Google Doodle today, marks the celebration of Kuwait National Day. On this day, this nation finally declared independence from British rule in the year 1961. It is on this day Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah sat on the throne and signed a new constitution. This New constitution confirmed Kuwait’s status as a sovereign state in 1962. So this day recognizes the great endeavor of  Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. Eventually, it is a national holiday in the country. People often outdoors with their family and friends. You can see the national flag of the nation flying everywhere.

Kuwait National Day

Special dishes like fūl, hummus, and falafel are made. These dishes come under the authentic cuisine of Kuwait. Yet, this country has a national dish which is the machboos, a bowl of fragrant rice made with mutton, chicken, or fish fresh from the Gulf, topped with a spicy broth and red sauce called dakoos. They follow a dress code which is their traditional grab called dishdashas for men and daraas and abayas for women. Many parades concerts, light shows, and firework displays are a common sight. Children often play with water guns and squirt guns. Read more on the Google Doodle page.

Kuwait National Day – History:

Initially, Kuwait was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Later after World War I, it became the protectorate of the British.  At around 1930s, Kuwait struck large deposits of oil in its area of responsibility. Although it was already an independent sheikdom when it was under British protection, it was only until 1961 that Kuwait gained independence and became a sovereign nation.

Right after achieving independence, the government immediately saw through to the development of the nation’s petroleum industry and its allied industries and indeed achieved rapid growth unlike any other. In 1990, Saddam Hussein ordered the Iraqi army to occupy this small sheikhdom. The annexation of Kuwait, however, was for a very short period. The Americans intervened as Iraq, another major oil player, could possibly dictate oil supply and prices, and worst, discriminate who to sell oil to. See also: Estonia Independence Day

However, before the Iraqis gave back Kuwait to the ruling family, the al-Sabah family, Saddam Hussein ordered its troops to set ablaze all oil wells it can set fire to. It was one of the worst environmental disasters the world has ever seen as it took nine months just to put out the fire. After 2 years from that dreadful burning of the oil wells, the Kuwaiti government immediately rebuilt all lost infrastructures and oil production was back.

In recent events, although, Kuwait is a Muslim dominated nation, in 2005, Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al Sabah appointed Massouma Mubarak as a cabinet minister. Also, in 2009, four women won seats in the parliament to sit as lawmakers. It was a truly shocking turn of events for its neighboring Arab nations.

Kuwait National Day – Special Events of 2019:

UAE presents massive sand portrait for Kuwait National Day. To celebrate Kuwait’s National Day on February 25, the UAE presented a portrait to Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah. The sand portrait can be seen from space by the UAE satellite Khalifa Sat, which captured stunning shots from space.

Qatar unveils ‘Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor’ project to mark Kuwait National Day. To mark Kuwait’s National Day and strengthen bonds of solidarity and brotherhood between the two countries, Qatar has named one of its important infrastructure projects after the Kuwait Emir.

Kuwait – Super Cool facts:

Kuwait’s oil reserves are the world’s sixth largest. The Kuwaiti Dinar, the official currency of Kuwait, is the highest-valued currency in the world. One Kuwaiti Dinar equals 1,000 fils. Their currency is available in both coins and notes in different denominations. The period between 1946 and 1982 is known as the “Golden Era” for Kuwait. The country became prosperous during this time. Kuwait is the first Gulf country to have established a constitution and parliament.

If a man presents a woman with a gift, it cannot come from him but must come from his wife, mother, sister or another female relative. Falcons are found in various places throughout Kuwait. Kuwaiti stamps and currencies always contain falcon imagery. The falcon is its national bird, which is why it is so dominant. Kuwait is the first country to introduce camel racing in 2006 with robotic jockeys on board the animals. There are no railways in Kuwait. Because of difficult climatic conditions in the country, farming is not possible. Instead, Kuwait buys food from other countries and catches fish on its own. See also: Indian Republic Day

Kuwait is devoid of permanent rivers and lakes, which means that it has no fresh-water sources above the ground. It uses wells and performs desalination of seawater for drinking and other purposes. However, Kuwait has plenty of oil, as well as some of the largest and most advanced desalination plants in the world to produce water for its consumption. Kuwait also has one of the largest per capita incomes in the world. Qatar and Luxembourg are among the top five nations on the list.

 

Long Live the Nation of Great Wealth!!

Happy Natioal Day Kuwait!!

 

 

 

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