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 white portion of the Qatar flag symbolizes peace.
  • The maroon, which was formerly red, represents the Kharijite Muslims of Qatar and the bloodshed in Qatar's many wars.
  • The serrated edge represents Qatar as the 9th member of the 'reconciled Emirates' of the Persian Gulf at the conclusion of 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]


The flag was adopted just before Qatar gained independence from Britain on September 3, 1971. Qatar modified its entirely red flag with the addition of a white vertical stripe at the hoist to suit the British directive in the mid-19th century. The nine-pointed serrated edge was added to the Qatar flag in the mid-20th century and the maroon color was adopted in 1949, thus creating the modern day national flag. 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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