With millions around the world staying at home due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to social media and other online platforms for entertainment.

As a result, many social media challenges began to flood our timelines. And of course, social media users in Qatar did not want to miss out on the fun. Here’s Qatar’s take on some of the world’s most trending social media challenges:

#DontRushChallenge

The #DontRushChallenge began on Twitter on 22 March 2022 by 20-year-old business student Toluwalase Asolo. The original #DontRushChallenge video featured Asolo and seven friends of Congolese, Nigerian, Sierra Leonean, and Turks and Caicos Islands origin. The trend, set to the similarly-named song ‘Don’t Rush’ by Young T & Bugsey, features groups of friends transforming from their ‘home attires’ and makeup-free faces to a more glammed up look at the flick of a makeup brush on the camera. Thus, it’s also called the #BrushChallenge or #PasstheBrushChallenge.

It is interesting that while many of these trends fizzle out almost as soon they pop up, the #DontRushChallenge has stood the test of time, growing in popularity, moving to new platforms such as TikTok and Instagram and even taking new forms.

Here’s Qatar taken on the #DontRushChallenge:

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Because quarantine life is not complete without #dontrushchallenge . . This is how we rolled for the most viral @tiktok #dontrush challenge taken over the internet and  trending on Instagram these days. All are doha🇶🇦 based bloggers and influencers, do check out our transformation from our PJs look to going out look. It was one fun experience to get ready for no where to Go. Let's make this quarantine life more memorable with these tiny little efforts every day. Don't rush, slow down and get ready everyday for your own self. . . How did we do? Drop a comment please ❤️ Thankful 🙏to all these Doha Beauties. From the appearance 1st Zunira Malik @zuniraofficial 2nd Areeba @qatarmommy 3rd Maria @mariakaisrani 4th Saniya @mom4amdoha 5th Akgul @russianqatar 6th Layali @banjarans_lifestyle 7th Afshan @the_halal_lifestyle 8th Sharmin @craving.of.the.day 9th Fylza @blush_and_blend 10th Shireen @shireennassrallah #dontrushchallenge #pillowchallenge #tiktokqatar #tiktokchallenge #dohaqatar #dohablogger #mommyblogger #quarantinedays #coronadays #coronatimes #dohainfluencer #expatlife #expatindoha #Foodblogger #makeupblogger #entrepreneur #lifestyleblogger #lifestyle

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‘Stay At Home’ or ‘Thank You’ Campaign

This campaign is simple as every person involved in the picture carries a paper with a word to complete a bigger picture with one message. This trend or campaign began with the spread of COVID-19 to encourage people to stay at home, then moved on to thank doctors for their work during these tough times, moving on again to help people with mental health issues who are forced to stay home to stay strong.

Here’s Qatar’s take on it:

Some of the most well known social media figures in Qatar take on this trend to tell people in Qatar to ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe. Trust Only Reliable News Sources. Everything is going to be alright!’

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The beauty of living in Qatar is knowing that no matter what part of the world you came from, in Qatar you are home. We feel blessed to be part of such a diverse community of bloggers who are deeply committed to protecting themselves, their loved ones, and their country from COVID-19. We all want to convey one message together.. “Stay Home, Stay Safe. Trust Only Reliable News Sources. Everything is going to be alright!” @dessertinthedesert1 @lihabonfio @anahi.theselfworthcoach @mama_baba_ganoush @mariasinstaglam @hibabajo @glamyourimage @dilacovered @questandmark @thesmallprintofbeingamum @shireennassrallah @russianqatar @zuniraofficial @banjarans_lifestyle @_ummsuhail_ @thepmpmom #forqatarstayhome

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Here’s a warm message from ACS’s early childhood teachers to their students:

A warm message from our Early Childhood teachers to their students! ♥️#acsdohaschool #acstogether

Posted by ACS International School Doha on Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Here are RGS students saying thank you to healthcare providers:

Here is another one from students at the Swiss International School in Qatar:

Three graduates of WCMC-Q are currently in the US, treating COVID-19 patients. Here is their message:

Posted by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar on Wednesday, 8 April 2020

 

Parent-child dance collaborations

Parents are becoming more involved with their children during this period. As a result, they have ended up taking part in their kids’ dance videos.

The #BlindingLights challenge requires kids to perform a dance routine with their parents to the tune of Canadian musician The Weeknd’s latest hit, Blinding Lights. However, many have taken the challenge to new forms, using different songs and dance moves. The trend, which began on TikTok, has also moved to other platforms like Instagram and YouTube.

Here’s Qatar’s take on it:

This is a family from ISL Qatar who took on the fun challenge.

#KeepyUppyChallenge

In addition to masks, gloves, sanitisers and soap, toilet paper is one of the most popular items during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s become so popular it’s been incorporated into various social media challenges and trends including the #KeepyUppyChallenge, which various football and other sports stars have picked up on. The challenge is to keep kicking the toilet paper roll up as if it’s a football until it falls.

Here’s Qatar’s take on it:

Here is a teacher and a student from Swiss International School in Qatar partaking in the #KeepyUppyChallenge:

Taha's up for the #KeepyUppyChallenge, Mr Aitken!#ChallengeisSet #BringitON #StayAtHome #StayAtHomeStaySafe

Posted by Swiss International School in Qatar on Monday, 23 March 2020

 

Other non-social media trends

Have you seen people performing music on balconies, whether professional or non-professional musicians? The trend began in Italy then moved around the world. The trend definitely made its way to Qatar.

Here’s Qatar’s take on the trend:

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) performed from home balconies in Qanat Quartier at The Pearl-Qatar on 3 April 2020. They performed ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven Symphony No 9. along with Qatar Music Academy students.

Doha College students have also been performing on balconies or verandas at their homes:

Here is another video of an "Ode to Joy" contribution to the performance organised by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra last week. Doha College students Zainab (Year 6O) and Hashim (Year 11P) added their tunes to those of the community. Listen out for tonight's performances, as QPO decided to make this a weekly series until the beginning of Ramadan.

Posted by Doha College authorised page on Saturday, 11 April 2020

Heba (Year 2 Orange) played "Ode to Joy" last Friday on her balcony – that smile at the end will melt your heart!

Posted by Doha College authorised page on Saturday, 11 April 2020

A big clap for Batuhan Sirelli, Doha College student in Year 4 Purple, who played his part in the "Ode to Joy" performance on French horn!

Posted by Doha College authorised page on Thursday, 16 April 2020

 

 

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