Dubai has a long history tracing back to 1830 when a branch of the Bani Yas tribe from the Liwa oasis, led by the Maktoum family, who continue to rule to this day, took over the land. With a long history of trading, the Creek became the commercial heart of the city with a constant flow of traditional dhows sailing through. Step back in time at the Al Fahidi Historical District, the cultural heart of Dubai, ride the abras on the Creek and visit the gold and spice souks.
Learning the culture
Should you wish to learn more about the culture of Dubai and pick up some useful Emirati dialect along the way, we can arrange classes with local teachers. In conjunction with the Al Ramsa Institute, we can offer spoken Emirati Arabic lessons that will teach you the basics during your stay. We can also organise Emirati cultural awareness classes, lead by Emiratis, so you can learn more about the culture in Dubai.
The United Arab Emirates is comprised of seven emirates: the largest of which and the capital being Abu Dhabi. Othe Emirates include Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.
Dubai has a diverse and multicultural society, a modern city which remains close to its cultural heritage and Islam. The city is both a dynamic business hub and a tourist’s paradise. From the tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the malls and souks, Dubai offers an array of activities to suit all travelers.
Dubai’s dress code is based on respect for the culture and religion of the UAE. Modest, conservative clothing is expected in public places and men should always wear a shirt or top in public. At the pool or on the beach however, beach wear is acceptable.
The UAE is an Islamic country.
Throughout the year there are a number of Islamic holidays such as Lailat al Mi’raj, the Prophet’s ascension into heaven, Eid al Fitr, the feast of the breaking of the fast, Eid al Adha, the feast of sacrifice and Ramadan.
Ramadan in Dubai
Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran. For Muslims worldwide, it is a time of spiritual reflection and zakat (charity). During this time, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Ramadan is a magical time in the UAE, with many night markets and festivals. It is a time of community spirit and sharing.
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