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Tartan Details - Al Suwaidi of Abu Dhabi (Personal)

The information held within The Scottish Register of Tartans for the "Al Suwaidi of Abu Dhabi (Personal)" tartan is shown below. 

Reference: 11618
Designer: Al Suwaidi/MacDonald
Tartan date: Not Specified
Registration date: 1 September 2016
Category: Name
Restrictions: Yes.
Prepared for weaving by Houston Kiltmakers.

Registration notes: Designed by Dr Hamed Bin Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi and Ken MacDonald, this tartan is made up of the traditional Pan-Arab colours that form the UAE's flag which was adopted on 2nd December 1971. The colours (red, green, white and black) combine to form and symbolize Arab unity. The designer who originally created the UAE flag was inspired by verses of a poem describing the citizens acts as white representing peace and honesty, plains as green representing hope goodness and agriculture, battles as black representing strength of mind, courage and power and swords as red representing bravery and sovereignty. Each colour was selected precisely to reflect an important concept to the natives of the country and hence, the choice of the same colours has been used in the design of this piece. The tartan was designed in a symmetrical manner to give equality and importance to each choice of colour and what it symbolizes. The red colour was chosen to be a little more dominant and significant on the design because it resembles the original and authentic flag of Abu Dhabi, the Capital Emirate and the largest city in the UAE.
Woven Sample: A woven sample of this tartan has been received by the Scottish Register of Tartans for permanent preservation in the National Records of Scotland.
Tartan image: Al Suwaidi of Abu Dhabi (Personal). Click on this image to see a more detailed version.

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