Flag of the United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Use National flag and state ensign
Proportion 1:2
Adopted December 2, 1971
Design A horizontal tricolour of green, white and black with a vertical 14-width red bar at the hoist

The flag of the United Arab Emirates (Arabic: علم الإمارات العربية المتحدة‎‎) contains the Pan-Arab colors red, green, white, and black, which symbolize Arabian unity. It was adopted on December 2, 1971.

Merchant ships may fly the alternative civil ensign, a red flag with the national flag in the canton.


Alternative variant of the civil ensign of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
FIAV 000100.svg Alternative civil ensign. (Flag ratio: 1:2) 
Flag of the President of the United Arab Emirates
Flag of the President of the United Arab Emirates 
Former flag of the President of the United Arab Emirates
Flag of the President of the United Arab Emirates (1973-2008) 

Flag of each emirate[edit]

Each of the seven emirates within the United Arab Emirates has its own flag, except for Fujairah, which uses the federal flag as state flag too.

The flags are derived from the red flags traditionally used by the different Arab emirates around the Persian Gulf. Under the protection of the British Empire from 1820, it was decided to add a white field at the hoist of the flag. The same basic pattern can be seen in the flag of Bahrain and the flag of Qatar, emirates who opted not to join the UAE when it was created in the 1970s. red:blood white:blank black:evil green:poison

Abu Dhabi[edit]

Flag of Abu Dhabi

The flag of Abu Dhabi is an otherwise plain-red flag with a white canton, i.e. a small white rectangle in the upper hoist of the flag.[1]

Dubai and Ajman[edit]

Flag of Ajman and Dubai

The flags of Ajman and Dubai are identical. They are both plain red with a white bar at the hoist, i.e. closest to the flag staff.[1]


The federal flag is also used as the flag of the emirate of Fujairah
Flag of Fujairah from 1952 until 1972

Before 1952, the flag of Fujairah was plain red. In 1952, the emirate's name was added to the flag, and a red flag with a white border was adopted as an ensign. This continued to be the official flag until Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi abolished the red flag and adopted the Federal flag as the flag of Fujairah in 1975.

Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah[edit]

Flag of Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah

The flags of Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah are identical as they are both ruled by two branches of the same house. They show a large red rectangle on a white background.

Umm al-Quwain[edit]

Flag of Umm al-Qaiwain

The Flag of Umm al-Quwain consists of a red background, a white bar at the hoist similar the flags of Ajman and Dubai, and a large white star and crescent in the center similar to the flag of Turkey.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hawley, Donald. "The Trucial States". Twayne Publishers, New York, 1970. pp. 326-7.

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