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A video of a recent flash mob at Landmark Mall sponsored by Qtel in honor of National Day has been quietly taken down following complaints from some Qataris.

Friday’s performance, which the telecom company tweeted yesterday, appears to be the first flash mob here to engage so many sectors of society.

imageIt includes Qatari men doing traditional dance, women lip-singing patriotic songs and expats breakdancing all at the same time as a huge crowd looks on. As it progresses, it shows locals and expats almost engaging in a kind of dance-off.

The four-and-a-half minute video, which was posted ahead of National Day, was viewable last night, but has since been made private after it sparked the ire of some locals.

Mixed reception

Still, it received more than a dozen retweets, and a Facebook post teasing the video got 380 likes, indicating significant support for the performance.

A Qtel spokeswoman said the company had no comment about the video being pulled.

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The incident is yet another example of how carefully businesses in Qatar must tread when reaching out to a diverse community with different views of entertainment.

Previously, companies have come under fire here and even deleted tweets for promoting events that involve dancing and alcohol.

And despite support from some Doha residents, talent show Arab Idol canceled auditions here last month after criticism from the Qatari community.

On Twitter, many tweeted their displeasure under the hashtag #QtelFail, while others responded directly to Qtel, calling the performance “an abomination” and “disgusting.”

Others expressed frustration with the video’s criticism:

Meanwhile, the company has rolled out a deal in honor of National Day that is sure to sit well with everyone: 1,878 free local minutes or SMS for Shahry customers and Hala users who top-up QR50 or above from today to Wednesday, for use during those days (1878 being the year the founder of Qatar is credited with unifying the country).

Thoughts?

Credit: Top photo courtesy of Qtel’s Facebook page

Is 2011 over already?

In the 10 months since launching our site, you’ve given us an overwhelming response, and since we’re feeling extra-grateful and nostalgic, a trip down memory lane seems in order.

Here are the posts that really caught your attention this year, from smear campaigns against the Emir to flash mobs to talks of “the other white meat” making its way to Qatar:

And the #1 Doha News story that attracted the most buzz in 2011…

So there you have it! Our top 11 posts of 2011.

Feel like something is missing? Give it a shoutout in the comments!

Seven months after what was billed as Qatar’s first flash mob, video has surfaced of yet another spontaneous eruption of dance – this time in Doha’s City Center mall to the musical stylings of Maroon 5’s ‘Moves Like Jagger’.

What are your thoughts? In the comments on YouTube, there are a lot of haters!

Did you participate or catch the “mob” in action? We want to hear about it!