United Arab Emirates Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd

United Arab Emirates Local Customs

  • Commercial Fishing

    Because the United Arab Emirates has coasts along both the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean, commercial fishing has for centuries been an important part of the lives of the Arabs who lived on the coasts. Traditionally, wooden fishing boats called sambuk, wooden boats with a mast for a sail, were used, but now more conventional diesel-powered craft are...

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  • Photography of Muslim Women

    Photography of Muslim women is generally considered offensive, and anyone caught taking pictures may face the wrath of their male relations, or may have to answer to the police. Therefore, anyone wanting to take pictures of women in their abayas should do so discretely and from a distance.Most female citizens of the United Arab Emirates are Muslim,...

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  • Islam

    Islam is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates. Unlike in some of its neighboring countries, other religions are tolerated, and even officially sanctioned. There are Christian churches in most of the larger cities and towns. Alcohol is available to non-Muslims in hotels in all of the emirates except Abu Dhabi. Western tourists may wear...

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  • The Camel

    Historically, the camel was the most important animal in the lives of the nomadic Bedu (sometimes called Bedouin) of the Arabian Peninsula. It was the main form of transportation, it served as a general beast of burden, its meat and milk were food staples, and its hides were used for leather. (In Oman I tried camel's milk. See my "Restaurant" tip...

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  • Dhows

    Dhows are a type of wooden boat traditionally powered by sail that have been used for centuries on trade routes between the Middle East, India and East Africa. The name is not Arabic, but comes from a Swahili word, dau, meaning "boat" or "ship." The Arabic word is al boom.Pearls from the Persian Gulf were traded for gold, precious stones, and ivory...

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  • Cooling Towers

    Cooling (or wind) towers, designed to catch the smallest breeze and bring it down in the house, the air conditioning system of the pre-oil Arabia.Out of aesthetic reasons, this architectural element is present today in modern blocks, as you can see here in Sharjah.

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  • 96 hours visa

    Transit passengers in the UAE are entitled to receive a 96 hours visa (i.e. 4 days).Formalities are pretty straightforward and free of charge: hand in the passport to a “96 hours visa” desk in the airport and you’ll receive it back together with the paperwork and forms already filled in in less than 30 minutes. Head to the passport control, take...

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  • Falcons

    The noble birds, and fastest ever animal in the world, using the gravity laws a falcon fall down with a speed up to 300 kms in hour to make small chances for surviving to the target poor animal victim, Falcons are the sign and favorite animal of the wealthy Sheikh's of UAE, and they coast loooooots of money, and there are big efforts and daily job...

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  • Sculptures In Traffic Circles

    In the United Arab Emirates, as in many Arabic countries, human representation in artwork is forbidden according to Koranic law. Therefore, public art often consists of abstract scupltures in traffic circles. In addition to the gigantic coffee pot pictured here, I saw huge ceramic pots, a clock tower, ancient cannons, a replica of the Koran, an...

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  • Tipping

    In many Middle Eastern countries there is a tendency to ask for tips or baksish by everybody. This is a practice which is encouraged by gullible tourists who don’t know better. Don’t feel obliged or pressured into do so, just to get them off your back. Would you tip someone at home when you feel they don’t deserve it? I wouldn’t think so. Tipping...

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  • Ramadan In Islam

    Ramadan. In Islam, the holy month of fasting, the ninth month of the Muslim year, in which ýthe Qur'an was sent down as a guidance for the peopleý (Qur'an 2:185). For more information on the Holy Month, click here to visit my Travelogue:The Holy Month of Ramadan

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  • Learning Arabic

    If you would like to learn a little Arabic before your travels, just click on this site. Apologies for the adverts which appear on it!)Babel Arabic

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  • DANCERS: typical (maybe prefab...

    DANCERS: typical (maybe prefab for tourists) bedouin dancers.The "maybe" word is an option here. The whole organization was constructed to let tourist feel the desert atmosphere but nothing was real. This kingd of show are to be enjoyed for what they are. Not many questions, don't think much to it, don't think to the money you have spent to be...

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  • DANCERS: belly dancer, much...

    DANCERS: belly dancer, much typical, so bad the dancer was italian...This has been the end of our night outside the town. After the "rally" I talked about in my first tip, we have been brought in a camp to enjoy a small camel ride, a small spectacle with actors and this dancers show.Someone told me this girl is from Milan and ruined the whole...

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  • Don't be surprised..

    You might not need this but it's just for your info... :)If you ever saw a house with light decoration don't think it's a tourism spot!! it's a wedding!!!Over here the bride's house is usually decorated with lights for a day or two.. or maybe even a week.. to announce the wedding and share the joy.. :)The ceremony usually takes place in a wedding...

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  • Henna

    Henna is one of the oldest and most common beauty traditions here in UAE... You can have henna in almost every beauty salon in UAE... try it ladies.. you'll love it... :-)

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  • Men.. and women...

    Most of you live in a society in which men and women work together, study together and generally spend time together as friends/ lovers.. Here in UAE women work side to side with men.. but there are always limits..never shake hand with a local girl!!!! She won't bite you! I mean local girls are open minded and generally cool.. but it's against the...

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  • Religion as a Way of...

    Religion as a Way of lifeThe people of Abu Dhabi and throughout the UAE, led by their President Sheikh Zayed, are deeply committed to Islam. It establishes the principles and values by which they live day-to-day, such as preserving family life, sharing and showing equal respect for one another. Abu Dhabi is a city of mosques, with well over 400 of...

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  • For those women who would like...

    For those women who would like to try some traditional decoration from Dubai, 'Al Hina'is the most suitable one for them.

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  • Dress conservative when you're...

    Dress conservative when you're downtown or shopping. Men and women ideally should cover the lower body, not just out of cultural respect, but to avoid being a feast for local eyes. It can get disconcerting or embarassing. Don't tip like you're in the USA, i.e. don't be generous. When shopping, BARGAIN, for Gods sakes. BRING THE PRICE DOWN AGAIN AND...

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  • It should be obvious...

    It should be obvious really.But just to re-iterate, you shouldn't show disrespect to the locals, their religion or their lifestyle. In particular (if you're a man) you must be respectful to women there.If you're friendly and nice, you'll have no problems. There is a mix of cultures and religions, but the dominant values come from Islam and the...

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  • Falconery is a favorite pastime.

    Falconery is the most favorite sports of a traditional Arab. This young man in modern dress has a pet Saker Falcon. However, His Highness Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Alnahayan has encouraged wildlife conservation also. At regular periods, the UAE releases captive falcons back in the wilds and monitors them. See our travelogue of NWFP, Pakistan.

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  • This is Christmas Time in hot...

    This is Christmas Time in hot Dubai - a city in the United Arab Emirates. This picture came right now from Dubai !(there is now 20*C!) I ´ll show you it !

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  • As every muslim country UAE...

    As every muslim country UAE keeps its religious traditions and rules.So You need to respect it and not to smoke,not to appear anywhere in public places with open dress,while a Ramadan even not to chew a gum.And there is a very serious relation to alcohol drinks-they don't sale(in restaurants only) and You can't drink beer,ect,and also not to appear...

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  • Hmmm being Asian is not easy...

    Hmmm being Asian is not easy though because when you travel alone people will think that you are sort of doing 'monkey business' as my boyfriend saying it, so as a lady, alone..try not to be so friendly but of course friendly to the shop owners if you want to get more discount.

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  • Please don't go shopping in...

    Please don't go shopping in skimpy tops and shorts. The local people find it offensive and think of you as a 'lady of the night'. Just be sensible and wear trousers and something with short sleeves. A girl is safe to walk around completely alone even at night - just don't wear suggestive clothing. You may even be spat at.

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  • Irrespective of what you're...

    Irrespective of what you're wearing (bikini or long-sleeved floor-length dress, if you're a white female people will stare at you.Men don't seem to attract so much attention - perhaps because people there are more comfortable with the idea of businessmen, rather than women.Despite this, apart from on the beach / or by the pool, neither men nor...

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  • Dubai is a cosmopolitan city...

    Dubai is a cosmopolitan city but remember it is an Islamic coutry, please keep the hands off your partner while in public. do the kissy kissy in your hotel room. They don't like that and if you are not legally married to that partner of yours you could go to jail :o careful......By the way this is the picture of shopping area in Sharjah, no it's...

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  • As always I feel that...

    As always I feel that travellers visiting places like this where the culture is so differant should respect the wishes of the Country they are in. In the UAE I would advise a conservative dress code and this is to the men: Do Not Stare At the Ladies! Get into the spirit of things and share a peace pipe - consisting of dried fruit!

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  • In the men's room at the...

    In the men's room at the airport there are stalls with what I'll call the Eastern style toilets and the Western style toilets. If you don't see the kind you are used to just try one of the other stalls.

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  • Dubai is the most liberal...

    Dubai is the most liberal emirate out of the seven emirates. Although you will find locals wearing traditional dresses, the expat population is pretty relaxed. Visitors are advised to dress sobre, but shorts and mini skirts are allowed. Just dont roam around in your bikini in public places.

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  • Enjoy the process of learning...

    Enjoy the process of learning cultural rules and laws before you depart for this part of the world. The life/wife you save may be your own. Really, this is a lovely place to travel to, though it does get hot and women are treated differently from in the States.

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  • The Foundation premises are...

    The Foundation premises are located in the city of Abu Dhabi. The premises consist of two buildings, one of which are located in the city center opposite the Grand Mosque at the intersection of Airport Road and Zayed First Street. The second building is situated between Zayed Sports City and the Shariah Court Complex. The Building is considered...

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  • You won't need much Arabic...

    You won't need much Arabic when you're in the Emirates, but you do need to read the numbers. Note that the upper row is the printed form; the lower row is handwritten. And the '0' is a raised dot. Decimal points are indicated, as in German or French, with what looks like a comma. Here they are:

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