EVERY December 18, we celebrate our National Day in commemoration of the historic day in 1878 when Sheikh Jassim, the founder of the State of Qatar, succeeded his father, Sheikh Mohamed bin Thani, as the ruler and led the country towards unity.
This national occasion emphasises 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 18 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.
Qatar’s National Day is about honouring the heroes, leaders and people who built this country. It’s also a chance to reflect on the principles on which Qatar was founded - truth, justice, friendship and brotherhood and to remember the values of generosity, loyalty responsibility and sacrifice which are key to Qatar’s success today.
Our nation has proved in the past, present, and God willing, the future, to be capable of bringing prosperity and building good relationships, both internally and throughout the Arab and Islamic world.
Our country has proved that it’s more than just oil, gas and commerce, but also a guiding light for education, knowledge, innovation and freedom.
Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani embodied all of these virtues. The founder of the modern State of Qatar demonstrated unequalled determination, leadership and courage and in so doing unified the Peninsula of Qatar during a time of great change and disruption.
Together with the Qatari nobles, tribal representatives and ordinary people, Sheikh Jassim established national unity based on a foundation of allegiance to the country and on Islamic principles.
On National Day the people of Qatar will come together to renew their relationship with this strong heritage and together look ahead to a peaceful, prosperous future.
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