Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani – File photo
CAIRO – 19 August 2017: Twitter users from all over the Arab and Gulf region have launched a welcoming hashtag following the series of tweets that Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani tweeted to thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz after a decision to open the Salwa border crossing for the entry of Qatari pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's territories without electronic permits.
The hashtag #عبدالله_ال_ثاني_نورت_التويتر, meaning Welcome to Twitter Abdullah Al Thani, was heavily circulated across Twitter after the tweets.
A large set of officials, politicians, writers and public figures used the hashtag to welcome Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali to the scene.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al-Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, and the brother of Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al-Thani, who was overthrown by his cousin Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, grandfather of Prince Tamim bin Hamad on February 22, 1972.
Sheikh Abdullah used his Twitter account to extend his appreciation to the Saudi king, he also referred to a special operations room staffed by Saudis to cater to Qataris’ affairs and will be under his supervision while countries’ ties are currently severed.
He also denied all rumors that the Saudi Kingdom has banned transactions via Qatari Riyal.
The official Saudi Press Agency reported that Qatari pilgrims will be allowed to enter the kingdom by land and would then be flown onward from two Saudi airports in Dammam and al-Ahsa at the king's expense.
The special operations room will serve all requests from Qatari pilgrims and their relatives should they wish to arrange their affairs.