Posted on September 02, 2017
A large number of Qatar’s expatriates expressed their solidarity with the country and its leadership at a programme organised at the Al Wakrah Sports Complex yesterday.
 
Prayers, musical performances and fun-filled activities were the other highlights of the ‘Family Fun Day’ organised by the Evangelical Alliance Churches Qatar (ECAQ). Coinciding with the first day of Eid al-Adha, the one-day event attracted a large number of members from various groups, mostly Filipinos and Africans, who took part in a series of singing and dance numbers on stage. ECAQ also installed a huge ‘Tamim Al Majd’ portrait at the venue for its members to sign and write messages of love, loyalty, and support for the State of Qatar and its wise leadership, His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The portrait, widely recognised by its title ‘Tamim Al Majd’ or ‘Tamim the Glorious’, has become the face of Qatari resilience during the ongoing economic blockade on Qatar by the Saudi-led bloc.
 
“This is a milestone, an historical event because we know that God is doing mighty things for Qatar. We are praying for the country to have more blessings and prosperity, and to continue to be a strong nation,” ECAQ chairman Beda Robles told Gulf Times. He thanked the Qatar government for allowing them to hold a big gathering to show their support to the country, a second home to a large number of Filipino expatriates and other nationalities. Beda, who has been in Qatar for about 30 years and saw the country’s development, noted that the “peaceful and loving nation” is the place where they and their families have been blessed by God. “I really love Qataris and the Royal Family,” he stressed. “We pray for Qatar and its leadership every day so that this economic blockade will never be a hindrance for the country to remain strong.” Beda also expressed confidence that Qatar can overcome “all these challenges” and sustain the needs of its people.
 
Nigerian national Felix Williams echoed Beda’s views saying members of the African community are expressing their solidarity with Qatar and His Highness the Emir, “praying for continuous peace, protection, safety and prosperity of the land and its people.” “His Highness the Emir stands as a father figure and every child will always wish him well, the prayer of a child to his parents, God honours it,” he told Gulf Times. Williams sees the diplomatic rift as good for  Qatar, “in the sense that this nation would emerge stronger from the current situation.”
 
source: Gulf Times

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