United Arab Emirates flag: colors, meaning and history

United Arab Emirates flag
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United Arab Emirates flag Design  and Description:-

United Arab Emirates flag consist of four colored stripes. Three equal size horizontal stripes and one vertical stripe of same size,  but having width one-fourth more than horizontal stripes, is lat the hoist side of the flag. Three horizontal stripes contains the Pan Arab colors of Green, White and Black colors, and the vertical stripe is of Red color.

U.A.E flag was adopted on December 2, 1971.

United Arab Emirates flag meaning :-

What does emirates flag mean?

The colors of the UAE flag shows the revolutionary flag of Arabs which was designed in 1916 and was flown by the Arab nationalists during their struggle for liberty against the Ottoman Empire.

Red, black, green and white are the actually the pan-Arab colors and have been linked historically for centuries to the Arabs and their Islamic faith. These colors represent the Arab unity and independence.

These colors of the flag of the UAE also stand for the unification of the seven emirates .The seven emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Qaiwain and Sharjah. Each color is a representative for the Arabic world.

Green color in UAE flag is a symbol for fertility,growth, prosperity, green environment and cultural renaissance

White color shows the neutrality and peace, and the contributions of UAE’s towards the approach to support the security and peace in the world.

Black color used as the symbol of the country’s oil wealth and the flag color of Muhammad (S.A.W) who is the Islamic prophet.It also reflects the strength of Emirati citizens and their rejection of injustice and extremism.

Red stripe in the flag was purposely put as a way of remembering the previous flags of the Kharijite Muslims. It also shows the sacrifices of previous generations who sacrifice their lives to laid the foundations for the Union and the sacrifices of the nation’s martyrs to safeguard the UAE, its achievements, and gains.


United Arab Emirates flag colors:-

Color Scheme of UAE flag :-

Scheme Color

RedLa Salle GreenWhite





(255, 0, 0)(0, 115, 47)(255, 255, 255)(0, 0, 0)


0, 1, 0, 01, 0, 0.549, 0.5490, 0, 0, 00, 0, 1, 1

United Arab Emirates flag History:-

United Arab Emirates flag was adopted on December 2, 1971 after formation of  by a union of seven Emirates. Before 1971 the seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain were known as the Trucial States, due to a nineteenth-century truce between the British and some Arab sheikhs. Until the mid 19th century the area was known as the Pirate Coast because of the number of pirates there.

UAE states flags :-

Each of the seven emirates in United Arab Emirates has its own flag, except for Fujairah, which uses the federal flag as state flag too.

All the flags have been derived from the red flags which were traditionally used by the different Arab emirates around the Persian Gulf. From 1820, it was decided to add a white field at the hoist side of the flag to show that the Emirates are under the protection of British Empire. This basic pattern can also be seen in the flag of Bahrain and the flag of Qatar, emirates who opted not to join the UAE when it was created in the 1970s.

Abu Dhabi flag :-

plain-red flag with a white canton.

UAE state Abu Dhabi flag


flag of  Umm al-Quwain :-

he Flag of Umm al-Quwain consists of a red background, a white bar at the hoist similar the flags of Ajman and Dubai, and a large white star and crescent in the center similar to the flag of Turkey.

UAE state Umm al Qaiwain flag


Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah:-

The flags of Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah are identical as they are both ruled by two branches of the same house. They show a large red rectangle on a white background.


UAE state Sharjah flag


Fujairah flag :-

Before 1952, the flag of Fujairah was plain red. In 1952, the emirate’s name was added to the flag, and a red flag with a white border was adopted as an ensign. This continued to be the official flag until Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi abolished the red flag and adopted the Federal flag as the flag of Fujairah in 1975.

UAE state Fajirah flag

Dubai and Ajman flag :-

The flags of Ajman and Dubai are identical. They are both plain red with a white bar at the hoist, i.e. closest to the flag staff.

UAE state Ajman flag

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