AL AMIRAT AL MUTAHIDAH AL
الإمارات العربية المتحدة
The United Arab Emirates was formed from the group of tribally organized
Arabian Peninsula sheikhdoms along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf and
the northwestern coast of the Gulf of Oman.
Portions of the nation came under the direct influence of the Ottoman
Empire during the 16th century. Thereafter the region was known as the Pirate
Coast, as raiders based there harassed the shipping industry, despite both
European and Arab navies patrolling the area from the 17th century into the
19th century. British expeditions to protect the Indian trade from raiders at
Ras al-Khaimah led to campaigns against that headquarters and other harbors
along the coast in 1819. The next year, a peace treaty was signed to which
all the sheikhs of the coast adhered. Raids continued intermittently until
1835, when the sheikhs agreed not to engage in hostilities at sea. In 1853,
they signed a treaty with the United Kingdom, under which the sheikhs (the
"Trucial Sheikhdoms") agreed to a "perpetual maritime
truce." It was enforced by the United Kingdom, and disputes among
sheikhs were referred to the British for settlement.
Primarily in reaction to the ambitions of other European countries, the
United Kingdom and the Trucial Sheikhdoms established closer bonds in an 1892
treaty, similar to treaties entered into by the UK with other Persian Gulf
principalities. The sheikhs agreed not to dispose of any territory except to
the United Kingdom and not to enter into relationships with any foreign
government other than the United Kingdom without its consent. In return, the
British promised to protect the Trucial Coast from all aggression by sea and
to help in case of land attack.
In 1968, the UK announced its decision, reaffirmed in March 1971, to end
the treaty relationships with the seven Trucial Sheikhdoms which had been,
together with Bahrain and Qatar, under British protection. The nine attempted
to form a union of Arab emirates, but by mid-1971 they were unable to agree
on terms of union, even though the termination date of the British treaty
relationship was the end of 1971. Bahrain became independent in August and
Qatar in September 1971. When the British-Trucial Shaikhdoms treaty expired
on December 1, 1971, they became fully independent. On December 2, 1971, six
of them entered into a union called the United Arab Emirates. The seventh,
Ras al-Khaimah, joined in early 1972.
The coat of arms of the federation is a red
target with a picture of a baghla or dhow, a ship with two
masts, a high stern and a low straight bow. Around the target is a chain
symbolizing the alliance of the emirates. The target is supported by a golden
falcon, the emblem of the Kuraish, the tribe of Mohammed. The falcon stands on a red listel
within a black and white frame, on which the name of the federation is
written in white kufic lettering.
The baghla is very common in Arab
waters. It is a very seaworthy ship and from ancient times it was used for
crossing the Indian Ocean to Bombay and Zanzibar.
Arms: Gules a dhow
Or with full sails Argent, sailing to the sinister on waves of the sea
also Argent; within a bordure Argent charged with an arabesque of eight
identical links Sable, voided Or.
Supporters: A falcon Or, billed and clawed
Argent, his tail and two rows of feathers of his wings also Argent.
Motto: al amirat al mutahidah al arabiyah in silver kufic lettering on a
the achievement was changed by replacing the baghla emblem by the national colors surrounded by a ring with
Ć See illustration in the head of
UAE Armed Forces
Emblem: A foul anchor Azure
Crest: The emblem f the UAE Armed forces
Garland: A crown of laurel Vert.
Roundel (before 1970)
Arms: A falcon Or, armed with two
daggers in saltire.
Supporters: Two national flags in saltire,
being Gules with a canton Argent, their staffs Sable, their spearheads Or.
of abu dhabi in arab in
golden lettering on a green background within a cartouche Or, placed over the
head of the falcon. 
The flag was
adopted in 1958 byShakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan (*1905)
Abu Dhabi Police
Emblem: Two national Flags being Gules
with a dexter flank Argent, and two djambijas
Flag adopted about 1936
Emblem: A palmtree proper, at its base
two national flags being Gules with a bordure Argent, in saltire.
Flag adopted 1936, abandoned 1975
Arms: Parted per fess, in chief Azure,
a dhow sailing to the dexter on
waves of the sea, proper; in base on a shore with the sea in the distance, a
palmtree, all proper.
Crest: A falcon Or.
Garland: Two palmleaves proper.
Supporters: Two national flags being Gules
with a dexter flank Argent, in saltire.
in latin and arab lettering.
The flag was adopted in 1936
Dubai Civil Defense
Arms: Argent, in chief two banners in
saltire being red with the name of the country ةالفجير written thereon in white arabic script, and in base two rifles, also
An all red flag dates from the 18th c.
Coat of arms (2018)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi (*1986) on 28 January 2017
Emblem: Two national flags, being Gules
within a bordure Argent, in saltire; in chief two djambijas, also in saltire.
Flag adopted 1936.
Emblem: Two national flags being Gules, a
crescent and star and a dexter flank Argent, in saltire, on their staffs two
Flag adopted 1961
Adopted by Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla
(*1952), by law N° 2, 2014.
© Hubert de Vries 2007.10.02; updated
2013-12-14; updated 2018-06-26
 Privé, A.G.: Les Grandes Armes d’Abou Dhabi. In: Archivum Heraldicum, 1969 p. 41.