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The values of Islam are still central to the tradition and heritage of the United Arab Emirates. Faith gives strength and inspiration that touches every aspect of everyday life even today.

Religious holidays

In the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Holy Qur’an. The time is not based on the Gregorian calendar, but starts about eleven days earlier each year.

“Eid Al Fitr” is a festival celebrating the end of Ramadan for three days. The celebrations begin with the morning prayer with the exchange of gifts. The end of the “Hajj” (the pilgrimage to Mecca that a Muslim should undertake at least once in a lifetime) is celebrated for four days with the festival “Eid Al Adha”.

Arabian Hospitality

Courtesy and hospitality are among the most valued virtues in the Arab world. In an environment consisting mainly of desert and a few oasis, the law of hospitality was essential for survival. You will be welcomed by the people with sincere warmth and friendliness.

Serving Arabian coffee flavored with cardamom is a typical tradition. The ceremony of the preparation, serving and drinking of gahwa derived from the traditions of Islamic and Bedouin hospitality.

Family life

The family is the most important institution in Arab society. Just like the real core of the family, this group includes grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and more distant relatives. The bonds within these extended families are very close and firm. Older family members are especially respected and revered.

Marriages are arranged between the families, but the bride and groom must give their consent. Weddings are big events and are celebrated for several days with music and dance.

Women are respected in Islamic society as the center and heart of the family. They are equal in all educational opportunities and increasingly pursue a job outside their home.