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Posted On: 7 January 2021 03:00 pm
Updated On: 7 January 2021 04:56 pm

Reactions to GCC crisis resolution and reopening of borders

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Qatar and the Gulf region were abuzz the last couple of days with the recent reconciliation of Gulf countries. There was jubilation when Kuwait announced that Saudi Arabia is reopening its air, land, and sea borders to Qatar, more than three years since the blockade. There was even more celebration when it was revealed during the 41st GCC summit that the four blockading countries agreed to restore diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Hashtags related to the good news went trending, with netizens posting their reactions on different social media platforms. On Twitter, hashtags (translated from Arabic) like "You Are Welcome to the Kingdom Tamim", "We will not Forget", "Qatari - Saudi reconciliation", and "Welcome to the Kingdom" went trending.

Facebook users' comments were mostly a mix of congratulations, being happy that there'll be peace once again in the region, saying thanks to Allah, and feeling relieved that families and friends can now get back together. A lot of people also posted being excited to be able to go on Umrah and Hajj soon.

The Saudi brand, Almarai, was also once again a hot topic in one of the popular expat groups on Facebook.

Here are some of the reactions to the recent reconciliation:

1. When the news of Saudi Arabia borders opening was announced:

2. Reactions to the historic hug between H.H. the Amir and Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (MBS)

3. How it started vs how it's going: GCC crisis

4. Qatar residents and citizens can now interact with loved ones on Twitter

"It is now possible for us to interact with the tweets of our loved ones and friends in Saudi Arabia without feeling afraid of the consequences of communicating and interacting with someone from Qatar. Praise be to Allah..."

5. Removal of "diss track" about Qatar

According to Mohammed Al-Kuwari, the "diss track" on Rotana music's YouTube channel has been removed last night.

Rotana Music's Twitter account posted this photo in the aftermath of the GCC crisis.

6. "O Gulf"

On the other hand, a new song by Kuwaiti singers titled O Gulf/Ya Al Khaliji went viral last night. The song is about Gulf cohesion and calls for Gulf brothers among the people of the same region who share everything.

7. "Redeemed"

H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani posted a photo of H.H. the Amir at the GCC summit with the word: Redeemed.

8. Praise be to Allah

"Praise be to God and thanks for the meeting of the brothers at the Gulf summit to heal the rift and end years of conflict.
Oh God, according to our guardian and leader, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to the good of the country and the people and according to the countries of the Cooperation Council."

9. Families can soon be reunited

10. What could they be talking about?

11. Tribute to the late Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

12. 2021 is starting out good

13. Those eagerly waiting for Almarai

How did you react when you learned about the reconciliation of the Gulf countries? Let us know in the comments!

Cover image: photos from Amiri Diwan, Al Jazeera