This month, many Qatar residents have been embracing the Mannequin Challenge, a new global internet trend that involves recording yourself frozen in mid-action.
Locally, several individuals, schools, sports teams, businesses and other organizations have all shared themselves partaking in the challenge.
Here are five of the most memorable videos:
1. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
In this beautifully-shot video, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) is seen frozen in their seats while Qatari artist Dana Al Fardan’s song “My Eyes” plays in the background.
The production was the result of a collaboration between QPO, DNA Records, ILoveQatar.net, Austrian filmmaker and producer Alex Klim, and others.
Speaking to Doha News, ILQ co-founder Khalifa Saleh Al Haroon said the team shot this video in only one take, because the QPO only have five free minutes before rehearsal.
ILQ had been preparing for the shoot for three days, however.
“We joined the mannequin challenge in a way that shows off Qatar’s direction towards culture, supporting new talent, and setting new standards,” Al Haroon added.
2. Qatar Olympic football team
In this clip, 20 Olympic football players freeze in the middle of what appears to be a gym workout.
Stop are stopped in the middle of lifting weights, while others are paused doing crunches or working on the elliptical machine.
3. Marsa Malaz Kempinski
Here, hotel employees and staff take the challenge at the Kempinski’s Cafe Murano.
Two customers pause mid-greeting, while a chef and waiters are shown poised to pour hot beverages into guests’ cups.
The clip, like most other #MannequinChallenge videos, is accompanied by a rendition of hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.”
4. Redbull/College of the North Atlantic-Qatar
A busy campus freezes for about 25 seconds in this challenge, where students pose mid-selfie, perch on trees and hold a yoga pose indefinitely.
This clip ends of course with someone opening a Red Bull.
5. Jamid Box
Finally, one more workout video. Here, members of a Qatar gym are seen frozen in several challenging positions.
Some are doing a headstand, while others are lifting exceptionally heavy weights, or climbing opposite a wall.
This one was a reader submission – construction workers having a bit of fun trying out the challenge:
Which challenge videos have you been enjoying? Thoughts?