The Flag of Kuwait
Article One of Act No. 26 dated September 7, 1961, concerning the National
Flag of the country states that the flag should take the shape of a
horizontal rectangular, whose length equals double its width, and is divided
into three horizontal and equal colored strips, from top to bottom; green,
white and red. It also includes a black trapezoid whose longer base
coincides with the facing of the mast, and whose smaller base equals the
width of the white strip. The height of the trapezoid is equal to one fourth
of the length of the flag.
The flag should be hoisted on all government buildings, places of residence
of His Highness the Amir inside Kuwait, and on all embassies, consulates and
High Commissions of the State of Kuwait abroad. All ships of Kuwaiti
nationality must also hoist the flag of Kuwait. The flag must also be
hoisted on all government buildings during official and public holidays from
sunrise to sunset.
During official mourning the flag must be half-masted by hoisting it as far
as the middle of the mast. The same should be observed by all embassies,
consulates and High Commissions of Kuwait abroad during official mourning
declared in the hosting country.
Article No. 5 calls for the implementation of this act as from 1st of
January, 1962. However, this act was amended by the issue of another Act
(No. 13) which added the following text to Article No. 2: "The flag may be
hoisted on private buildings during public and private celebrations. "The
new act also included a new article which reads as follows:
" Providing no violation is done to any other harder punishment stipulated
in the criminal law, any person hoists the national flag at all times, or
uses it as a trade mark, or as a means of advertisement, or hoists a
disrupted flag, or in any inappropriate manner; shall receive a punishment
not exceeding 3 months imprisonment and a fine not exceeding 20 Dinars, or
any of such punishments."
The new act had also amended the date of implementation of the flag act from
the 24th of November, 1961, instead of January 1, 1962.