On this day (Sept. 3) in 1971, Qatar gained its independence from Britain. It used to be celebrated as a national holiday, until the government decreed in 2007 that Dec. 18 would be marked annually instead.
The new National Day represents a more symbolic moment in history for Qatar – it is the day in 1878 that Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Bin Thani succeeded his father as leader of the tribes of Qatar.
Happy 42nd Independence Day, Qatar! Thoughts?
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