The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in the Middle East which has a flag with the colors of green, white, red and black. You may wonder what the UAE flag symbolizes.
Like any other country, a flag symbolizes its independence and government. The flag of the United Arab Emirates
was created on December 2, 1971 when the flag was adopted because of the country’s formation by the union of the seven sheikdoms.
Before the year 1971, what is known now as the seven emirates were referred to as Trucial States. This is in reference to the 19th century truce between a number of Arab sheikhs and the British.
The seven emirates are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Qaiwain and Sharjah. Until the middle of the 19th century, the seven emirates were known as the Pirate Coast as there were pirates living or staying in the area.
The colors of the UAE flag represent the Arab Revolt Flag which was designed in the year 1916 and was flown by the Arab nationalists in their struggle for liberty against the rule of the Ottoman.
The colors red, black, green and white are the pan-Arab colors which have been linked historically for centuries to the Arabs and their Islamic faith. The colors represent the Arab unity as well as independence.
The colors of the flag of the UAE also stand for the unification of the seven emirates which were mentioned above. Each of the color is a representative for the Arabic world.
The color of green in the UAE flag is a symbol for fertility while the white is representing neutrality and peace.
The color of black in the flag is a symbol of the country’s oil wealth and the flag color of Muhammad who is the Islamic prophet.
The red dash in the flag was purposely put as a way of remembering the previous flags of the Kharijite Muslims.
Did you know that the UAE had the biggest flagpole in the world until 2003 when Jordan has managed to make a bigger flag pole?
Did you also know that the length of the UAE flag is twice its width? It is divided into four bands which are rectangular in shape.
It was in the year 1973 when the coat of arms of the UAE was adopted officially which consisted of a golden falcon with disk. It is said that this represents unity.
There are seven stars that show the seven emirates.
The golden falcon is holding with its claws the red parchment which bears the federation’s name. The falcon has always been a symbol of luxury as well as high noble birth.
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