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In Pictures: Qatar National Day 2019 – AL JAZEERA

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A military aircraft as part of Qatar’s National Day celebrations in Doha. SORIN FURCOI/AL JAZEERA

Doha, Qatar – Thousands of people gathered along the Qatari capital’s waterfront to celebrate National Day on Wednesday.

The celebrations included a parade of Qatari soldiers and military hardware along Doha’s corniche, while fighter jets and helicopters flew overhead.

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

Members of the Qatari armed forces march during the National Day parade. SHOWKAT SHAFI/AL JAZEERA

Military helicopters fly by Doha’s skyline as part of the celebrations. SORIN FURCOI/AL JAZEERA

The parade began at 9:30am local time (06:30 GMT) on the Corniche. SHOWKAT SHAFI/AL JAZEERA

Camel-mounted policemen participate in Qatar’s National Day celebrations. SORIN FURCOI/AL JAZEERA

This year, parachute jumping usually seen during the celebration was cancelled due to compromising weather conditions. SHOWKAT SHAFI/AL JAZEERA

On December 18, 1878, Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father Mohammed bin Thani as ruler of the Qatari Peninsula. SORIN FURCOI/AL JAZEERA

The parade had aerial displays of various types of warplanes, combat helicopters and air transports. SORIN FURCOI/AL JAZEERA

Qatar’s Military and Civil Defence, including Amiri Forces, Air Force, Army, and different Police wings, took part in the parade. SHOWKAT SHAFI/AL JAZEERA

Military hardware showcased along the capital city’s Corniche road. SORIN FURCOI/AL JAZEERA

Qatari forces along with military dogs march during the parade. SHOWKAT SHAFI/AL JAZEERA

Thousands of citizens and residents gathered ot the Corniche to witness the parade as part of the Qatar National Day celebrations. SHOWKAT SHAFI/AL JAZEERA

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: December 18, 2019 at 08:44AM

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