Celebrations marking Kuwait's 55th National Day and 25th Liberation Day were held all over the country on Thursday and Friday. Despite numerous security, economic and social challenges in the region, thousands of Kuwaitis joined in the celebrations with patriotic fervor. Private and public buildings were adorned with flags, lights and other decorations to mark the occasion.
This year's celebration marked the 10th anniversary of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s accession to power and also coincided with Kuwait being chosen as ‘Capital of Islamic Culture’ for 2016. Kuwait’s National and Liberation Days were also marked by the re-opening of the country's most iconic touristic site, the Kuwait Towers.
In line with the annual tradition, military shows were held with the high-profile participation of land, air, and marine forces from the Defense Military, the Interior Ministry and the Kuwait National Guard. A parade featuring armored vehicles, tanks, and other military equipment was also organized, while the air force conducted a fly-past leaving plumes in colors of the national flag across the sky.
At the Sabah Al Ahmad cultural village, which was decorated with the colored lights representing the national flag, several events and festivities were organized and will remain open to the public until 15 March.