2012 National Day celebrations coincided with the issuance of Law No. 14 of 2012 regarding the state flag. The law was issued at that time by His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani during his rule. The law stipulated that the national flag of the State of Qatar, in terms of shape, design, colors, sizes, materials, composition and performance requirements, be in accordance with the stipulated specifications.