The United Arab Emirates is a country in the Middle East and North Africa, consisting of seven emirates. The UAE was formed on 2 December 1971 from the Trucial States which had been under British protection since 1820.
The unification of these states occurred after Britain announced it would withdraw from the region in 1968 and negotiations were held with Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia who all had territorial claims on the Trucial States.
The UAE flag was designed by Mr. Abdulla Mohammed Al Ma’enah after he read an advertisement announcing a competition for designing the UAE flag sponsored by Al Diwan Al Amiri Abu Dhabi. His design was selected from over 1,000 entries.
When and How the UAE Flag Day is Celebrated
The Flag Day is celebrated annually on 3 November to commemorate the unification of the Trucial States and the formation of the United Arab Emirates. The flag is flown at all federal government buildings, major corporations, and private residences. Special ceremonies are held at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi where the Emir of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, raises the flag. The day is also marked by patriotic concerts, air shows, and other events.
What Does the UAE Flag Represent?
The UAE flag is a vertical tricolor of green, white and black. The flag is emblazoned with a red wedge-shaped band running from the hoist to the fly.
The green represents the growth, prosperity, and progress of the UAE. The white represents peace and giving. The black represents the strength and power of the UAE people. The red band represents the sacrifice and bravery of those who have fought for the UAE.
The flag of the United Arab Emirates was adopted on 2 December 1971. It is one of the youngest national flags in the world. The flag has a width to length ratio of 2 to 3.
The UAE Flag Law stipulates that the flag must be respected and treated with dignity. It should not be used for commercial purposes or as decoration. The flag should not be intentionally damaged or soiled. It should not be flown in a manner that would cause it to become damaged or soiled. The law also stipulates that the flag must be replaced if it becomes damaged or soiled.
The UAE Flag Law was enacted by Federal Decree No. (2) of 1971 and amended by Federal Decree No. (11) of 2008. The law stipulates that the flag must be respected and treated with dignity.