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His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani on Tuesday led the Qatar National Day celebrations which were marked across the country on a grand scale.
The Amir and Father Amir attended the 11th National Day Parade in the afternoon on Doha Corniche. HE Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Khalifa al-Thani; the Amir’s Personal Representative His Highness Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani; His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Thani; and HE Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa al-Thani were present.
The parade was also attended by HE the Advisory Council Speaker Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, a number of sheikhs and ministers, state guests including Tunisian Defence Minister Abdelkrim Zbidi, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, US Air Forces Central Command at Al Udeid Base Lieutenant General Joseph Guastella, Kuwait Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff General Sheikh Abdullah al-Nawaf al-Sabah, Italian Carabinieri Forces Commander in Chief Brigadier General Giovanni Nistri, British Royal Air Force Deputy Commander of Operations Air Marshal Stuart Atha, Algeria’s First Military Region Commander Major General Sidan Ali, Royal Moroccan Army’s HE Colonel Jido Abu Zeid and Sandhurst Royal Military Academy Commandant General Arthur Denaro.
Members of the Advisory Council, Central Municipal Council, heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Qatar and number of senior officers of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Interior, as well as dignitaries and scores of citizens and residents witnessed the parade.
The show began with the National Anthem, followed by verses from the Holy Qur’an. Eighteen artillery rounds were fired to mark the National Day.
The parade began with aerial displays of various types of warplanes, combat helicopters, cargo aircraft, and aerobatics teams followed by an entrance by armed forces' armoured vehicles, tanks, missile defence systems, military police equipment, anti-terrorism equipment, military communications, a maritime show featuring the Amiri Naval Forces' striking boats and modern naval vessels.
The Amiri Land Forces also participated along with the Amiri Air Forces and Naval Forces. Teams from the Ministry of Interior and Civil Defence took part in the parade as Internal Security Forces "Lekhwiya" paratroopers descended from the sky, in addition to a show of modern armoured vehicles and military equipment.
The Amir and Father Amir participated in Qatar's Ardha in Amiri Diwan yard on the Doha Corniche, to celebrate the National Day.
HE Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Khalifa al-Thani, His Highness Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa al-Thani, HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid al-Mahmoud, a number of sheikhs, ministers, members of the Advisory Council, dignitaries, and citizens also participated.