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A new song that expresses solidarity with Qatar, its people and its leader has just been released by local composer Dana Al Fardan.

Titled “One Nation” in English and “Al Yaqeen” in Arabic, the track calls for Qatari unity and pride during one of the worst political crises the country has ever faced.

A behind-the-scenes video shows Fahad Al Kubaisi and Essa Al Kubaisi singing the Arabic lyrics, while Al Fardan, CEO of DNA Sounds, sings the English version.

A plethora of others were also involved in the production of the tribute, which was recorded at Katara Studios.

For example, the Qatar Concert Choir’s Giovanni Pasini managed the musical arrangement and organized the accompanying choir, while Christoph Schmitz produced the piece.

“The collaborative nature of this project is a true testament to the fact that together we are stronger. God bless our Nation,” Al Fardan told Doha News.

The song

Though the idea behind One Nation was first conceived before the Gulf dispute, it took on special meaning because of the conflict.

According to I Love Qatar co-founder Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, whose group collaborated on the project, the song drew strength from all the people who have rallied behind Qatar.

“Let me just say that the current situation in the GCC is something that we all want to remember as a distant memory and one that didn’t happen,” he told Doha News.

However during this time, we’ve seen that people from all over the world have united with Qatar. It’s been a privilege to be a part of this project and one that I hope everyone enjoys.”

In the video, several picturesque shots of Qatar’s skyline and desert, as well as celebrations on National Day and other holidays, are flashed across the screen as the music plays.

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One Nation snapshot

The main lines from the English part of the song highlight Qatar’s strength and presumably enlightened thinking:

“From a grain of sand, to a world of hope placed in our hands, you gave us strength and faith in all that we’ve become.

Our nation flowers as the sun sheds it light, the light of knowledge that basks upon our country’s eyes.”

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Emir’s portrait

It concludes with a strong refrain about resilience and firm support for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar’s Emir.

“We stand tall, above it all. Rain will fall, to plant the seeds that feed us all. We stand united, behind our leader with all our might. With you we rise, our nation’s pride.”

Thoughts?

Left-handedness can be a bit of a taboo in Arab and Muslim countries.

According to Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon, founder of ILoveQatar.net, that’s because the left hand is widely considered to be the “dirty hand.”

In one of his latest Qtips, Al Haroon explained that in Arab culture, the right hand is reserved for eating meals and greeting people.

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This follows in the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, who favored his right hand for such actions.

Insult

But the left hand is typically used to clean one’s self after going to the bathroom.

Thus, trying to do a lefty handshake or even waving at someone with your left hand could be considered insulting to some people.

“Oh, and of course there are exceptions as to when to use the left hand, like when you can’t use your right,” ILQ adds.

So now you know. Thoughts?

Weddings tend to be a lavish affair in Qatar, especially for local women. Typically, the celebrations are separated by gender.

While men’s weddings are generally casual and open to typically everyone, women’s are invite-only and pretty fancy.

This is because women take weddings very seriously, according to Aisha Al-Ziani at I Love Qatar, which came out with a Qtip on the subject this week.

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Speaking to Doha News, she explained that weddings in Qatar are large and “far from being considered simple.”

She continued:

“Sometimes thousands of people can attend the wedding, and therefore the wedding has to meet the needs and standards of most of the guests.

Wedding halls have to be big enough to host such a big number of people, and different kinds of delicacies and cuisines are served in abundance, all to express generosity and welcome people that are here to celebrate the union of the two souls.”

In her Qtip, Al-Ziani highlights some things you may not already know about these celebrations:

1) No phone zone

During wedding celebrations, women aren’t wearing their abayas and hijabs.

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So phones and cameras may be taken away at the entrance to the wedding to protect guests’ privacy and modesty, Al-Ziani says.

2) Don’t bring gifts

When going to a Qatari wedding, there’s no need to rack your brain about what to get the new couple.

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The bride and groom aren’t expecting their guests to bring any gifts, and instead will likely show their appreciation to attendees by giving them stuff, Al-Ziani says.

3) Dress to impress

Expect the evening to be filled with dancing and fashion show-esque fun.

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Women will be dressed in their finest clothes, and some might even throw cash at you. This is simply to celebrate the bride and “express generosity,” Al-Ziani says.

4) No men allowed (except the groom)

Though this is a segregated affair and men aren’t allowed in the hall, there is one exception: when the groom arrives to take photos with his wife.

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“And that’s when you see everyone running around trying to cover up,” Al-Ziani quips.

Have you ever been to a Qatari wedding? Thoughts?