“We have invested in order to work for the good of all humanity”. It is this sentence from the speech delivered on Sunday 20 November by the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, on the occasion of the opening of the World Cup, that the qatari daily Al Arab chose to put in one of its edition on November 21st.
“An opening ceremony “dazzling, reflecting the identity of Qatar and the Arabs”adds the newspaper on the front page, illustrated by a photo of the Al-Bayt stadium, in the city of Al-Khor, bathed in fireworks.
This one ofAl Arabwhich looks a lot like the other front pages of the day’s editions of the country’s daily newspapers and their sports supplements released for the occasion, is a summary of the image that Qatar, through its leader’s voice, seeks to convey.
“Put differences aside”
Mainly, that of a country accepting differences, while it has been the subject of severe criticism, particularly around the treatment of migrant workers and LGBTQI people. “It’s good to see that people can put their differences aside to come together around what unites them”, in particular declared the emir, a sentence which can also be read on the front page ofAl Arab.
In addition, the newspaper notes the presence of“a large number of leaders of brotherly and friendly countries”, including King Abdullah II of Jordan, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were also present at the ceremony.
However, the newspaper only mentions on the inside pages the poor performance of the Qatar team against Ecuador in the opening match of the competition – a first for an organizing country – in a half-empty stadium at half-time…
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“Les Arabes” stands out for its emphasis on the international, while the other titles of the Qatari print media are marked by their provincialism. The title is however very far from having an impact comparable to that of the television channel Al-Jazeera across the Arab world.
He has hardly been able to attract great pens, nor does he participate in debates on ideas, nor does he approach internal questions from a critical angle. It simply reflects the foreign policy of the small but ambitious petromonarchy.
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