Celebrating National Day in Qatar

Thousands of residents gather along Doha's waterfront for colourful annual celebrations.

Al Jazeera Staff | | Arts & Culture, Middle East, Qatar

Thousands of people have gathered along Doha's waterfront to celebrate Qatar's National Day.

The celebrations on Friday included a parade of Qatari soldiers and military hardware along the capital city's corniche, while fighter jets and helicopters flew overhead and a flotilla of boats sailed past.

The annual holiday marks the date in 1878 when Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father and led the country towards unity.

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