The national flag of Kuwait was adopted on September 7 1961. Before the country like many other states of the Persian Gulf used red and white bicolor. The present flag uses pan Arab colors: red, white, green and black. Their meaning is explained in the poem of the famous national poet Safi Al- Deen Al-Hali
- White are our deeds
- Black are our battles
- Green are our lands
- Red are our swords
It is interesting to note that this flag has a certain ruses how it should be flown. The green stripe should always be on the top and the red one in the left part of the flag. The current version of the flag reassembles a bit Emir standart that was used as the main national symbol in 1980-s. The only difference was that the was a crown placed on a green stripe of a standart. The official flag of the country didn`t always have the current design. Before 1899 it was plain red. From1899 till 1915 a red field with a white crescent was used as a national symbol. Between 1815 and 1956 the crescent and the star were removed from the national symbol and the name of the country was placed in the center of the flag. From 1956 to 1961 the crescent and the star remained absent but the inscription with the name of the country was placed differently.