Flag of Bahrain

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The national flag of Bahrain (Arabic: علم البحرين‎) consists of a white band on the left, separated from a red area on the right by five triangles that serve as a serrated line.

The five triangles symbolises the 5 pillars of Islam.

It is sometimes mistaken for the flag of Qatar, but that flag is maroon, not red, has more points (9), and normally has a much greater length-to-width ratio.


The white colour comprises 32.5% of the flag area, while the red colour comprises 67.5% of the area.

Measurements of the construction of the flag


The colour specification is red: Pantone 186 c / CMYK (%) C 0 – M 90 – Y 80 – K 5[1]


The flag is used on land and at sea as a national, civil and war ensign. In 2002, the King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, issued Decree by Law No.(4) for 2002, which pertained to the flag:

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The oldest known flags of Bahrain were plain red. In 1820, Bahrain signed a treaty with the United Kingdom, and a white stripe was added to the flag to indicate the truce. In 1932, a serrated edge was added to distinguish the flag of Bahrain from those of its neighbours.[2]

The flag originally had twenty-eight white points, but this was reduced to eight in 1972.[2] On 14 February 2002, the number was again reduced to five, so that each of the points could stand for one of the Five Pillars of Islam.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Flag of Bahrain". BBC News. Retrieved 16 June 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ a b Historical flags of Bahrain at Flags of the World
  3. ^ Bahrain at Flags of the World