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الإمارات العربية المتحدة

United Arab Emirates




United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi


Ash Shariqah



Ras al Khaimah

Umm al Qaiwain





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.




United Arab Emirates


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 cartouche Gules.


On 22.03.2008 the achievement was changed by replacing the baghla emblem by the national colors surrounded by a ring with seven stars


Ć See illustration in the head of this essay.


Armed Forces


UAE Armed Forces




UAE Army



دولة الامارات العربية المتحدة


Emblem: A foul anchor Azure

Crest: The emblem f the UAE Armed forces proper

Garland: A crown of laurel Vert.


Air Force




Roundel (before 1970)

Present Roundel




Abu Dhabi



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.

Motto: government of abu dhabi in arab in golden lettering on a green background within a cartouche Or, placed over the head of the falcon. [1]



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 in saltire. 


Flag adopted about 1936


7˝ Riyal coin, 1970



Government Logo



New Logo (2018)


Ash Shariqah


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.

Motto: dubai in latin and arab lettering.



The flag was adopted in 1936



Present Logo


Dubai Police


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 in saltire.


An all red flag dates from the 18th c.


Coat of arms (2018)


Adopted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi (*1986) on 28 January 2017


Ras al Khaimah


Emblem: Two national flags, being Gules within a bordure Argent, in saltire; in chief two djambijas, also in saltire.



Flag adopted 1936.

Present Logo


Umm al Qaiwain




Emblem: Two national flags being Gules, a crescent and star and a dexter flank Argent, in saltire, on their staffs two other crescents.


Flag adopted 1961




Adopted by Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla (*1952), by law N° 2, 2014.


Present Logo



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© Hubert de Vries 2007.10.02; updated 2013-12-14; updated 2018-06-26



[1]  Privé, A.G.: Les Grandes Armes d’Abou Dhabi. In: Archivum Heraldicum, 1969 p. 41.

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