Qatar’s National Color – Pantone 222c (Qatar Red)

A collegue shared an interesting fact with me today. Qatar’s exact Pantone is 222c. I decided that I wanted to find the exact shade and dived online.

Officially known in the color world as Qatar Red (not Maroon!), it’s quite a hard color to print.

It took me a whole hour to replicate the exact shade of 222c (since versions on the web were inaccurate, photoshop’s color profiles kept messing with shades, etc..).

For those interested. Best thing to do is shift to ‘LAB’ instead of RGB, keep it at 8bit, and then go through the swatch (and make a few adjustments using the color picker.)

I also put together the HEX code and RGB corresponding code in case someone wants to match it themselves :)

Here you go!

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.