Patriotic, Free, and Strong: How Qatar National Day Brings All of Us Together
A day to celebrate our achievements and our country’s achievements is Qatar National Day, which falls on December 18th every year since it was first decreed in June 2007. Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions celebrated this year’s Qatar National Day early, on December 5th 2019.
The assembly hall was buzzing with excitement as the students settled into their seats awaiting the start of the program. Nasser Al Qahtani and Rashid Al Nuaimi kicked off the festive day with a poetic bilingual introduction about the history of Qatar and the foundation of the Qatari National Day.
Deema Al Saleh was the elegant MC for the rest of the program. To start, she introduced Albaraa Eslam to read a few verses from the Quran. Then came the student military march headed by Osama Al Hajiri and Mohammed Al Saleh. The march gave us a glimpse of the large-scale military parade performed by all divisions on the Doha Corniche on National Day.
Mohammed Al Tamimi was next, representing the school’s student body with a speech and congratulations to His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Followed by Al Maha Al Thani who introduced our special guest, Dr. Mohammed Al Dorani, who spoke to the students, parents, and staff about the importance of knowing who you are, where you come from, and having pride in what you do.
Girls of different ages from lower school gave a wonderful uniformed dance performance on the stage with flags and a patriotic song in the background and made us feel the unity and diversity in this fine country. They were incredible!
We then came face to face with a song written and performed by Qatar’s favorite musician and singer Ms. Dana Al Fardan, One Nation. Performed on Michael E. DeBakey high School’s stage by the very talented Amna Al Jailey and Temiloluwa Elizabeth Abidogun. Their mesmerizing voices took us on a journey to unity and solidified our one nation.
Kamla Abu Qarara and Osama Al Hajiri brought the house down with their vibrant poems about Qatar, followed by a video of the staff and student body congratulating Qatar on another Qatar National Day where the country is free, strong, and vibrant with all its people!
The whole school joined in playing the ever so popular game of Kahoot, where students answered questions about facts about Qatar and we had some interesting winners, mostly from Grade 8.
The show concluded with the Artha group who danced the traditional Qatari sword dance with a few of the students joining in. The students enjoyed buying some sweets from the traditional Dukkan, girls had some henna done, and guests enjoyed coffee creations from Café 42. DeBakey’s Qatar Day art competition was running alongside the festivities all day.
Lunch, which involved traditional biryani, meat, chicken, and rice, was served to all and as a final sendoff, and back by popular demand, the day ended with Andreas Abasaid singing a patriotic song dedicated to Qatar.