The Emiri announcement – Here’s what I’ve heard (UPDATED)


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People saw this post by Al Jazeera titled
‘Qatari emir to meet ruling family members’

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/2013623221218495868.html

and a post on our sister site Doha News titled
http://dohanews.co/post/53723624652/report-qatars-emir-to-meet-with-ruling-family-members

‘Report: Qatar’s Emir to meet with ruling family members to discuss succession plans’ and then started to ask questions.

So here’s what we’ve heard.

When’s the announcement?
An announcement is going to be made at 4PM today 8AM on the 25th.

It might not necessarily be the change of power, rather the announcement that there will be a shift.

Is there a holiday tomorrow the 25th of June?
People have been sharing that tomorrow will be a holiday.

Everyone, just WAIT for the official announcement. Tomorrow MIGHT be a holiday, it would only be natural to give the country a day to celebrate.

Update: There have been posts on twitter quoting the EMIRI DIWAN and also from Al Arab Newspaper saying that the there will be a holiday on the 25th.
This does NOT mean that all businesses will have a holiday necessarily. It just confirms that government institutions will be on holiday.
Sources: @ahjh_althani and @alarabnewspaper and QatarNewsAgency

What to the Qatari people think?
I can’t speak for everyone, but those friends and family that I ‘have’ spoken to, trust in the Emir, trust in Sheikh Tamim, and believe that Qatar will always be protected, progressive, and with a strong vision.

Feeling patriotic? Here’s Qatar’s National Anthem with translation in english 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood Qatari,
Mr. Q

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.