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Official Name: مملكة البحرين [Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn], Kingdom of Bahrain
Short Form: البحرين [al-Baḥrayn], Bahrain
Flag Adopted: 14 Feb 2002
Coat of Arms Adopted: 1932
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Bahrain (البحرين) is situated on the Persian Gulf made up of 50 islands, with an additional 33 artificial islands, that forms a small archipelago. The largest is Bahrain Island which makes up more than 80 percent of the country's land mass. The Bahraini spans only 290 miles making it the third-smallest nation in Asia (after the Maldives and Singapore. The capital and largest city is Manama which is located on Bahrain Island. The Kingdom of Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy today.
Pete Loeser, 14 June 2022
Adopted: 14 Feb 2002
Description: Red flag with a white stripe at host limited by a serration (i.e. a zigzag) made of five white triangles.
Use: on land, national, civil and war flag, at sea, national, civil and war ensign.
Colours (approximate specifications, as given in Album des Pavillons [pay00]): Red: Pantone 186 c / CMYK (%) C 0 – M 90 – Y 80 – K 5
On 14 February 2002, the Emir of Bahrain declared his country a kingdom and himself a king. According to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain, state symbols would be defined by the special laws.
Jan Zrzavy, 15 Feb 2002
HM the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, issued Decree by Law No. (4) for 2002, which included the following articles:
Source: BNA, Bahraini Ministry of Information website, Feb 16 2002
Christian Berghänel, 18 Feb 2002
According to the Bahrain Tribune, the national flag was slightly changed, so that there are now "five triangles representing the five pillars of Islam." Previously, there were more
"triangles" in the serration.
Jan Oskar Engene, 18 Feb 2002
The ratio of the national flag was changed from de facto 2:3 to prescribed 3:5. The unserrated flag was abandoned
altogether. Until now it was legal and theoretically a valid national flag.
Željko Heimer, 18 Feb 2002
A few items about flags found here and there in Arab newspapers and websites:
Since 25th May 2011 the six GCC countries decide to fly the GCC flag alongside their national flags according to the decision by the organization.
News with/without pictures, from Arabic websites (can be translated!):
Saudi Arabia: http://www.aleqt.com
Various pictures: http://www.3rabpet.com
Jalal Muhammed, 11 February 2012
image by Željko Heimer
Source: Bahraini Ministry of Information website.
I came across the attached news item which suggests that the National Day of Bahrain is 13 December, and, as it makes reference to the biggest flag in the world, I assume its another flag day:
Bahrain Celebrates National Day by Unfurling World's Largest FlagJohn Hall, 14 Dec 2004
ISA TOWN, Bahrain (AP) – Bahrain celebrated its national day Monday by unfurling the world's largest flag – a red and white banner measuring 169.5 metres long and 97.1 metres wide.
The flag – opened on grounds near the Bahrain national stadium because it was too large to fit inside – was confirmed the world's largest by a representative of the Guinness Book of Records.
"This is spectacular," said Laura Hughes, who flew in from Britain to measure the flag for Guinness. She said Bahrain's entry will be recorded in next year's edition of the record book.
The flag outsized the previous record holder – a Pakistani flag displayed last August – by 359 square metres.
"This is a great event and a great achievement for Bahrain and we hope this will also help to promote the kingdom globally, "said Mahmoud al-Mahmoud, undersecretary for Bahrain's information minister.
Seventy people worked for 400 hours to make the 3,200-kilogram flag in China. It was donated by a Kuwait-based telecommunications company that has a subsidiary in Bahrain.
It was pointed out on FOTW-fb that we have listed December 13th as the National Day for Bahrain. According to government sources, that date is actually the 16th of December.
Zachary Harden, 13 December 2014
The Bahrain National Day is actually a two-day celebration held on December 16 and 17 of each year. These are the two official designated days to celebrate. (National Today)
Pete Loeser, 14 June 2022
image by Eugene Ipavec, 06 March 2012
The British Governor Charles Belgrave first designed the Bahrain coat of arms in 1932. He acted as the advisor to the Sheikh of Bahrain. The current design (2002) features a shield with five white triangles that depict the five Muslim pillars.
Pete Loeser, 25 May 2022
This variant of the Bahrain National Flag - with arms added to the fly - is a manufacturer's commercial product being marketed, but certainly not in official use to my knowledge. I've also never seen pictures of it being flown in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Pete Loeser, 25 May 2022