United Arab Emirates holds a diversified portfolio with successful achievements in various industries. This breathtaking oasis in the middle of the desert is a union of seven emirates namely, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, R’as al-Khaimah and Fujairah. UAE came into being on 2nd December 1971. Apart from Arabic as its official language and Islam, the way of life, UAE welcomes people of varied nationalities to practice their cultures while respecting their boundaries.
As UAE is an amalgam of people from many diversified cultures, the living environment of this country is adaptable, relatable and very comfortable for many expatriates. Although there is a freedom but UAE firmly holds deep-rooted beliefs in Islam and practices its teachings undisputedly.
The primary goal of the rulers of this nation is to safeguard and promote the religion of Islam while accommodating economic growth.
United Arab Emirates occupies a total area of 83,600 km² and shares its border with KSA, Qatar and Oman. It has the seventh largest oil reserves in the world and it is very responsible in handling its environmental aspects. The UAE is an active leading country in the field of clean and renewable energy worldwide. Its immense efforts culminated by choosing Abu Dhabi to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy (Irena).
Climate: As the UAE is situated in the deserts of Middle East it faces the harshest summers around the globe. The summer season in UAE spans almost eight months with July and August having the extreme temperatures. Many indoor facilities and activities are organized with respect to the seasons and these are highly appreciated.
Education: In the field of education the UAE is successfully striving to match the standards of some of the best educational hubs in the world. The government invests heavily in ensuring that all the requirements are met.
Health: Health sector receives great attention as the UAE is determined to ensure the safety of all its residents. There are private hospitals and clinics. Health insurance is mandatory for all expatriates and their dependents. Under federal law, every Emirati and expatriate in the country will be covered by compulsory health insurance under a unified mandatory scheme.
Holy Month of Ramadan: Ramadan is a respectable holy month and it is observed with great zest and zeal. This month of fasting restricts all Muslims from eating, drinking and any other inappropriate dealings from dawn till sunset. In respect of the requirements of Ramadan most eating hangouts are closed in the daytime. Work hours are reduced during Ramadan usually to six hours a day.
Cultural Cuisine: Just as its culture the Emirati cuisine is also cosmopolitan.
The influence of varying cultures has also impacted their cuisine therefore it appears as a blend of Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. Emiratis retain their essence by welcoming guests with dates and gahwa (Arabic coffee). These are kept available through the guest’s visit. Pork is prohibited in Islam so it is ensured that it is not included in Arab menu while meat, fish and rice are the staple foods of the Emirati cuisine.
Sports: Football is the most popular sport. Emirati football clubs Al-Ain, Al-Wasl, Al-Shabbab ACD, Al-Sharjah, Al-Wahda, and Al-Ahli are the most popular teams and enjoy the reputation of long-time regional champions. Other popular sports include Cricket, Camel Racing, Falconry, Endurance Riding, and Tennis.
UAE Dressing: The UAE society follows its dress code strictly. Emirati men and women can easily be distinguished by their traditional dressings such as the Kandura and the women wear an Abaya. The dress code in Dubai is generally liberal however, as a mark of respect; it is advisable to abide by the following:
General Behaviors towards men and women