The December 18 holiday marks the date in 1878 on which Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father as the emir of Qatar and led the country towards unity.

Qatar celebrated its National Day on Tuesday amid an ongoing blockade by neighbouring countries that appears to have created a sense of unity among nationals and residents in the Gulf country.

“As long as it was proven by our deeds, Qatar will remain free,” is this year’s National Day slogan, combining a verse from Qatar’s national anthem and a verse from the founder.

The Founder, in one of his poem’s verses says, “As long as it was proven by our deeds”, that points out the importance of good deeds. The good work that builds the nation varies from era to era according to the growth of its needs, and it is a necessary condition of its renaissance.

Under the theme of ‘Promise of Prosperity and Glory’, National Day celebrations were marked last year.

The theme of National Day celebrations 2017 was “Promise of Prosperity and Glory’ which had been taken from a quote of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The theme of the National Day celebration 2018, came from the vision of the National Day Organizing Committee which represents to promote loyalty, solidarity, unity and pride in the national identity of Qatar and emphasizes the values of the National Day celebrations, which include participation, inspiration, creativity and transparency.

The great work does not stop at this mentioned point but extends to justice, sincerity, rejection of fanaticism, and fighting corruption; all of which are the elements of human dignity.

This is the deep meaning of the poem’s verses mentioned above.