On 2 December 1971, Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan lifted the UAE flag to mark the unification of the nation for the first time. The flag is made up of four colors— green, white, black, and red — that together reflect the Arabs unity.
The United Arab Emirates flag features a horizontal tricolor pattern along the hoist with a vertical band. The UAE flag’s most significant design feature is its importance of the four colors used in the logo.
The colors reflect various characteristics including harmony, stability and prosperity. Within the next segment, we will discuss certain colors and what each reflects in more detail. The overriding team on the flag of this country is the solidarity of all Arab nations.
The flag was created by Abdullah Mohammad Al Maainah, a young Emirati after seeing an advertisement about a competition to design it. He later went on to become foreign minister.
How does that mean by colours?
Red Red stands for ruggedness, bravery, strength and courage. Often, the vertical red band can be interpreted as bringing together all other concepts in unity.
Green Green stands for hope, happiness, optimism and affection. This can also symbolize prosperity for the region.
White White stands for harmony and also integrity. White is the purest color, and to symbolize cleanliness is perceived by others.
Black The black band, contrary to popular opinion, doesn’t reflect oil. It stands for enemy defeat, and also mind strength.
History of UAE flag
The UAE national flag was adopted for the first time on 2 December 1971. It was also conceived the same year by Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah. The flag issue revolves around the unity of the world’s Arab nations.
This isn’t the first flag the country has used, though. The UAE’s emirates originally had a red flag with banners unique to them. Six of the emirates went under British Protectorate rule during the 19th century, and the flag was changed to add a line of white to the hoist.
The Abu Dhabi flag featured a green field in the upper left corner, with a white rectangle. Fujairah’s flag was just red until the 1950’s, when the emirate’s name was applied to white Arabic calligraphy.
Ajman and Dubai had similar flags, also showing a red field at the hoist with a vertical white band. Ras Al Kahaimah and also Sharjah both have the same flags, with a wide red rectangle centered on a white field. Umm Al Quwain had a red background flag in the middle, and a white star and a crescent moon.