A Complete Guide About Dubai

We’re all familiar with the glitz and glamor of Dubai, but it’s also a destination full of traditional culture. Dubai is a unique city which blends modern and traditional worlds. From having some of the most luxurious skyscrapers in the world while preserving heritage traditions in daily life, the culture in Dubai is worth experiencing.

A Complete Guide About Dubai

Dubai is located along the coast of the Arabian Coast with the Dubai Creek running through the center of the city, diving the old and new city. Water transportation became a popular way of getting around Dubai or transporting goods, which is also still a relevant part of transportation today. Traditional dhow boats were used to move people and goods around Dubai, but now, they serve are scenic tours for the amazing Dubai skyline along the waterfront.

 

A Complete Guide About Dubai

Dubai was known as a modest desert city up until the recent economic boom over the last decades that’s transformed it into one of the largest metropolises in the world. With such rapid growth, visiting Dubai puts you at the crossroads of modern luxury and traditional Middle Eastern culture.

 

Dubai is part of the Emirati culture, characterized throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Emirati culture has close ties with the Islamic heritage, with many of the traditions deriving from the region’s official religion. Dubai has had many influences from nearby cultures in developing traditions around the way that they dress, eat, get around the city, and overall daily lifestyle. The surrounding desert environment has also developed a lot of the cultural traditions in Dubai.

 

Clothes

 

The desert origins of the first civilizations to settle in Dubai are still evident today in Dubai. Clothing, for example, is significantly influenced by the desert. The traditional dress for men in Dubai is called “kundurah,” which are long robes and headscarves that protect from the intense desert heat. Women have a similar style of traditional dress called “abaya,” which they wear with a headscarf called hijab.

 

In the past, clothing used to represent social status in Dubai, but now, many people still wear traditional clothing during leisure times as fashion or during cultural celebrations. More and more, Dubai is adopting many western ideals when it comes to the way people dress, which is now widely accepted in the workplace and social settings.

Cuisine

 

Traditional food in Dubai is Arabic cuisine, which is typical throughout the UAE. Arabic cuisine is closely related to the neighboring Indian cuisine, utilizing rice for many of the dishes and uses of herbs and spices for a rich flavor. Some of the most common meals in Dubai include shawarmas and chicken biryani. Authentic local food can be found all around Dubai, whether from street vendors or upscale restaurants.

A Complete Guide About Dubai

Population, Religion and Language

 

Ever since the astronomical growth of Dubai, the city now only consists of approximately 10-15% of the population who are considered Emirates, or natives of Dubai. There has been a major influx of immigrants into Dubai, many coming from neighboring regions such as Indians and Pakistanis. There are large groups of expatriates from Asia and even from western countries like Britain.

 

Dubai has become a very diverse city, with the population drastically increasing from approximately 675,000 people in 1995 to over 2.5 million people in 2016, a period of only 20 years. While Dubai maintains Islam as the official religion and Arabic the official language (as is the case for the UAE), English is widespread along with the freedom to practice a preferred religion thanks to the diversity.

A Complete Guide About Dubai

Currency

 

The local currency in Dubai is the UAE Dirham (AED), used throughout all of the UAE. The currency is favorable to visitors of Dubai, with roughly $1 USD = 3.67 AED or 1€ Euro = 4.08 AED. Dubai has become one of the major financial centers in the world with its oil market. Tourism is also a large contributor to the local economy, mostly thanks to foreigners arriving to shop at world-class malls and shopping centers.

Clothes

 

The desert origins of the first civilizations to settle in Dubai are still evident today in Dubai. Clothing, for example, is significantly influenced by the desert. The traditional dress for men in Dubai is called “kundurah,” which are long robes and headscarves that protect from the intense desert heat. Women have a similar style of traditional dress called “abaya,” which they wear with a headscarf called hijab.

 

In the past, clothing used to represent social status in Dubai, but now, many people still wear traditional clothing during leisure times as fashion or during cultural celebrations. More and more, Dubai is adopting many western ideals when it comes to the way people dress, which is now widely accepted in the workplace and social settings.

A Complete Guide About Dubai

Over the past few years, Dubai has become one of the top travel destinations in the world. It’s a city where you’ll discover the modern world coexisting with the traditional desert culture of Dubai. Dubai’s culture continues to be well preserved with traditions and a way of life for the locals amidst the rapid changes in the city.

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