Aqaba Flagpole

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The Aqaba Flagpole in Aqaba, Jordan, as seen from Eilat, Israel, is the sixth-tallest free-standing flagpole in the world.
Flag of the Arab Revolt

The Aqaba Flagpole in Aqaba, Jordan is a 130 metres (430 ft) tall flagpole. This height makes it the 6th tallest free–standing and 7th tallest flagpole in the world.[1][2] It was the tallest free–standing flagpole in the world until being surpassed by the 133 metres (436 ft) tall Ashgabat Flagpole in 2008. It carries the flag of the Arab Revolt commemorating the Battle of Aqaba that took place in 1917. The flagpole can be seen from Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. The flagpole was built in 2004 and opened on 3 October 2004.[3]


Technical data[edit]

Pole height: 130 meters (427 feet)

Pole weight: 344,000 pounds (156 tonnes)

Number of pole sections: 11

Bottom of pole diameter: 103 inches (2.6 metres)

Top of pole diameter: 42 inches (1.1 metres)

Bottom section plate thickness: 1.26 inches – Fy = 50 ksi

Top section plate thickness: .394 inches – Fy = 36 ksi

Maximum section length: 39 feet (12 m)

Mating flanges thicknesses: Minimum: 1.58 inches, maximum 1.97 inches (50 mm)

Flange bolts maximum diameter: 3 inches

Bolt material: A354, Fy = 115 ksi

Foundation: 56 feet (17 m) square by 8.50 feet (2.59 m) deep, 990 cubic yards concrete

Design criteria[edit]

Flag size: 98.5 feet (30.0 m) by 197 feet (60 m)

Flag material: Polyester

Wind speed criteria: (pole and flag) - 90 mph (140 km/h)

Wind speed criteria: (pole only) - 130 mph (210 km/h)

Seismic zone: 4 (Uniform Building Code)

Near seismic source: Less than 2 km (Aqaba Rift)


ANSI/NAAMFP-1001-97 – Guide Specification for Design Loads of Metal Flagpoles

Standard Specification for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, AASHTO

Structural engineer of record: Neil Moore and Associates

Builder: Trident Support Corp. with assistance from US Flag and Flagpole Supply LP Contractor : Sahara contracting corporation, Amman, Jordan


  1. ^ - Aqaba Flagpole info on the website of Trident Support Corp. Archived January 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Dubai wants tallest flagpole". Archived from the original on 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2009-11-12. Archived February 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "جلالته يفتتح بوابة العقبة ويشاهد رفع علم الثورة العربية ويتفقد مشروع فندق انتركونتيننتال - صحيفة الرأي".

Coordinates: 29°31′18″N 35°00′04″E / 29.5217°N 35.0011°E / 29.5217; 35.0011