A flag has an important significance for a state. It undergoes several changes over the period of time, the United Arab Emirates was not united always, and historically they have been under other great civilizations who rule them. The flags that represented the people of this area have changed from ancient times but in 1971 they finally adopted a flag for themselves.
History of UAE Flag
The History of the UAE flag from ancient flags to current flags is interesting and it has seen some major changes.
The Achaemenid empire was the largest empire in the history of the world. It included many states and covered 5.5 million square kilometers and it is said that it held nearly half of the population of the world. The United Arab Emirates was one of them as well. The flag above having a royal falcon was seen as a sacred bird by the Persians from God who was sent to help them.
This was the flag of one of the greatest empires from Iran, they advanced the civilization through great achievements that were unparallel and held. They had an army of over 150,000 and held the emirates that are part of the UAE now. The flag had a star in the middle on a purple field and the star signified the importance of good fortune.
It was 11,100,000 square kilometers big and they took over the Sasanian empire and this is when Islam spread across the middle east. The flag was all white because Islam is about simplicity and the plain color flags signify this. The Umayyad chose the color white to distinguish them from the Abbasid who were using a plain black flag. The Abbasid and the Ummayad were two of the four major caliphates established after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The Bani Yas is a historical coalition between several tribes in the United Arab Emirates, The tribes start from Dubai and extend to Qatar, they have their headquarters in Abu Dhabi in present-day, and in the past, it was in Al Dhafra. The leaders of this coalition are from the Al Nahyan, the six most powerful and ruling families of the UAE. They have a red flag that signifies the importance of unity.
They are claiming to be the descendants of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and rule Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, two of the seven emirates that make up UAE. The flag has popular verses from the Quran (61:13) which told the Prophet (PBUH) that the victory for all his struggle is near. The color green in the flag signifies hope, the color red signifies unity and the color white is the sign of peace.
Between 1820 and 1892, the Truciak states were under the British government and they signed many treaties with the Britishers. They became under their protection in one way or another till 1971. Before the inception of the United Arab Emirates, the states had tried to make a federation of the Arab Emirates which also had proposed members of Kuwait and Bahrain and this was also their flag. The color white was to be included because of the anti-piracy treaties signed with the Britishers. The seven-pointed star was for the 7 sheikhdoms of the federation, it was supposed to be 9 but
The Current Flag
Flags are a sacred part of a nation and the current flag of UAE was designed by a 19-year-old Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah in 1971. The Al Ittihad newspaper at the time advertised for the competition to design a flag for the nation which was won by him defeating 1000 other competitors. His flag was chosen by the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Abullah Mohammed Al Maainah said that he chose the color black to signify how the oil will transform the country, the green shows the fertility of the land and was a color of prosperity while the white was included because of its historical significance.