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The emirate of Qatar, located on a peninsular in the Persian Gulf, was formerly a British protectorate, and like many of its neighbours, bore a plain red flag, the common flag of the Kharadjite Muslims. However, many ships flying this flag were involved in piracy, and in 1820, Britain decreed that a white stripe be added to these flags, the absence of which would lead to the assumption that boats flying the plain red flag were engaged in acts of piracy.

Qatar however did not respond to this decree until the mid 1850's. The flag of Qatar was then very similar to that of Bahrain, to which Qatar was once linked. This problem was solved, although not for that particular reason, in 1949 when the colour of the Qatar flag was changed from red to a deep maroon, the reason given being the effect of discolouration of the natural dyes used in the flag caused by the elements.

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