The Flag of Qatar

The flag of Qatar features a maroon field with a broad vertical white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side. The maroon color is distinctively associated with the country, while the serrated edge is said to symbolize Qatar's inclusion as the 9th member of the 'reconciled emirates' of the Persian Gulf at the conclusion of the Qatari-British treaty in 1916.

The Flag of Qatar

History

The flag of Qatar has evolved significantly over time. Initially, Qatar used a plain red flag, similar to many other Arabian Peninsula nations. In the 19th century, a square or rectangular white field was added to differentiate it from other flags. The exact shade of red evolved to maroon due to the sun-fading effects on the dyes available at the time, leading to the distinctive color known today as Qatar maroon. The white and maroon split with serrated edges was officially adopted on July 9, 1971, shortly after Qatar gained independence from Britain in 1971. The design and color have remained unchanged since, symbolizing Qatar's heritage and independence.