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Flag Variants (Saudi Arabia)

Last modified: 2015-02-21 by zoltán horváth
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Flag variant with gold shahada

[Saudi Arabia]
image by Tomislav Šipek, 09 February 2015

On http://www.alriyadh.com/508700 I found gold shahada and sword on green field. Does anyone know who uses this flag?
Tomislav Šipek, 09 February 2015

This flag seems to be unusual indeed, but I think it's a variant of Saudi flag with a more decorative mode. The article has no any flag relevance, it says three sport-officials men meet in Kuwait in residence of Deputy General President of Youth Welfare Prince Nawaf bin Faisal (of Saudi Arabia) during the 24th meeting of the Ministers of Youth and Sports and the heads of the Olympic committees of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The prince is head of this committee.
While he is a prince of Saudi royal family, I suspect he can use Saudi flag with this decorative version aka with gold shahada and sword. But it's only a speculation. I haven't find any other information about it.
Zoltan Horvath, 15 February 2015


Proposed Alternate Flag Without Shahada?

From the Tunisian blog "Waleg," 30 June 2007:

A serious decision has been taken by the Saudi authorities to come up with a second flag for Saudi Arabia … one that presents the most significant aspects of Saudi Arabia as a symbol of union so that it could be used in sports events and other occasions. This statement was given by Sheikh Abdallah Saleh Al Otheimin, who felt that the current flag is being degraded by events like Star Academy & other similar programs.

It seems the Saudi citizens are glad to hear this news, because after seeing a singer or dancer holding the flag & dancing around… they would rather have it changed!

I have not found this information anywhere else, but I do not have access to Arabic-speaking sources.
Ivan Sache, 01 Jul 2007


1950's Two-Sword Variant With White Panel

[Saudi Arabia]
image by Eugene Ipavec , 16 Feb 2012

Flickr hosts scans of a 1950's series of Topps "Flags of the World" trading cards, including this unusual depiction of the flag of Saudi Arabia. There are two swords and a white stripe at the hoist, both mentioned at Historic Flags, Saudi Arabia (the stripe is usually explained as an exaggerated sleeve).
Eugene Ipavec, 16 Feb 2012


Misprint With Black Shahada

A Saudi flag with black writing is shown in the poorly printed (and somewhat inaccurate) flag plates of a geographical atlas printed in Yugoslavia, the 1965 Geografski atlas i statističko-geografski pregled svijeta [y9u65].
Aleksandar Nemet, 18 Jun 2009

Not so much an inaccuracy; the black color used for the text on the Saudi flag looks caused by technical limitations.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 19 Jun 2009


"Mecca," 1888

[Saudi Arabia]
image by Eugene Ipavec , 06 Apr 2012

...As depicted on a 1888 box of "Allen & Ginter's Cigarettes."
William Garrison and Eugene Ipavec, 18 Mar 2012