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What does the UAE flag mean?

The UAE flag is a symbol of great pride to Emiratis, but what does it mean?

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UAE Flag Day is a time to honour all it stands for

Thursday, November 3 is UAE Flag Day. Created in 1971 for the country’s formation, the flag of the United Arab Emirates is a symbol of much pride for Emiratis. Like the flag of every nation, it must be respected and treated with honour. While the UAE’s flag is made up of the traditional pan-Arab colours, what those colours represent is important in a special way to Emiratis.

What do the colours mean?

Red

Red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and courage. The vertical red band can also be interpreted as binding all the other meanings together in unity.

Green

Green represents hope, joy, optimism and love. It can also symbolise the country’s prosperity.

White

White represents peace and honesty. White is the purest colour, and is interpreted by some to symbolise cleanliness.

Black

Contrary to popular belief, the black band does not represent oil. It stands for the defeat of enemies, and also strength of mind.

Traditions

On this day, Emiratis across the UAE will sing the country’s national anthem. The lyrics of which are these:

Live my country, the unity of our Emirates lives
You have lived for a nation
Whose religion is Islam and guide is the Quran
I made you stronger in God's name oh homeland
My country, My country, My country, My country
God has protected you from the evils of the time
We have sworn to build and work
Work sincerely, work sincerely
As long as we live, we'll be sincere sincere
The safety has lasted and the flag has lived oh our Emirates
The symbol of Arabism
We all sacrifice for you, we supply you with our blood
We sacrifice for you with our souls oh homeland

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