Dubai ruler urges Qatar to 'conform' in Instagram poem

Holding a country to ransom? Why not write them a poem on Instagram?
4 min read
29 Jun, 2017
The UAE's prime minister has urged Qatar to conform to the stringent demands of Saudi Arabia and its allies in a lengthy, flowery poem published on social media.
The UAE has told Qatar to take the demands seriously or face a "divorce" [Getty]

The United Arab Emirates' prime minister has urged Qatar to conform to the demands of Saudi Arabia and its allies for an end to their blockade - in a lengthy series of rhyming couplets posted on Instagram.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the emirate of Dubai, late on Wednesday published the flowery poetry on his Instagram account, as the Gulf crisis spreads across social media.

"It is our duty to openly advise Qatar… wolves only eat sleep that stray away from the flock," Sheikh Mohammad wrote, in the poem titled The Clear Path.

"We all stem from the same source, people, existence, flesh, land and religion. Now is the time to unite our hearts to protect one another from hatred and grievances."

"Yet Qatar turns to the nearby stranger, to the weak… we are closer to you than the people who speak foreign tongues," he added, alluding to Doha's alleged relations with Iran.

In the two-part, 240-word poem, now shared more than 45,000 times on Instagram, Sheikh Mohammed urges Doha to abandon its independent foreign policy and fall in line with regional aspirations of the hegemonic Saudi-led alliance against Qatar.


الدَّربْ واضحْ ---- ---- خــيـلْ الـمـعـاني جَـريَـهـا بـالـلِّساني والـشَّـاعـر إيـسَـمَّـا لـسـانِهْ حـصـانهْ وأنـــا عـلـىَ الـخـيلينْ رَبِّــي هـدانـي عــلـىَ الـرِّمـكْ والـسـابقهْ فــي بـيـانِهْ تـرنـيـمـها عـــزفْ ولــحـونْ الأغــانـي وتَـفـخـيـمها لـلـصـافـيهْ فـــي دنــانـهْ والـلِّـي هـويـتهْ وهــو هــواهْ إهـتواني مـــنْ عــقـبْ هـجـرانـهْ تـغـيَّـر زمـانِـهْ لاهـــــوُ تـــريَّــا أوْ تــهــيَّـا وجــانــي ولا آنــا عـشـانهْ كـنتْ أرضـىَ هـوانهْ يــامــهـرةٍ لـــــي بـالـتِّـغَـلِّـي تــبـانـي كــانـتْ نـصـيبي عَــنْ فــلانْ وفـلانـهْ أغـلـيتها مـغـلي الـغـلاَ وجـيتْ عـاني لـلغاليْ الـلِّي فـي الـغلا خَـذْ ضمانِهْ فـــارسْ حـيـاتـهْ فــي ثـبـاتهْ كـفـاني أثـبـتْ مــنْ أثـبَـتْ ثَـبْتْ ثـابتْ جَـنانِهْ حـصـنِهْ حـصـينْ مـحـصَّنٍ بـالعَياني مـتـحـصِّنْ بـحـصـنِهْ لــنـارَهْ ودخـانـهْ شـاهـدْ شِـهَدْ عـنْ مـحنةٍ وإمـتحاني عــنْ شـاهدْ ومـشهودْ حـانْ إمـتحانهْ وانــــا مــــودِّي دونْ حــــقٍّ جـفـانـي وحـاوَلـتْ أثـنـي عــنْ مـسـارَهْ عـنـانِهْ وعـنـدي دلـيـلْ إنْ لـيلْ يـظلَمْ هـداني عـيـنهْ عـلـىَ شـعـبهْ تـبـاتْ إسْـهَـرانِهْ عـونـي وأخـويِـهْ وإنْ أنـاديـهْ جـانـي وإذا يــنــاديـنـي ألَـــبِّـــي عــشــانـهْ هــــذاكْ بـوخـالـدْ ومـــا عــنـهْ ثــانـي اللهْ رفَـــــعْ قَــــدرَهْ وبـالـعَـقـلْ زانــــهْ والـوَقـتْ فــي أمــرَهْ وطــوعْ الـبـناني مــنْ هـيـبتهْ تـمـوتْ الـنِّفوسْ الـجَبانِهْ أنـــــا وهــــوهْ لــدارنــا بـالـضِّـمـاني عَ قــلــبْ واحـــدْ حـافـظـينْ الأمــانِـهْ مـنْ غيرْ شَكْ إنصونْ شَعبٍ مصاني ونـــــرِدْ عـــدوانــهْ ونــحــفَـظْ كــيـانـهْ ومـنْ سـالفٍ في الوقتْ عشنا زماني مـــعْ جـارنـا والـجـارْ أخْـلَـفْ رهـانـهْ والـجارْ قَـبلْ الـدَّارْ جـا فـي الـمعاني وكـنَّـا نـعـينهْ وهــوُ لـنـا فــي الإعـانِهْ مــنْ مـنـبَتٍ واحــدْ وشَـعـبْ وكِـياني دَمْ ولَــحَـمْ واحدْ وأرضْ وديــــانِــــــهْ وتَــدري قـطَـرْ أنَّــا لَـهـا ظِــلْ دانــي عــنْ الـغـريبْ وعــنْ ضـعـيفْ الـمكانهْ مــا هـي مـصالحْ بـالسياسهْ تـهاني يـاغـيـرْ خـــوِّهْ جـــارْ والــحَـظْ خـانِـهْ وواجـــبْ عـلـيـنا نـنـاصحهْ بِـلْـعلاني إنْ حَــطْ لــهْ أفـعـىَ رَمِــلْ فـي ثـبانِهْ والــذِيـبْ يـاكـلْ م الـكـبارْ الـسِّـماني ســاعَـةْ تــغـادرْ سـربـهـا بـإسـتـهانهْ

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The post shows a photo of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
(left) and the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed (right)

"The path is clear and easy to see and its door is open but only for a given time," Sheikh Mohammed said in cryptic Arabic verse.

"The path towards mercy, prosperity and paradise is better than that of the devil and his people," he added.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and its allies, Egypt and Bahrain, severed all ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of support for extremist groups - a claim Doha strongly denies.

They closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the country's only land border - a vital route for its food imports.

They have also ordered all Qataris to leave and their own nationals to return home.

Last week, Riyadh laid down a list of 13 "non-negotiable" demands for Doha, including ending its alleged support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of broadcaster Al Jazeera and The New Arab's newspaper and website, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base.

Editorial comment: Demands to shut us down only embolden us 

The UAE has told Qatar it should take the demands seriously or face a "divorce" from its Gulf neighbours.

However, Qatar said it rejects all foreign interference in its policies and said that the list of demands is "unreasonable".

A top Qatari human rights group said on Wednesday that it would employ Swiss lawyers to seek compensation for Qataris economically impacted the blockade.

The UAE ambassador to Russia Omar Ghobash warned in comments published by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Tuesday that Qatar could face further sanctions if it failed to meet the demands.

Sheikh Mohammed is by no means the first world leader to turn to poetry.

Former US president Jimmy Carter is a published poet. Barack Obama dabbled in poetry in the 1980s and his successor Donald Trump is now the unintentional author of a compilation of tweets and quotes entitled "Bard of the Deal: The poetry of Donald Trump".

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