Two main orientations shaped traditional Emirati culture: the nomadic desert-oriented Bedouins with small oasis farming and the sea-oriented culture that revolved around pearling and sea trading. Economically, politically, and socially interdependent, these subcultures created common culture and social identity.
With rich Muslim traditions that filter into every corner of daily life, it is carefully followed by the majority of those who live in UAE. The country consists of the seven small emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Qaiwain, and Fujairah, which were united as a federal state. Dubai, being the most populated of the seven, has become a bit of a melting pot of cultures, though it remains Arabian at its very core.
Beyond the breathtaking skyscrapers, with their awe inspiring architecture, you will find a tribute to traditional life of the Emirates in many parts of the city. Take a trip to the Al Fahidi Fort, which was built in 1787. Today it stands as a protector of traditional Arab houses, mosques, farms and more. Consider a guided tour of the historic Bastakiya district or the impressive Jumeirah Mosque to extend your cultural experiences.