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[Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)] 1:2   image by Željko Heimer

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A red flag with a white canton, a variant of the no. 1 flag described in the General Maritime Treaty 1820.
Santiago Dotor
, 18 April 2001

Red flag with white canton, width 1/3 of the hoist, length 1/3 of fly. Source: Album des Pavillons (2000). A note explains that this flag is often replaced with the Union flag.
Željko Heimer, 31 July 2001

The construction details given by the Album 2000 and quoted by Željko are correct according to The "Flag Law for the Year 1969" (Law No. 1 of 1969), published in Official Gazette No. 1 of January 1969:

Article 3:
The flag shall consist of the colours white and red, and it shall be rectangular in shape so that its length equals double its width.
Article 4:
The white colour shall be at the upper part of the right side of the flag as shown in the diagram,
Article 5:
The proportions of the length and width of the white colour to those of the red shall be as shown in the diagram provided that this does not effect the total stipulated length and width of the flag.
The diagram mentioned above shows a flag with the canton on the right in the Islamic manner - a canton which occupies one-third of the width by one-third of the length.
Christopher Southworth, 6 June 2004

Civil and Air Ensigns

I believe the current emirates have civil ensigns. I have the civil ensign and the air ensign of Abu Dhabi.
Jaume Ollé, 14 June 1999

Ensign until 1958

[Ensign until 1958 (Abu Dhabi)] 1:3 image by Santiago Dotor

Santiago Dotor asked, "when did Abu Dhabi reduce its hoist stripe to a canton?". In 1958, at first at sea. On land the flag was still plain red. Only later the plain flag was abolished for the canton-flag. But I still do not know when, might be around 1968.
Ralf Stelter
, 20 April 2001

Flag until c.1968

[Flag until c.1968 (Abu Dhabi)] 1:3 image by Santiago Dotor

Flag c.1899-c.1901

[Flag c.1899-c.1901 (Abu Dhabi)] 1:2? image by Christian Berghänel, 19 October 2002

I am still researching the history of the Arab Emirates' flags. One of the unsolved questions is what did the green flag of Abu Dhabi (used for about ten years) look like.
Ralf Stelter
, 19 April 2001

A plate from the Flag Research Center's Corpus Vexillorum Mundi (CVM): National Flags issued in 1986 deals with the green flag of Abu Dhabi:

The color plate CVM 00007 represents the national flag at sea (also presumably used on land) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, a semi-independent state protected by the United Kingdom, as displayed no earlier than October 1899 until approximately October 1901. This flag is documented in Lorimer's Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Volume I, Part I, p. 744, and the historical précis of the Indian Government prepared in 1906 by Mr. Saldanha.
Please note: The proportions are not specified but circa 1:2 in the picture. The green colour is not specified either, might be slightly darker.
Christian Berghänel
, 19 October 2002

United Arab Emirates University

[United Arab Emirates University (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)] image by Santiago Tazón

In January 2002 I spent a week in the United Arab Emirates. I saw the flag of the United Arab Emirates University, placed in Al-Ain (Abu Dhabi).
Santiago Tazón
, 6 February 2002

The seal of the United Arab Emirates University, which can be found at, features the flag of the UAE very prominently; two UAE flags form the framework of the seal, extending from the base to an open space partially filled by a shield at the top.
Ron Lahav, 1 December 2005

Emirates Heritage Club

[Heritage Emirates Club (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)] image by Jose Creu, 15 March 2005

[From the club's website:]

The Emirates Heritage Club has been established in 1993 under the instructions, of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates "God blesses him". In June 1997 Emirates Heritage Club is considered as an independent authority belonging to Abu Dhabi Government headed by His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the Emirates Heritage Club according to the Amiri Decree No. 14/1997.

The Emirates Heritage Club aims to educate the new generations the heritage of their ascendants through developing all the traditional activities, carrying out the studies and research works, spreading the cultural and ideational awareness among the sons of the United Arab Emirates, and also to deepen the national feeling towards their country's culture.
Jose Creu
, 15 March 2005

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