Flag of Bahrain

Bahrain Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesBH, BHR, 048
Official NameKingdom of Bahrain
Government TypeConstitutional monarchy
CurrencyBahraini dinar (BHD)
Calling Code+973
Member OfUnited Nations, Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab League
PopulationApprox. 1.7 million (as of 2023)
Total Area780 square kilometers
Highest PointJabal ad Dukhan (134 meters or 440 feet)
Lowest PointPersian Gulf (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $24,000 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 77 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.bh

Bahraini National Anthem


Our Bahrain
Nation of nobility
We bow to the creators of our glory
Our souls and blood are for our revered homeland
They are leaders of our path
We belong to this land
And our allegiance is to the best nation
Glory be to you, our nation
May you be for eternity, the home of noble ones
Beloved homeland, homeland of peace
Glory be to you, our nation

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Bahraini Flag

The flag of Bahrain, known for its distinctive white and red design with five triangles, has a rich history and symbolism. The current flag was officially adopted on February 14, 2002, but its origins can be traced back to earlier in the 19th century.

The flag consists of two vertical bands of white (on the left) and red. The white band contains five triangles serving as a serrated line. The red color in Bahrain’s flag is a traditional color for flags of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, symbolizing Khawarij or the ‘Red Crescent’ in Islam. The five white triangles symbolize the Five Pillars of Islam.

Bahrain’s flag originally had a plain red field, typical of the historical flags used in the region. The addition of the serrated line dates back to a treaty with the United Kingdom in 1820. Initially, there were 28 white points, but this was reduced to eight in 1932, and later to the present-day five in 2002. The reduction to five points was made to signify the Five Pillars of Islam, reinforcing the country’s Islamic heritage.

Throughout its history, the Bahraini flag has been a symbol of the nation’s identity, heritage, and Islamic faith. It has undergone changes reflecting Bahrain’s evolving status and relationship with neighboring countries. Today, the flag is a source of pride and unity for Bahrainis, representing their rich culture, historical heritage, and religious beliefs. The flag is prominently displayed in public buildings, at national events, and in international settings, symbolizing Bahrain’s sovereignty and its place in the global community.