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Flag of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag, design, history, colors. UAE Flag Day each year on 03 November. Flag design by Abdullah Mohammed Al Mainah from Abu Dhabi, competition winner in 1971. Presidential Flag, marine flag, emblem and coat of arms.

The UAE flag design and colors

The UAE flag has a vertical red band on the pole side, adjacent to 3 horizontal bands, green, white, and black from top to bottom. The flag design was the winning entry in a competition held in 1971, designed by a 19 year old Emirati from Abu Dhabi, Abdullah Mohammed Al Mainah (Abdulla Mohamed Al Maeena, Al Maainah, Al Ma'enah, Almaainah). Well, technically he was probably not an Emirati at the time since the competition was held first, then the UAE was founded.

He then carried on with a career in the UAE diplomatic service. There are probably not so many ambassadors around the world who look at a flag they designed when they get to the office every morning.

UAE Flag Day

UAE Flag Day is held on 03 November each year, the anniversary of the inauguration of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan as UAE President in 2004. It is also a remembrance of the founding of the UAE in 1971, and the founding fathers Sheikh Zayed of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid of Dubai, and rulers of the other emirates. First announced by Sheikh Mohammed in November 2013.

Flag Day is not a UAE official public holiday.

The UAE Coat of Arms, UAE Emblem

A bit more historical background, the UAE emblem (coat-of-arms) design was also the winning entry of a competion held in 1971, designed by Zabia Khamis (Zabya Khamis) (Dabbya Khamees), a young lady from Abu Dhabi. The emblem became official on 09 Dec 1971 (other sources say 1973), and the design was modified in 23 Mar 2008, the main difference being replacement of the dhow in the centre of the falcon with a UAE flag.

Flags in emirates of the UAE

List of flags for each emirate in the UAE
Emirate Flag Notes
Abu Dhabi    
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)    
Umm Al Quwain (UAQ)    

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