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:
He was like "let's hug it out bro!" https://t.co/N3nBt9e4y7— Muhammad Nasir (@MoAwesomeSauce) January 5, 2021
"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..."
الله .. أصبح ممكناً لنا الآن أن نتفاعل مع تغريدات أحبائنا وأصدقائنا في السعودية دون أن يشعروا بالخوف من عواقب التواصل والتفاعل مع شخص من قطر 😱— Dima Khatib ديمة الخطيب (@Dima_Khatib) January 5, 2021
رايحة أعمل لفة لايكات على تغريدات من أحب 😍 وهم كثر..
مع أن بعضهم مع الأسف يقبع في السجون 🥺
الحرية للجين وكل معتقلي الرأي
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.
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.
يا الخليجي— عبدالله الرويشد (@Ruwaishid_com) January 4, 2021
كلمات : د. #خلف_الخطيمي
الحان : #حمد_الخضر
توزيع : #ربيع_الصيداوي#عبدالله_الرويشد #نبيل_شعيلhttps://t.co/fbCCzqFV1F#خليجنا_واحد#المصالحة_الخليجية#القمة_الخليجية_ال41 pic.twitter.com/4ZsEYW0tm0
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.
"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."
الحمد لله والشكر على اجتماع الإخوة في القمة الخليجية لرأب الصدع وإنهاء سنوات من الخلاف.— عبدالرحمن بن حمد (@ahjh_althani) January 5, 2021
اللهم وفق ولي أمرنا وقائدنا صاحب السمو الشيخ تميم بن حمد آل ثاني إلى خير البلاد والعباد ووفق دول مجلس التعاون.
I can finally visit my sick mother who I haven’t seen in 4 years.— Khalifa Al Haroon - Mr. Q (@iloveqatar) January 5, 2021
That most’ve been the most awkward conversation ever.— ود البيه (@khalidalbaih) January 5, 2021
- so ... what a year ha...
- yeah bro ...covid is a KILLER https://t.co/IWx6DlkGvH
Most Happiest person is in Heaven Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah ♥️❤️♥️ #قطر #قطر_السعودية #الشيخ_صباح_الأحمد_الصباح #تميم_بن_حمد #تميم_المجد #تميم_بن_حمد_آل_ثاني #الكويت #الكويت_قطر #الخليج_العربي #نورت_المملكة_ياتميم pic.twitter.com/3OvyVMLUel— Waseef Rahman (@waseef4u) January 5, 2021
me having Almarai after tweeting that Baladna is better for last 3 years pic.twitter.com/YCk7uWKDTD— Maruf (@m3aruf) January 5, 2021
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
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