The falcon is the centerpiece of the Abu Dhabi crest. Known in Emirati culture as the most revered and significant breed of falcon, the Peregrine is characterised as calm, courageous and intelligent. The design is a true reflection of the falcon that soars over Abu Dhabi’s deserts as symbol of the UAE’s identity.
The ornamental dagger is historically a reflection of social status in Abu Dhabi and has been an important part of the crest since 1968. Inspired by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the design is drawn from a pair of daggers from the private collection of the Al Nahyan family.
The scroll that hangs from the lances has always proclaimed the owner of the emblem. Its contours reflect the three regions of the emirate, which consist of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra.
The Abu Dhabi flag dates back to 1820 and has been an integral part of the government emblem since 1968, providing a distinct and colourful background to the proud figure of the falcon