Flag of Bahrain

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The national flag of Bahrain (Arabic: علم البحرين‎) consists of a white band on the left, separated from a red area on the right by five triangles that serve as a serrated line.

Red is the traditional colour for flags of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. The white is on the hoist side; the five points represent the five pillars of Islam.

It is very similar to the flag of Qatar, which has more points and has a darker red.


The oldest known flags of Bahrain were plain red. In 1820, Bahrain signed a treaty with the United Kingdom, and a white stripe was added to the flag to indicate the truce. In 1932, a serrated edge was added to distinguish the flag of Bahrain from those of its neighbours.[1]

The flag originally had twenty-eight white points, but this was reduced to eight in 1972.[1] In 2002 the number was again reduced to five, so that each of the points could stand for one of the Five Pillars of Islam.[2]