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Official Name: مملكة البحرين [Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn], Kingdom of Bahrain
Short Form: البحرين [al-Baḥrayn], Bahrain
Location: Middle East
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Flag Adopted: 14 Feb 2002
Coat of Arms Adopted: 1932
ISO Code: BH BHR 048
FIPS 10-4 Code: BA
MARC Code: ba
IOC Code: BRN
Risk of confusion with: Qatar
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 alltogether. 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 origanization.
News with/without pictures, from Arabic websites (can be translated!):
Saudi Arabia: http://www.aleqt.com/2011/05/25/article_542200.html
Various pictures: http://www.3rabpet.com/vb/showthread.php?t=310995&page=1
Jalal Muhammed, 11 February 2012
The protocol manual for the
London 2012 Olympics (Flags and Anthems Manual
London 2012 [loc12]) provides recommendations
for national flag designs. Each
NOC was sent an image of the flag,
including the PMS shades, for their approval by LOCOG. Once this was obtained, LOCOG produced
a 60 x 90 cm version of the flag for further approval. So, while these specs may
not be the official, government, version of each flag, they are certainly what
the NOC believed the flag to be.
For Bahrein: PMS 485 red. The vertical version is simply the flag turned through 90 degrees clockwise.
Ian Sumner, 10 October 2012
image by Željko Heimer
Source: Bahraini Ministry of Information website.
image by Eugene Ipavec, 06 March 2012
image by James Dignan, 19 Feb 2011
News coverage of funerals following the street protests in Bahrain have shown an unusual flag - plain green bordered in red. Does anyone know what it is or represents?
James Dignan, 19 Feb 2011
My guess would be it is a Bahraini Shi'a flag, either religious or political.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 19 Feb 2011
Hello, I'm from Bahrain and I just would like you to know that, this flag has
nothing to do with Bahrain. It's religious. Related to Muharram.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alam [I think he would refer to this page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muharram. Ed.]
Khalid Ali Haji, 03 August 2013