United Arab Emirates Flag Colors, Meaning & History

United Arab Emirates flag
Color Palette
Red#C8102E200, 16, 460, 92, 77, 22
Green#00843D0, 132, 61100, 0, 54, 48
White#FFFFFF255, 255, 2550, 0, 0, 0
Black#0000000, 0, 00, 0, 0, 100

The UAE flag is made of the four colors that represent the pan Arabs. It has a vertical red stripe that is close to the mast. Next to the vertical red stripe come three horizontal and equal stripes of green, white, and black. The length of the flag is twice its width.

Meaning of the Flag

The UAE flag colors represent Arab values. The vertical red stripe represents the unity of the seven emirates and symbolizes courage and chivalry. The green represents the vast lands of the emirates and the prosperity of the country. The white color represents generosity, purity, and good intentions, while the black stands for the defeat of enemies in battles and strength of mind.

UAE Flag History

The flag of the UAE was designed by a young Emirati man named Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah in 1971. Among 1300 contestants, his design was chosen to be the National Emirati flag. It was first officially used on December 2, 1971. In 1993, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum introduced the Flag Day as a national day to commemorate the first day of the rule of His Highness, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who became the president of UAE on November 3, 1971. Flag Day is celebrated every year in the UAE. It is worth noting that there is a version of the Emirati flag with a Falcon emblem on it, which is called the presidential flag. The only one who is allowed to raise this flag is the president of the UAE.