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Flag Variants (Saudi Arabia)

Last modified: 2013-04-04 by peter hans van den muijzenberg
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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