The Shura Council held Monday its regular weekly meeting, under the chairmanship of HE Speaker of the Council Hassan bin Abdullah Al Ghanim.
At the outset of the session, the Council noted the achievements of the State of Qatar during the past year at all levels, internally and externally, under the wise leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The Council praised the Qatari successes during 2021 at all political, diplomatic, economic and sports levels, indicating that 2022 will be an exceptional year by hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The Council indicated that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on the whole world, however, the State of Qatar is steadily moving towards the future thanks to the wise guidance and sound vision of the wise leadership, wishing a good new year for all.
As the session continued, HE Secretary-General of the Shura Council Dr. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Fadhala read out the agenda of the session. The minutes of the previous session were approved.
At the beginning of the deliberations, the Council reviewed a draft law regulating the ownership of real estate by diplomatic and consular missions in the country, after discussions on the draft law, the Council decided to refer it to its Internal and External Affairs and Legal and Legislative Affairs Committees for further study and to provide the Council with a report on it.
After that, the Council touched on the issue of the negative aspects associated with marriage, based on a request for general discussion submitted by a number of members.
HE Speaker of the Council affirmed the importance of discussing this issue, as the huge sums spent on wedding occasions have become a burden on Qatari families, unlike the situation of the fathers and grandfathers in the recent past, whose lives were simple and their occasions were characterized with convergence and compassion, not with bragging and ostentation.
HE Speaker of the Council pointed out that the costs of wedding ceremonies, that were held in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, were not accompanied by any exaggerated manifestations and were decreased significantly.
In this context, a number of members discussed the topic and explained the exaggerated manifestations of the various celebrations and overspending, and provided a number of proposals and solutions to curb such phenomena.
After extensive discussions, the Council decided to form a temporary special committee to study these phenomena and develop controls and proposals to avoid and limit them.
The Council also reviewed a report on the participation of the Shura Council delegation in the work of the second Arab Parliament session of the second session of the third legislative term, and the accompanying meetings, which were held in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
In this context, the members hailed the participation of the Council delegation in these events, affirming that it contributes to strengthening ties and deepening understanding and highlights the Council's interest in promoting joint Arab action.