Flag of united arab emirates

The flag of the United Arab Emirates (Arabic: علم الإمارات العربية المتحدة‎) was adopted on December 2, 1971.

It contains the Pan-Arab colors red, green, white and black, which symbolize Arabian unity.

Merchant ships may fly the alternative civil ensign, a red flag with the national flag in the canton.


Flag of each emirate

Each of the seven emirates within the United Arab Emirates (except Fujairah, see below) has its own flag:

Abu Dhabi

The flag of Abu Dhabi is an otherwise plain-red flag with a small white rectangle in the upper left.

Ajman and Dubai

The flags of Ajman and Dubai are identical. They are otherwise plain red with a white bar on the left.


From 1902 until 1952, the flag of Fujairah was plain red. In 1952, the Sheikh included the name of the emirate, in white, on the red flag. 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.

Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah

The flags of Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah are identical. They are a large red rectangle on a white background.

Umm al-Quwain

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

See also

External links

  • First raising of the flag on 2 December, 1971 (photo)
  • Flags of the World
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