Daily Life in the UAE

National Dress for male and female. 

     The men of the Arabian peninsula wear the gleaming white (sometimes brown or gray) ankle length dishdasha. Local men wear a small skull cap (gafia), covered by the white or sometimes red-checkered head cloth (gutra) and held in place by the twisted black coil (agal). Only rarely will a national appear in western dress within the Emirates. For important occasions and men of standing, the white dishdasha is covered by a flowing black cloak (bisht) edged with gold braid.

Emirati women usually wear trousers (sirwal) fitted tightly at the ankles. Over the sirwal is worn the jillabeeya, a floor length dress which is often decorated in embroidery and covered by a black cloak (abaya). Some women cover their face with a black cloth (nikab) that only reveals the eyes and others, mostly older women, wear a canvas mask called a burga which covers eyebrows, nose and mouth. Almost all women cover their hair with a shaila or hejjab as, according to Islam, hair is private.   

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Official National Holidays

  UAE National Day:  The UAE celebrated on  the Day 2-12 in each year because  state union of United Arab Emirates.


Ed Al Fitr  is the three-day celebration following Ramadhan. It is a festive and happy time during which Muslims do not fast; in fact, it is a time for feasts. The first day of Eid begins before dawn. After eating something (probably dates), showering, and putting on good or new clothes, Muslims gather in large outdoor areas for the first prayer of the day. Returning home from prayer, Muslims spend the day greeting friends and family. Homes are busy with visitors arriving throughout the day. Sweets, fruits, and snacks are offered to all and gifts are often given to children.  

 Eid Al-Adha: is a holiday at the end of the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca which is one of the greatest religious observance in Islam. . In Eid Al-Adha a lot of people communicate with family and relatives. Also people slaughtered sheep and give poor people .


The traditional food of the Emirates has always been rice, fish, and meat. The people of the United Arab Emirates have adopted most of their foods from the surrounding countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. Seafood has been the mainstay of the Emirati diet for centuries. Meat and rice are other staple foods; lamb and mutton are the more favored meats, then goat and finally beef. Popular beverages are coffee and tea, which can be supplemented with cardamom, saffron, or mint to give them a distinct flavor.

 Traditional Emarati TeaDishes forming part of the Emarati cuisine.

  • Machboos
  • Harees
  •  Lukaimat
  •  Batheeth
  • Khamir
  •  Al-Saloona (Curry)
  •  Fareed
  • Raqaq (flat)
  •  Al Jabab Bread

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Music and dance , camel racing in the UAE:

Music and dance in UAE forms a part of the culture and reflects the rich heritage of the country. . Music and dance is common in UAE in most of the festivals and cultural events. People express their joy by dancing even in weddings in UAE. Ayyalah is one among most popular folk dances in UAE. It represents a battle signifying the defeat of enemy and celebration of victory. Ayyalah is usually performed in groups with up to 200 men, organized in such a manner so that they face each other. It looks beautiful when they take turns in reciting poems and brandishing swords on the beats of traditional drums and tambourines. Harbiya is another popular dance in UAE. Like, Ayyalah Harbiya is also performed by two lines of men confronting each other, but the recitation is based on the repetition of unaccompanied melodic phrases. Other popular traditional dances in UAE include the Liwa. It is generally performed to a rapid tempo and loud drumbeat. This is also based on the theme of a war song whose purpose is to raise the morale of the fighting men. Haban (also known as the Khamiri, or the Khayali) is another major folk dance in UAE.  

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Camel racing is the most traditional and widely practiced sport in UAE, the camel races take place here all through the year during different occasions. The camel now serves as a means of celebration, competition and entertainment in desert regions. In fact, the Middle East is regarded as the topmost destination for camel racing lovers. At the time of festivals in Dubai camel races are organized for sheer entertainment purposes. Throughout the winters, camel racing is held in Dubai on Thursdays to Saturdays. The city has numerous high-class racing tracks built specially for this purpose. Race distance are somewhere between five and ten kilometers. Some camel races in Dubai witness participation of more than 70 camels at a time. Entry is usually free at the racetracks of Dubai. However, there are certain regulations that have to be observed by visitors – for example, the non-allowance of cameras at racetracks. The popular camel races in Dubai are broadcast on radio, and duly find mention in print media. A sports involving the who’s who of societycamel races are open to all and sundry. Often, victorious camels are bought by wealthy sheikhs. Many of the affluent ministers and sheikhs in Dubai own 10,000 camels or more.    

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