United Arab Emirates Flag

United Arab
Emirates Flag

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Flag of United Arab Emirates - Description of the United Arab Emirates Flag
  • As the above picture of the United Arab Emirates Flag indicates it consists of three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and black with a wider vertical red band on the hoist side
  • According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the United Arab Emirates flag represent the following:
    • White - peace and honesty
    • Red - hardiness, bravery, strength & valour
    • Green - hope, joy and love and in many cultures have a sacred significance
    • Black - the defeat of enemies or determination
 

 
 
  • All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right
  • The shape and flag ratio of the United Arab Emirates is described as 1:2 (length twice the height )
  • The flag of the United Arab Emirates was adopted on December 2, 1971
 

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Flag Terminology - Did you Know ?
  • The design and description uses specific flag terminology based on Heraldic principles
  • Animal blazons should always appear with the heads facing the flag - staff side
  • The Study of the Flags is called Vexillology
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United Arab Emirates Flag Etiquette
  • United Arab Emirates Flag etiquette is very strict and is is essential that Flag protocols and rules are followed correctly
  • Basic Flag Etiquette applies to all nations, including United Arab Emirates as follows:
  • Etiquette relating to the order of precedence for the flag
    • National Flag of United Arab Emirates
    • State Flag of United Arab Emirates
    • Military Flag of United Arab Emirates (in order of creation date)
    • Other Flag of United Arab Emirates
  • The United Nations uses alphabetical order when presenting a national flag including the United Arab Emirates Flag. Their flag etiquette ensures that no one country's flag has precedence over another country's flag
  • The National flag of United Arab Emirates should never be flown above another national flag on the same staff as this would suggest superiority, or conversely, inferiority of one flag, or Nation, over another
  • The United Arab Emirates flag should never be allowed to drag along the ground
  • A tattered or faded flag of United Arab Emirates should be removed and replaced with a new flag
  • Due care and consideration must be taken to ensure that the United Arab Emirates flag is always flown the correct way up
  • A Flag of United Arab Emirates, when in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning in private with all due care and respect
 
Flag History & Evolution:
  • The idea of flying a flag grew from the requirements of ancient warfare and the battlefield
  • Shields were painted with emblems to identify Friend or Foe
  • Warriors needed to know where their leaders were - the custom of carrying a pole was adopted
  • An emblem such as a shield, animal or religious device was attached to the pole for identification
  • The emblems were also used for identity and to cover suits of armour - Coats of Arms  were born
  • These emblems were the forerunners of modern flags
  • The Romans were the first to use a cloth flag - they were square and fastened to cross bars at the end of spears - the idea of fastening a flag to the side of a pole soon followed
  • The strict rules of Heraldry are still used when designing an emblem and creating anew flag
 
 
Terminology & Etiquette in United Arab Emirates Flag display
  • Hoist - the act or function of raising the United Arab Emirates flag, as on a rope
  • Half Staff or Half Mast - the United Arab Emirates flag is hoisted to half of the potential height of the flag pole to denote grief and mourning
    • Performed by first raising the United Arab Emirates flag to the top, then lowering the United Arab Emirates Flag halfway
  • Distress - denoted by flying the United Arab Emirates flag upside-down
  • Manner of hoisting - The United Arab Emirates flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously
  • No disrespect should be shown to the United Arab Emirates flag
  • The United Arab Emirates flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit the Flag to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way
  • The United Arab Emirates flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing on the flag of any nature
  • The United Arab Emirates flag should be hoisted first and lowered last
  • International Flag relating to United Arab Emirates Flag usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace
  • We hope that the presentation of facts and information regarding United Arab Emirates Flag Etiquette has provided a useful resource
 

National Flags of the World Map

United Arab
Emirates

Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf
of Oman and the Persian Gulf,
between Oman and
Saudi Arabia

 
 

United Arab Emirates

  • Land Size of United Arab Emirates : 82,880 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of United Arab Emirates : desert; cooler in eastern mountains
  • Population of United Arab Emirates : 2,523,915
  • Former Name(s) : Trucial Oman, Trucial States
  • Capital City of United Arab Emirates : Abu Dhabi
  • GDP of United Arab Emirates : $57.7 billion (2003 est.)
  • Main Industries :  petroleum, fishing, petrochemicals, construction materials, some boat building, handicrafts, pearling
  • Currency of United Arab Emirates : Emirati dirham (AED)
  • Agricultural products : dates, vegetables, watermelons; poultry, eggs, dairy products; fish
  • Main Colors of United Arab Emirates Flag : red, white, green and black
  • Commonly mis-spelt as Emerates
 
Concise History of the United Arab Emirates & its Flag
  • Nineteenth century treaties granted Great Britain control of the defence and foreign affairs of the Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast
  • 1971 - six of these states merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    • Abu Zaby
    • Ajman
    • Al Fujayrah
    • Ash Shariqah
    • Dubayy
    • Umm al Qaywayn
  • 1972 - United Arab Emirates joined by Ras al-Khaimah
 
 

The Flag and Nations of the United Arab Emirates

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