The UAE flag was adopted on the 2nd of December 1971 and hoisted by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan , may God rest his soul in peace, declaring the establishment of the United Arab Emirates as an independent country.
The UAE flag consists of four colours; green, white, black, and red. All four of which stand for Arabian unity. The flag, the length of which is twice the width, was designed In 1971 by a young Emirati, Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah. Afterwards, Al Maainah, the flag designer, held the post of plenipotentiary minister at the UAE Foreign Ministry
The Flag was designed by Mr. Abdulla Mohammed Al Ma’enah after he read an advertisement announcing competition for designing the UAE flag. About 1030 designs participated and only 6 were short-listed and finally the present flag was selected and granted AED 4.000.
The flag displays three equal horizontal bands of green, white and black respectively from the top downwards, while the vertical strip of red is next to the mast. Al Maainah intended the four colours to reflect Arabian unity, the theme of which appears In the two stanzas of an Arabic poem by Safiul Din Al Holi who described deeds of benevolence, goodness and kindness. The poet wrote about the hard-fought historical battles of the land, with deeds and intentions that were white, meaning benign, but the vigour of the battles were black, meaning strong, while the lands were vast and green, and the gallant swords were stained with red blood.