The Flag of Oman

The flag of Oman consists of three horizontal stripes of white, red, and green, with a red vertical stripe at the hoist. At the top corner of the hoist is the national emblem of Oman, which features a pair of crossed swords over a khanjar, a traditional Omani dagger. The colors used in the flag have significant meanings: white symbolizes peace and prosperity, red represents the battles fought by the Omani people, and green signifies the country's fertility.

The Flag of Oman

History

The current flag of Oman was adopted on December 17, 1970, following the accession of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, who introduced several changes aiming to modernize the country, including a new national flag. Before 1970, Oman used a plain red banner, a common color in the region reflecting historical ties to the various Arab caliphates and dynasties. The introduction of white and green stripes, along with the national emblem, was part of Sultan Qaboos's broader efforts to forge a distinct Omani identity and reflect the country's progress and values. The flag's design has remained unchanged since its adoption, symbolizing Oman's heritage and aspirations.