Last modified: 2003-03-15 by ivan sache
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by Zeljko Heimer
Flag adopted 9 July 1971, coat ot arms
adopted in 1978.
Proportion: 11:28 (very often 2:3 or 3:5)
Description: Maroon flag with a white stripe at host limited by a serration (i.e. a zigzag)
Use: on land, national, civil and war flag, at sea, national, civil and war ensign.
Colour approximate specifications (as given in Album des Pavillons [pay00]):
On this page:
Despite the near-villification of this flag over its
individualistic approach to proportions (11:28, a reflection of a "do
your own thing" view of national policy?), there is a fascinating
At first glance, the Qatar flag seems remarkably similar to the flag of Bahrain. Both have the distinctive serrated margin between the white band at the hoist and the "red" fly. The proportions set them apart (Bahrain 3:5) and the colors differ, with Bahrain being a standard "British" red (they, after all, had a strong and "involved" British adviser throughout the 1930s) and Qatar the distinctive "maroon." This similarity reflects an intertwined history.
To make a long and involved story very short, the histories of the two states have overlapped and occasionally collided since the 18th century. The distinctive Qatari flag emerged in the 1930s (official adoption of the maroon color came about 1949).
Bahrain's flag as we know it now was formally adopted in 1932 and the Qatari differences in size and color (said to be what becomes of red as it fades in the Gulf sun - a fanciful tale) seem to be largely an effort to make the Qatar flag DIFFERENT from the Bahrani banner.
Ed Haynes, 29 January 1996
Jaume Ollé, 14 April 2000
by Ivan Sache
According to Evans' Observer's Book of Flags (1959) [eva59], "the National Flag of Qatar is maroon, with a broad white stripe along the hoist. The stripe is serrated and may bear small maroon diamonds between the serrations; the name of the State appears in white on the maroon field."
Jarig Bakker, 6 April 2000
Source for the image is Flaggenbuch [neu92], which shows the flag with the hoist at veiwer's right and a red field. Flaggenbuch uses more or less (i.e. each page has the same shade of red, but shades slightly differ among pages probably due to printing or facsimiling process) the same red shade for all of the Arabic States flag (Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, Trucial States).
Ivan Sache, 2 May 2001