''Ancestral Meadows: A Matter Of Trust''.. Slogan of Qatar National Day 2021

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''Ancestral Meadows: A Matter Of Trust''.. Slogan of Qatar National Day 2021

The State National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee has announced the slogan for Qatar National Day 2021, "Ancestral Meadows: A Matter Of Trust".

The new slogan is based on the poetry of the founder of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Bin Thani, may Allah rest his soul. The verses of the poem illustrate:

Oh, how many caravans have passed by,

Leaving behind vestiges of the fluctuations of the times,

Abodes our sights are accustomed to as the seasons slip by,

Our meadows ornamented with herbs.

The new slogan represents the strong relationship of Qataris to their environment since time immemorial. They were raised by the characteristics of the land, coexisting with its nature, the colors of its soil and sea, the seasons, and they explored its depths so that it formed their personality and identity.

The Qatari people mirror the simplicity of their environment, and the gentleness of their morals and humility is rooted in the gentleness of the land.

The union of the sea and land reflects a special feature of this environment, intertwining the Qatari people with these two blessings and providing their livelihood. They would go to the sea to dive in the summer, and pasture in the winter. For pearls, they voyaged the vast ocean with wisdom and courage, and believed that life is lived through interaction with others. They welcomed ships from distant lands arriving at their shores with generosity and hospitality.

Despite the challenges of living in the desert with the scarcity of water and plantation, they found inspiration and insight, and were able to make the desert bloom with their patience. The beauty of their cultivated land increased their creativity and deep poetry.

The Qatari people walk the land which Allah has blessed and entrusted them with. They saw this blessing and vowed to take care of this gift, building their homes using stone and hide, all with deep rooted humility to reflect their appreciation of Allah. Their gratitude towards Allah was clear through their actions above their word.

The attachment of Qataris to their environment enhanced their love for their homeland and their sense of belonging and national pride. As such an important part of their lives, the environment has been a central theme in their anthems and poems.

Commenting on the occasion, HE Minister Culture and Sports and Chairman of the State National Day Celebrations Organizing Committee Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali began his intervention with two verses by Qatars founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Bin Thani, may Allah rest his soul, that inspired the National Day slogan.


HE the Minister said: "With this distinguished beginning, Sheikh Jassim began one of his poems, and this is simply an example of the relationship between Qataris and their environment. This deep emotional dimension remains present in our lives, and it lives on in our relationship with the sea in summer and land in winter."

"This environment has not been held back on love or generosity to this day, and its provisions have reached all corners of the globe. There is no doubt that preserving it is the responsibility of all those who live on this blessed land, exchanging love for love," HE the Minister added.

"Our celebration of the National Day this year is inspired by our loyalty to the legacy of our forefathers in preserving their homeland, thanking Allah through their action above word for the cultivation of this gifted land. And with this, we will have rendered the trust to its people: the coming generations," HE the Minister said.

For his part, HE Minister of Municipality and Environment Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie said that the interest of the State of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, in environmental issues comes as an affirmation of the importance of its role in providing a healthy life for everyone living on its land, in line with the wise leaderships interest in developing resources. The natural resources are guided by the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the development plans and strategies that have emerged from it, insofar as it has harnessed all its energies to work constructively towards achieving a sustainable environment, preserving and restoring ecosystems.

HE the Minister added that the State of Qatar, under the wise leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, may Allah protect him, has attached great importance to the environment and sustainable development, represented in the inclusion of this field as one of the most important pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030. To this aim, clear plans and programs have been drawn up to protect the environment and its natural balance, in order to pursue inclusive and sustainable development for all future generations.