I would like to congratulates the state of Qatar goverment and people on the occasion of Qatar National Day. Every December 18th, they celebrate National Day in commemoration of the historic day in 1878 when Shaikh Jasim, the founder of the State of Qatar, succeeded his father, Shaikh Muhammad Bin Thani, as the ruler and led the country toward unity. This national occasion emphasizes our identity and history, embodies the ideals and visionary aspirations that this country was founded on, and pays homage to the great men and women who participated in building our nation. December 18th is the day we remember how our national unity was achieved and how we 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.
National Day is a glorious occasion on which we convey our deepest expressions of affection and gratitude to the people of Qatar who cooperated in solidarity and vowed sincere allegiance and obedience to Shaikh Jasim Bin Muhammad Bin Thani, trusting him as a father, brother, leader, and Imam. In him they found a man who had already distinguished himself in his youth as a pious, brave, self-sacrificing, and wise leader. He was keen on unifying the Qatari Peninsula and safeguarding the interests of its people in the darkest of times ever witnessed by this part of the world.
It was a time of tribal wars on land and piracy and pillage at sea. It was a time that witnessed the retreat of the Ottoman Empire and the decline of its power and that of the growing influence of the British Empire in the region. Interests and loyalties were shifting; conflicts and disorder were spreading anew in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf region. But Shaikh Jasim, with God’s help and the support of the Qatari people, withstood these storms and momentous changes. God helped him overcome the consecutive dangers, crises and horrors of the time and navigate our homeland to a safe harbour.
Patriotism, joy and pride are in the air as the country is all set to celebrate its National Day today. National Day celebrations have grown over the years, become bigger and more pronounced manifests the growing enthusiasm of not only the citizens but also the expatriates in the achievements of the country.
Lit up streets, cars and buildings adorned with flags and memorabilia are the more visible part of the celebrations but there is a deeper and more significant aspect to it: A conscious effort by the people and their leadership not to be lost in the present but to look back into history and reassert the identity of the nation.
A variety of competitions and cultural events have also been lined up by leading Qatari organisations and institutions that are aimed to promote interest and awareness among the children and the youth about Qatar’s history and culture.
Qatari tribes have their own traditional way of celebrating the National Day and many of them have pitched tents in the outskirts of the city to mark the occasion. For the first time in the country, an exclusive area with a 12km highway and several squares has been allotted in Khartiyat for the Qatari tribes to celebrate the occasion.