Why do I do what I do?

It’s not really difficult to explain why I do what I do. I Love Qatar was always meant to be a vehicle to help show people that Qataris care. It’s easy to get a Qatari to love Qatar, so I wanted to get expats to love Qatar. The strategy is quite simple. 1) Support the local community and help charities. 2) Build a reputation based on giving the people a voice. 3) Show people what your true purpose is. (In this case, it’s to make Qatar a better place).

One of the biggest signs of respect in our culture is to kiss someone on their head. I’d kiss my grand parents or my parents for example. I’d also kiss the Emir on his head. I genuinly feel like he cares about his people. More than that, he cares about the future of the Middle East. He’s taken a lot of burden on his shoulders by trying to promote peace in the region. Qatar helped Lebanon. Darfur. Libya. The list goes on. So as a good citizen, no scratch that, as a greatful citizen, shouldn’t it be everyone’s duty to help lift the boulder of responsibility off of his shoulders? Shouldn’t we at least try to remove some of that pressure by helping to make Qatar the best country that it can be?

Some people know it and some people don’t, but ILQ uses profit generated to give back to the community. Loads of people from ILQ’s community group together to support causes like the Animal Welfare Society, Think Pink, Wear Something Yellow, Beat the Heat, World Environment Day, and the list goes on. That in itself is something to be proud of.

With everything that I do, I want to make my parents proud, I want to make my future children proud, and of course I want to make the Emir proud.

I’m seeing more and more young Qataris stand up and try to help shape Qatari their own way. Whether they’re focusing on charitable causes, focusing on entrepreneurship, or even focusing on helping other fellow Qataris be all that they can be.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m probably not going to change the world, so I’ll give making Qatar a better place a go.

  • Roxanne

    What a great post, Khalifa – you DO make a difference :)

  • http://twitter.com/vanish_forever vani saraswathi

    lovely khalifa.

  • Flip Floper

    Thumbs up Khalifa.

  • http://twitter.com/Artistic_Flavor Lola Al-Siyabi

    Yes u do make a difference! and on the plus side you encourage many other people to get up and do something too! good job! love it!

  • http://twitter.com/iloveqatar Khalifa Saleh Haroon

    thanks all :) I appreciate the encouragement.

  • http://twitter.com/qatar_fr QATAR

    good job

  • M Feisal

    Bismillah r-rahmani r-rahim

    As-Salamu alejkum!
    Please give me the opportunity to make a comment on Qatar, the Emir and your work. As a german born convert to islam, who I am:
    In my entire life (I’m fifty years old) I never heard anything of a more honorable and noble leader than your Emir is in fact. It might sound very strange to you but please believe me: I love Qatar and His Highness, the Emir and the Qatari in general very much. Everytime I hear a speach from the Emir, a message, a statement, I feel that he’s speaking direct out of my heart. And, as I hope, direct out of yours, his people.
    As you said very correctly: the way the Emir acted during the several crisis in Near East was full of wisdom and spoke about the beauty of Islam. You can be really proud having such a leader!

    All I see of Qatar is beautiness in landscape and belief, in the smile of the Qatari – your land and your people are a present from heaven.

    With my biggest respects to you and your entire People
    Wessalam
    Michael Feisal

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.