Horizontally divided red-white-black flag
with the emblem showing the so-called eagle of
Saladin in the middle of the white stripe.
The emblem in the middle of the white stripe is sometimes pictured
with different colours. Some flags seen in Cairo has the emblem as gold, white,
gold; or red, white, black; or light gold hatching, white, dark gold hatching;
or white, white, white with two gold vertical lines to divide the three parts.
The artistical licence regarding the representation of this arms is very high.
The first national flag of modern Egypt was
established by a Royal Decree in 1923 when Egypt gained conditional
independence from Great Britain in 1922. The color was green with a whitecrescnt and three stars in the middle.
In 1958, a Presidential Decree established a
new flag for the United Arab Republic which comprised a merger of Syria and
Egypt. The new flag had three colors: red, white with 2 green stars and black.
The flag was rectangular in shape and the width was one-third of its length.
the flag of the period 1952-1958 is strangely omitted.
In 1972, the Law was amended to change the
flag. The stars were removed from the flag and replaced by a golden hawk.
In 1984, the hawk was replaced by a golden eagle or the eagle of Saladdin, the
Ayubbid Sultan who ruled Egypt and Syria in 12th Century, the same Saladdin of
The color red refers to the period before 1952 Revolution which brought a group
of army officers to power after deposing King Farouk, then King of Egypt. This
was a period characterized by the struggle against the British occupation of the
country. The white symbolizes the advent of the 1952 Revolution which ended the
monarchy without bloodshed. The color black symbolizes the end of the oppression
of the people of Egypt at the hands of the Monarchy and British colonialism.
the colors represent:
- Red: Revolution
- White: Bright future
- Black : Dark past