Qatar’s reaction to the recent ‘Gulf crisis’ has surprisingly brought out pride and nationalism among its residents, local and expatriates alike. Tamim Al Majd, that iconic black and white ‘art’ created by Qatari artist Ahmed Al Maadheed has become a symbol of solidarity and unity, a statement that spread fast across the country.
In addition to solidarity events, different groups and organisations also initiated setting up their own Tamim Al Majd mural in various places around Doha, to show their support for the government and leadership of Qatar. These murals, aside from carrying the iconic face of the Emir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, also carry signatures of loyalty and sympathy from the people.
The Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) organised the human mural event, an initiative by the Qatari Voice in collaboration with Qatar Cultural Heritage Centre, held this Tuesday at the Al Sadd Sports Club. A number of institutions such as Qatar Players Association, Qatar Football Association, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy 2022, Al Kass Sports Channel and Qatar Stars League participated in the event, in addition to a huge group of youth writers, filmmakers, social media activists, poets, famous Qatari athletes, artists and chief executives. Two thousand citizens and residents formed the Tamim Al Majd icon with each holding a wooden piece of the icon to collectively form the portrait, conveying their love and renewing their loyalty to Qatar and its leadership.