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Coat of arms and the flag of Qatar. Description and meaning of official symbols

Qatar is a Muslim state in the Middle East. What do the official symbols look like and what do they mean?

Flag of Qatar

The official flag of this Middle Eastern state is the narrowest and longest flag in the world. It has a rectangular shape, and its proportions of width and length of the panel are 11:28. The drawing is quite simple. The flag of Qatar is divided vertically into two unequal areas of different colors.

Closer to the shaft is a narrower strip of white color. The second strip is approximately twice as large as the first, it has a brown or burgundy color. The border of the two vertical areas of the flag is uneven. It is made in the form of a set of triangular ledges, creates the impression of torn edges.

The colors of the flag, as is customary in heraldry, have their own symbolic meaning. The brown area refers to historical events, means blood shed for the honor of the country. White color symbolizes the present. He talks about aspirations for prosperity, means the bright hopes and thoughts of the people of Qatar.

History of the flag

The flag of Qatar was adopted in 1971, after the country was liberated from the British protectorate and gained independence. Before that, there were several other versions of the official symbol of the state. The first version appeared in 1916, when the country began to control the British Crown. Then the flag was also divided into two fields - one was white, the other was bright red.

In 1936, he made changes related more to technical reasons. The red color burned heavily in the sun, so it was replaced by a darker one. On the flag also appeared the Arabic inscription "Qatar". In 1949, the state flag acquired a modern look, but was officially approved only in 1971.

Triangular projections on the border of two colors refer to the important historical event of the country. In 1916 in the Persian Gulf began a process called "Reconciliation of the Emirates". Qatar became the ninth country that took part in it, so the flag depicts exactly nine triangles.

National emblem

Together with the flag and anthem the emblem of Qatar is the official state symbol of the state. His shield has a round shape. In the center is a yellow circle, inside which the main composition is located: the sailing vessel floats along the white-blue waves next to two palms. There are two crossed swords under the ship.

The yellow circle is framed by a strip painted in colors that represent the flag of Qatar. The upper white part of the strip contains an inscription in Arabic. At the bottom of the brown color is the English translation of the Arabic inscription: State of Qatar, which is translated into Russian as "the state of Qatar".

Sabers, depicted on the arms, are traditional weapons of Arab men. The same symbol is present on the arms of Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Waves are a sign that the state has access to the sea. This includes a sailing ship. Palms symbolize local vegetation.

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