Doha (UNA-OIC) – The State of Qatar will celebrate tomorrow the anniversary of the National Day, which falls on December 18 of each year, under the slogan (Our unity is the source of our strength), which is an excerpt from a speech by HH the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The slogan reflects the keenness of the Qatari people to consolidate this principle in the homeland and in future generations.
The celebration of the National Day this year acquires a special color, taste with the flavor of the World Cup. The State of Qatar has changed the destination of sport from mere competition on the field and cheering in the stands, to sublime meanings that serve communities, peoples, and countries, to raise the value of sport in achieving peace and rapprochement between peoples.
The exceptional Qatar World Cup has become a unique occasion for all the guests of Qatar who are still living a wonderful sports, tourism and cultural experience on this good land, homeland of security and safety, and the World Cup will remain ingrained in the memory of generations and history as a distinguished version, the most wonderful, beautiful, brilliant, organized and safest in history. Qatar has inaugurated a new era of sports diplomacy, and has become the capital of sports, and this distinguished version of the World Cup has become an example for all sporting events in the future.
The success of the World Cup and its wide acclaim and follow-up around the world will remain a source of pride for the State of Qatar, its people and its youth, who were behind this achievement, with their effort, thought, hard and continuous work over twelve years, in order to create an environment conducive to organizing an exceptional World Cup tournament, honors the Arab nation and affirms that the State of Qatar is the homeland of fulfilling promises and covenants, values and principles, love, peace and friendship, and glories that generations receive.
This year has been full of political activity for Qatar at home and abroad, at all levels, which reflects the active role of the State of Qatar and the position it enjoys among countries, peoples, international organizations and institutions.
At the top of this activity were the external participations made by HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on the ninth of this December, HH the Amir participated in the 43rd session of the Supreme Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) in Riyadh, the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His Highness also participated in the Riyadh Gulf-China Summit for Cooperation and Development, and HH the Amir held an official talks session with HE President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
During the current year, HH the Amir participated in the 31st Arab summit meetings in Algeria, the Jeddah Security and Development Summit, and the sixth summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Kazakhstan, and at the Twenty-sixth Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Rwanda.
Doha has turned into a global capital of political, diplomatic, and economic activity, through extensive visits by a large number of leaders of Arab, Islamic and friendly countries, where HH the Amir received them, separately, at the Amiri Diwan, and discussed with them bilateral relations and ways to support and develop them, as well as Issues and topics of common interest.
These visits confirm the respect and appreciation of the countries of the world for Qatari politics, its political, economic, diplomatic, and developmental contributions, and its stances based on dialogue as a means to achieve international peace and security.
In terms of international activity, the State of Qatar participated in the COP27 conference hosted by the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The State of Qatar has become a beacon of international peace and stability. In another achievement of Qatari diplomacy, its benevolent mediation culminated in the sponsorship of the Chadian parties signing the Doha Peace Agreement and the participation of political-military movements in the comprehensive, sovereign national dialogue in Chad, after negotiations involving more than 50 groups from Chad, over the course of five months.
Within the framework of the country’s democratic process, HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani patronized the inauguration of the second ordinary session of the first legislative term, corresponding to the Shura Council’s 51st annual session.
Qatar also witnessed a legislative renaissance, according to which basic laws regulating the various aspects of life and transactions in the state were completed.
The state has also issued more legislation to protect workers’ rights, care for them, and create a suitable professional environment for them.
On the economic level, despite the slowdown in the global economy and the geopolitical atmosphere in the world, the Qatari economy continued to grow, which was positively reflected in all activities in the country.
Last Tuesday, the Ministry of Finance announced that Qatar’s budget for the third quarter of this year had achieved a surplus of QR 30 billion. The ministry stated that the total revenues for this quarter amounted to QR 81.8 billion, of which QR 76.3 billion were oil and gas revenues, while non-oil revenues were estimated at QR 5.5 billion.
The ministry’s data had revealed earlier that Qatar’s budget surplus in the first half of this year doubled several times to reach QR 47.3 billion, compared to a surplus of QR 4 billion during the same period of the year 2021.