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.
The Arabian Revolution Flag, By Shareef Hussein

The Aqaba Flagpole in Aqaba, Jordan is the 6th tallest free standing flagpole in the world at a height of 130 metres (430 ft) high,[1][2] after the 165 m (541 ft) Jeddah Flagpole, 165 m (541 ft) Dushanbe Flagpole, 162 m (531 ft) National Flagpole, 160 m (525 ft) Panmunjeom flagpole and 133 m (436 ft) Ashgabat Flagpole. It carries the flag of the Arab Revolt and can be seen from Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Flagpole was built in 2004 and opens on 3 October.[3]


Technical data[edit]

Pole height: 130 meters Pole weight: 344,000 pounds (172 tons).
Number of pole sections: 11.
Bottom of pole diameter: 103 inches.
Top of pole diameter: 42 inches.
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


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