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[Coat-of-Arms (United Arab Emirates)]
image by Erwin Hoheisel, 22 September 2009

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A news report today says the UAE has adopted a new, or rather modified, coat of arms:
The report's illustration of the new arms.
The essential changes are that the dhow on the bird has been replaced by a flag pattern surrounded by seven stars, one for each emirate. There is also a new font for the inscription on the ribbon.
This is confirmed by a short news story on the Government's portal UAE Interact:
I have been unable to locate any further official description or legislation on the new coat of arms.
Jan Oskar Engene, 24 March 2008

I wonder if the lenticular fisheye effect of the inset flag is by design or artistic license? It looks like a porthole....
Eugene Ipavec, 24 March 2008

For those who are interested, the Wikipedia in Arabic language shows the large and clear image of the new enmblem of UAE reported by Jan Oskar.
Go to and click on the third language in the languages box on the left of the screen (direct link has a way too long url).
BTW: why do they change the perfectly beautiful emblem with such a monstrosity, I really don't understand - do they want to appear more "modern"? Comes to think with horror of what might happen to the Nepali flag soon. Hope not.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 27 March 2008

Some days ago I have find out that already on 22 March 2008 the coat of arms from 1971 of the United Arab Emirates has changed respectively was modified. The Dau (Arab sailing ship) on the breast shield of the falcon was substitute by the colours of the flag. Further the previous golden script of the state motto on the red ribbon under the falcon was substitute by a white script. Therefore also the presidential standard (flag of the reigned Amir as chairman of the council of rulers) has changed.
Erwin Hoheisel, 22 September 2009

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[Coat-of-Arms (United Arab Emirates)]  image by Željko Heimer

This webpage contains a photo of the President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in front of the presidential and national flags [larger image here].
Željko Heimer
, 30 July 2001

National flag with the state coat of arms in the middle of the white stripe. Source: Album des Pavillons 2000. The arms on my image is based on the Corel clipart coloured by me according to Album des Pavillons 2000 and a few other images of it. I am not sure (though it is not quite visible in this size) what is the colour of the field between the red disk and the white ornament around it — whether it is white or golden.
Željko Heimer, 31 July 2001