Qatar on Twitter has sparked an online debate, with many participants expressing their love and support for the country, while others attacked the nation and its foreign policy.

The Arabic hashtag قول_كلمة_لقطر#, or “say a word for Qatar,” launched yesterday, and includes hundreds of tweets from Qataris, Doha-based expats and people living abroad.

It remains unclear how the hashtag got started. But speaking to Doha News, one of the participants, Abdel Latif Al Jassem, said many people who commented wished to express their gratitude for Qatar.

https://twitter.com/G_3360/status/618675666427363328

Translation: By Allah, I love you Qatar, we praise you nation.

Translation: I visited it a few times and found only civilization, development and respect for their guests (tourists)…Thank you Qatar.

Others said they believed the hashtag was created to give people from around the region a chance to speak their minds about the Gulf country.

https://twitter.com/ali_mahmoud3/status/618596971792723969

Translation: We are not (your) slaves.

Other comments were more light-hearted, poking fun at the country’s small size and population of two million people, which includes 755 districts and eight municipalities, each with its own distinct name.

Translation: Did you know that the two litter bottle of Pepsi is banned in Qatar, because if it foams over, (the people of Qatar) will drown.

Translation: Qatar is the easiest country to count its population, through this device (referring to the abacus in the picture).

Foreign policy

Many of the tweets focused on Qatar’s foreign policy, specifically toward Arab countries such as Egypt.

Qatar was against the military ousting of former Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood-backed Muhammad Morsi in 2013.

This has caused tension between the country and its GCC neighbors, as well as Egypt, who previously accused Qatar of supporting the Brotherhood – which many countries view as a threat to their own governments.

https://twitter.com/FAFBM/status/618686919791112192

Translation: Distance yourself from the deviated ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. What’s your business with the Brotherhood’s ideology?

But not everyone lambasted Qatar’s foreign efforts:

https://twitter.com/4004abdullah/status/618633442213756928

Translation: $50 million to support the Rohingya (Muslims) in Indonesia. Reconstruction of Gaza after the Zionist occupation. Supporting the Syrian Revolution…Thank you Qatar.

https://twitter.com/az111222/status/618692883940413440

Translation: Qatar is a country we love and we love its people; if there are political differences, we won’t allow them to cause a rift between us as the people.

What would you like to say for Qatar? Thoughts?

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Subedi
Subedi
6 years ago

Why is the hashtag in Arabic, when more than 70% of Qatari population do not read ,write or understand Arabic.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Subedi

because it was started by arabs probably. you’re more than welcome to start one in english

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
6 years ago

Isn’t that what Doha News is for?

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

Why would DohaNews start a controversial hash tag? How is that news? 🙂

Kz
Kz
6 years ago
Reply to  DavidRSS8

Doha news is for reporting on it. You can start one of you want.

Zeit
Zeit
6 years ago
Reply to  Subedi

Cause Arabic is the official language of Qatar and spoken by lot many in Qatar. Ofcourse you never bothered learning it. Its anothet matter if you were in germany, you would have learnt german in a month.

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago
Reply to  Zeit

Maybe because the German employers might have included German language classes as part of the recruitment of foreign workers

Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
6 years ago
Reply to  zoeval

Your hypothetical situation is indeed correct. I worked in Qatar and several members of staff begged QF for Arabic courses again and again for years. We were very interested in learning Arabic, or at least trying. I left Qatar for Germany, and guess what? German language classes offered to all interested staff starting the first week we arrived!

Aussiegirl
Aussiegirl
6 years ago
Reply to  Ryan Miller

Damn those Germans and their pesky efficiency, do they have to show the whole world up all the time?

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago
Reply to  Aussiegirl

🙂

Zeit
Zeit
6 years ago
Reply to  zoeval

Even that should be spoonfed to you. Anything else you want?

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago
Reply to  Zeit

Yes, Freedom to leave the country without asking permission from one’s employer.

Meh
Meh
6 years ago

*crickets chirping*

Michkey
Michkey
6 years ago
Reply to  Meh

Your username will suffice!

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Michkey

Yeah, it also aptly describes your education and work skills.

No Suprise
No Suprise
6 years ago

The negative tweets come mainly from Egypt.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  No Suprise

It is either Egyptians or Emiratis. Egypitans are Pro-Sissi idiots and Emiratis are security services staff insulting Qatar. It makes the hash tag futile with few interesting tweets and mostly stupid and indecent insults

Nuremburg
Nuremburg
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Most of the Emiratis I’ve seen on Twitter lately act like clones of that buffoon Dhahi Khalfan when it comes to foreign policy.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Nuremburg

That guy is the Kadhafi of the UAE, but with less powers (Thank God)

Nuremburg
Nuremburg
6 years ago
Reply to  No Suprise

It’s incredibly hypocritical. They really need to take a look at their own tyrannical foreign and domestic policies before they criticize those of another country, imo.

HalfManArmy
HalfManArmy
6 years ago

Nice, Shabina. Delete my comment that explains how Doha News has no idea what they’re reporting on.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  HalfManArmy

I haven’t deleted anything yet. Will check pending. But if all you’re doing is hurling insults at us, this isn’t the forum for it.

HalfManArmy
HalfManArmy
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Wasn’t deleted. My bad.

Since we’re on the topic, where is the forum to go and hurl insults at you?

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  HalfManArmy

Become a member, start a thread on the private forum 🙂

Michael L
Michael L
6 years ago

We really have hit the silly season … Take a summer vacation DN it’s becoming embarrassing ……

DarkQTR
DarkQTR
6 years ago

Comn Doha News, you can do better…

disqus_IrWclYCZV2
disqus_IrWclYCZV2
6 years ago

Seems to be some very selective tweets.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago

We had some trouble, given all the cursing, in curating the tweets, as this is a family-friendly publication 🙂

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Arabic language learners would have loved to have some insight into all that cursing!

Timtam
Timtam
6 years ago

I honestly didn’t think there’d be any positive tweets from the sheer amount of tweets that kept insulting Qataris with the “finest” of Arabic cusses. Personally, I’m wondering why nobody’s trying to enjoy the last few days of Ramadan and wasting their good deeds by purposely insulting others.

QTR 1
QTR 1
6 years ago

I THINK EGYPTIANS SHOULD BE KICKED OUT TO THEIR COUNTRIES TO EXPRESS THEIR LOVE BETTER

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  QTR 1

Deleting for stereotyping.

Anon
Anon
6 years ago

The Rohingya are in Burma, not Indonesia…………..

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