The flag of Qatar was adopted on July 9, 1971. Prior to that Qatar had a similar flag but it closely resembled the flag of the neighboring country of Bahrain. The flag is purple with a wide serrated white band. The purple on the flag came about when a different red dye was use to make the flag. When the flag was left in the sun the color would change to a purple color which was believed to be a nicer color. The white on the flag represent peace and the purple symbolizes the bloodshed of those in the numerous wars that Qatar faced in the second half of the 19th century. The nine points on the serrated line indicate that Qatar is the ninth member of the “Reconciled Emirates” of the Persian Gulf.