Flag of Qatar

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Flag of Qatar.svg
Name Innabi
Use National flag and ensign
Proportion 11:28
Adopted 9 July 1971
Flag and emblem of Qatar, displayed above the entrance of the Qatari Embassy in Paris

The flag of Qatar (Arabic: علم قطر‎) is in the ratio of 11:28. It is maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side.

The meaning of Qatar's flag is:

  • The white colour reflects the internationally recognised symbol of peace
  • The maroon colour symbolises the blood shed during the several wars Qatar has undergone, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.
  • The nine-point serrated line indicates that Qatar is the 9th member of the "reconciled Emirates" of the Persian Gulf in the wake of concluding the Qatari-British treaty in 1916.

It is very similar to the flag of the neighbouring country Bahrain, which has fewer points, a 3:5 proportion, and a red colour instead of maroon.

Qatar's flag is the only national flag having a width more than twice its height.[citation needed]


In 1855, Shaikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani already used a flag with similar pattern and the colour red and white. The flag's colour was tinted darker by the sun. Thus the color was adopted, creating Qatar red. The flag was officially adopted on July 9, 1971, although a nearly identical flag (only differing in proportion) had been used since 1949.

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