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Sheikh Tamim meets little girl

Qatar’s Emir once again stole the hearts of his people after meeting a little girl who asked for him before undergoing a medical procedure.

According to a Snapchat video that went viral after being shared online by her mother, the girl anxiously asked “Wayn Sheikh Tamim” (where is Sheikh Tamim?) while being put under anesthesia.

A photo of the girl, now smiling and meeting the Emir, was later posted on social media by his siblings, Sheikh Joaan and Sheikha Al Mayassa.

The exact nature of the girl’s injury or why she asked for the Emir remain unclear.

But other photos and videos of the recent meeting have been circulating on Twitter.

Online reaction

Many have responded to the news by praising the Emir for caring about even Qatar’s smallest residents.

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Qatar football players show support for Emir Sheikh Tamim

Qatar’s football federation has been reprimanded and fined by FIFA for getting political at a World Cup qualifying match.

The CHF50,000 (QR188,800) penalty was issued this week, over what happened at a June 13 game against South Korea.

At the time, players and fans had showed support for Qatar’s Emir, shortly after four countries instituted a blockade against the nation.

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Qatar football players wearing t-shirts bearing the image of Sheikh Tamim

They did this by warming up in shirts that carried the Emir’s face on them.

Also during the game, South Korean fans unfurled a “We Love Qatar” banner and waved Qatar flags to express their support for the country.

Too political

FIFA said Qatar was sanctioned for “displaying a political image” and for “improper conduct among spectators (political displays).”

Player Hasan Khalid Alhaydos was also fined CHF5,000 (QR18,700) for “unsporting behavior.”

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Qatar versus South Korea

According to the Associated Press, this was because he took a T-shirt from a fan and lifted it high in the air after scoring a goal.

Qatar has been sanctioned at least two other times during the 2018 qualifiers.

It incurred a QR113,000 fine during a match against Iran in January 2016 for “team misconduct.” And more recently, it got off with a warning in March after a match started late.

Qatar won the South Korea match in June, and now still has a small chance to qualify to play in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The national team’s last two matches will be against Syria and China at the end of August and beginning of September.

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Locals tune into Emir’s speech

Twitter erupted with opinions last night following Sheikh Tamim’s first address to the nation about the Gulf dispute.

Many in Qatar responded enthusiastically to the Emir’s call to use the crisis as a wakeup call to step up and diversify the economy.

Reactions elsewhere

But in Saudi Arabia and other boycotting nations, the speech was less well-received.

The polarized reaction shows that even though the quartet has downscaled their demands and Qatar said it is willing to talk, much damage has already been done.

Many cultural taboos have been broken during the boycott, including the big one of not shaming or criticizing each other publicly.

The fallout of expelling Qatari students studying in neighboring countries and forcing families apart will also likely not be forgotten anytime soon.

If and when the dispute is resolved, Qatar will still be pursuing legal compensation for these actions.

As one Al Jazeera journalist said yesterday:

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