Qatar Urdu Radio launched its flagship programme Haqeeqat on August 12 last year. ‘Haqeeqat’ – reality in Urdu and Al Haqeeqah in Arabic, has completed 92 episodes with different guests in each episode. It is a joint collaboration between Gulf Times and Qatar Media Corporation-Urdu Radio.
The idea behind the show was to engage and interact with the South Asian expatriate community in Qatar and discuss various aspects related to the June 5 siege on Qatar. Issues related to diplomacy, economic outlook and human rights violations are some of the areas that have been covered on the show. Saif-ur-Rehman, the host of the popular show, said that there is a lot of hard work that goes into the production of show behind the scenes. “We talk about the current affairs keeping in view Qatar and the siege and the way it’s affecting local people and businesses,” he explained.
Most of the guests have said that the Gulf crisis has opened new avenues for business, especially for young entrepreneurs, with many of them starting their own businesses. They pointing out that Qatar has already facilitated and eased the process for new businesses in the country.
In many ways, the crisis helped the government to focus on domestic market and move towards self-sufficiency. Qatari citizens, in particular, have taken initiatives to produce all kinds of products, be it dairy items, vegetables or materials used for construction after the illegal siege was imposed by the neighbouring countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
The show Haqeeqat is transcribed from Urdu to English on daily basis with a roundup published in the ‘Gulf Times’ regularly.
Last updated: January 02 2018 12:25 AM
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