KUWAIT, Feb 6 – Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, hoisted Kuwait’s flag at Safat Square on Thursday, commencing the national day celebrations.

The flag hoisting ceremony gathered Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, and other ministers and governors, as well as a large number of the public.

Sheikh Mohammad, who attended the ceremony on behalf of the Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, toured an exhibition at the nearby Al-Mubarkiya marketplace.

On his part, Sheikh Salman, who doubles as head of the standing committee on national celebrations, said, this year’s celebrations are being held under the slogan of “Humanitarian Leader,” in commemoration of the UN honouring of the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in Sept.

“The stage is set for the national celebrations, thanks to the sincere efforts made by the various state departments, non-governmental bodies and public figures,” he said, in statements to KUNA.

Sheikh Salman appreciated the efforts of members of the organising committee, notably the committee’s secretary, Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, as well as, the executive teams of the Ministry of Information.

“The events this year include the “Lit City” celebration on Feb 14 and Bait Al-Qurain celebration on Feb 24, in commemoration of Kuwait’s martyrs,” he added.

He invited citizens and expatriates in Kuwait to the Humanitarian Leader carnival, due on Feb 26, on the Gulf Street and the celebration marking the reopening of the landmark Kuwait Towers, after refurbishment, on the same day.