The Dushanbe Flagpole is a flagpole located in front of the Palace of Nations in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. It is the tallest free-standing flagpole in the world, at a height of 165 m (541 ft), beating the 162 m (531 ft) National Flagpole in Azerbaijan and the 133 m (436 ft) Ashgabat Flagpole at Turkmenistan. The flagpole flies a 700 kg (1,543 lb), 30 x 60 metre Flag of Tajikistan. Construction The flagpole consists of 12-metre sections of steel tube fitted together by crane. It was constructed and erected by Trident Support, based in San Diego. The company was also responsible for Azerbaijan's National Flagpole. The design phase for the flagpole began in July 2009. Fabrication of the pole sections was completed in Dubai in October 2010. The sections were then shipped to Dushanbe, where construction of the flagpole began on the 24th of November 2010, Tajikistan's National Flag Day. The final assembly and erection took place during April and May 2011, with the first test flight of the flag of Tajikistan taking place on the 24th of May, 2011. The flagpole cost $3.5 million and was part of the $210 million spent on projects celebrating the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan's Independence.