November 3 is UAE Flag Day. Created in 1971 for the country’s formation, the flag of the United Arab Emirates is a symbol of much pride for Emiratis. Like the flag of every nation, it must be respected and treated with honour. While the UAE’s flag is made up of the traditional pan-Arab colours, what those colours represent is important in a special way to Emiratis.
Red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and courage. The vertical red band can also be interpreted as binding all the other meanings together in unity.
Green represents hope, joy, optimism and love. It can also symbolise the country’s prosperity.
White represents peace and honesty. White is the purest colour, and is interpreted by some to symbolise cleanliness.
Contrary to popular belief, the black band does not represent oil. It stands for the defeat of enemies, and also strength of mind.