Dubai ruler takes to verse to urge Qatar turnabout

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The ruler of Dubai has taken to verse to urge Qatar to concede to the demands of Saudi Arabia and its allies for an end to a crippling embargo.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who is also vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, is the latest in a long line of world leaders to turn to poetry to convey their message.

In the poem, posted on Instagram late on Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed urged Qatar to abandon its independent foreign policy and return to the Gulf fold.

“Of one origin, people, existence/one flesh and blood, one land and faith,” he wrote.

“Yet Qatar turns to the nearby stranger, to the weak,” he added, alluding to Doha’s refusal to join the Riyadh-led boycott of Tehran.

“Now is the time to unite, one heart/to protect one another beyond hate.”

The poem garnered more than 80,000 likes overnight.

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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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.

They closed their airspace to Qatari carriers and blocked the emirate’s only land border, a vital route for its food imports. They 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 support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

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”.

Bosnian Serb psychiatrist-turned-politician Radovan Karadzic, sentenced to 40 years in jail by a UN court last year for his part in the 1995 genocide of Muslims in the town of Srebrenica, also fancied himself as a poet, releasing a collection of poetry and a novel, “Miraculous Chronicles of the Night”.

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