Virtual Commemoration with HE Ambassador Yousef Ali Al-Khater

Qatar National Day, marked on 18 December, is a national commemoration of Qatar's unification. It is usually a day of unity and celebration for all Qatari citizens, observed by various festivities across Qatar. Yet, like many events across the world this year; such celebrations have had to be cancelled.

In the UK, the Embassy of the State of Qatar in London, honoured the event in 2020 fashion, via a virtual commemoration event hosted by His Excellency Mr Yousef Ali Al-Khater and attended by esteemed Qatari and British friends, acquaintances and colleagues, with special guest speakers Mr James Cleverly, Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa and Ms Alexandra Cole Charge D’ Affaires from the British Embassy in Doha.

In his opening remarks, His Excellency Yousef Ali Al-Khater impressed on the importance of Qatar National Day, as a day of reflection, pride and unity for all Qatari citizens.

His Excellency Yousef Ali Al-Khater began the proceeding by hailing the unrelenting strength of front-line workers during such difficult and uncertain times.

“I would like to take an important moment to extend my heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all the essential key workers in Qatar, The UK and across the world for their tireless efforts in the fight against COVID-19.”

From the start of the pandemic Qatar has been leading the way in its humanitarian aid efforts; from delivering field hospitals to Italy, sending rapid rescue relief to Lebanon, to providing urgent medical supplies across the world.    

His Excellency expressed his pride at Qatar’s rapid response to the pandemic, refereeing to His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani statements at the 2020 GAVI Summit, hosted by the UK, and the global humanitarian support provided by the State of Qatar during the pandemic.