"Al-Nasheed Al-Watani," or the National Anthem, has been Kuwait's official anthem since 1978, when it replaced the "Amiri Salute." The words were written by the poet Ahmad Meshari Al-Adwani. The music was composed by Ibrahim Al-Soula and Ahmad Ali arranged the composition. It was first broadcast on 25 February 1978, on the occasion of Kuwait's National Day. Before 1978 Amiri Salute was used. It was composed by Yusuf Adees in 1951. Now the salute is the first six bars of the national anthem.