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Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

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Last modified: 2006-01-14 by santiago dotor
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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 [pay00]. A note explains that this flag is often replaced with the Union flag.

Željko Heimer, 31 July 2001

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)]
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