Flag of Qatar

Qatar Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesQA, QAT, 634
Official NameState of Qatar
Government TypeAbsolute Monarchy
CurrencyQatari Riyal (QAR)
Calling Code+974
Member OfUnited Nations, Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
PopulationApproximately 2.8 million
Total Area11,586 km²
Highest PointQurayn Abu al Bawl (103 meters, 338 feet)
Lowest PointPersian Gulf (0 meters, 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaUSD 93,508
Life Expectancy80 years
Internet TLD.qa

Qatar National Anthem

As Salam al Amiri (Peace to the Amir)

Swearing by God who erected the sky,
Swearing by God who spread the light,
Qatar will always be free,
By the spirit of the loyal.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Qatar Flag

The national flag of Qatar was officially adopted on July 9, 1971, when the country gained independence from Britain. The Qatari flag has a unique design and color, distinguishing it from its neighboring countries.

The flag features a maroon field with a broad vertical white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side. The maroon color, known as ‘Qatar maroon,’ is unique and symbolizes the bloodshed during the several wars Qatar participated in, particularly in the second half of the 19th century. The nine-point serrated line indicates Qatar as the 9th member of the ‘reconciled Emirates’ of the Persian Gulf at the conclusion of the Qatari-British treaty in 1916.

The original flag of Qatar was plain red, similar to the flags of other neighboring countries. Over time, due to the sun and the sea, the red dye used in the flag faded to maroon, which led to the creation of the unique shade. In 1949, the white stripe with serrated edges was added to differentiate it from the flag of Bahrain.

The flag of Qatar is a symbol of national pride and independence. It reflects the country’s history, its struggles for sovereignty, and its identity as a nation. The Qatari flag is prominently displayed across the country, from government buildings to public spaces, and during national and international events, representing the unity and the spirit of the Qatari people.