The celebration included traditional dances and puzzles, poetry, and a sea of burgundy flags
Doha, December 1, 2015 –Students from Qatar Foundation’s Academic Bridge Program (ABP) celebrated National Day with traditional dances and puzzles, poetry, and a sea of burgundy flags. The event was held early so that students could celebrate and express their patriotism before they begin semester examinations on December 10. Students begin winter break on December 16.
The celebrations started with an introductory welcome by the Master of Ceremonies, Aisha Al Muftah and Quran recitation from Salah Al Balam, both students at the ABP.
Then, Ms. Moza Al Boainain, ABP Assistant Director for Student Services, began her comments by extending warm congratulations and blessings, on behalf of the Academic Bridge Program, to His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Father Emir of Qatar, and the Qatari people on the occasion of the National Day of their beloved country, Qatar. Ms. Moza then went on to request that,
“God Almighty perpetuate the blessing of safety, security, splendor and well-being and that God protect the Emir of Qatar, and perpetuate the grace of health and wellness on him.”
“The National Day is a dear occasion that recurs each year in which we follow the march of the giant renaissance our country is experiencing in all fields and which made Qatar join, in record time, the ranks of the well developed countries….
The National Day pride requires that we comply with the message of our national heroes who underwent severe hardship and paid a heavy price for the sake of the pride of this nation. Our loyalty for the founder of this glory requires us to move forward in making ourselves, our institutions and universities beacons of education and righteousness and dedicated to the circulation of goodness among all human beings.
This also requires the embodiment of pride in individual and collective responsibility at its peak because any country will only develop when its people are committed to its values and collaborate to achieve their country’s goals.
We will be able to achieve our national goals insha’ Allah because the leadership and people work together in harmony and cooperation. We are aware of our local, Arab, Islamic and international responsibilities since the time of Sheikh Jassim, the founder, who started a bright era for the State of Qatar.”
The event was organized by the ABP Student Services department in collaboration with the ABP Student Association and a number of enthusiastic student and alumni volunteers. Faculty, staff and ABP students gathered to experience the traditional Qatari setting. The festivities included several presentations by ABP students: two different poetry recitations by ABP Alumni, Suhaim Al-Qarni and famous Qatari poet, Hamad Al-Braidi; a brief history of the State of Qatar presented by Saeed Al Mutlaq; and a speech about the Founder of Qatar by Abdulla Al Naama. The traditional Arda (sword dance) was also performed by a group of current ABP students and alumni.
Among the other attractions was a traditional sadu tent furnished with traditional Qatari furniture and some traditional Qatari dishes. A traditional Qatari coffee shop, traditional games and free small plants were also available. Patrons even brought a classic car and traditional animals such as Arabian horses, camels, and two falcons.
To read more about this event go to the following links: the Gulf Times, The Peninsula, Al Raya, Al Watan (PDF), Al Sharq, Al Arab newspapers, and on the following websites: Arabic News, Qatari Web, News BT, El-Koshi, News 14, News 12, Alhadf News, and iNews Arabia.