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The United Arab Emirates is made up of seven emirates, Abu Dhabi (which serves as its capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Ove 50% of the population consists of expats that contribute to its modern society. There are many draws to relocating to the United Arab Emirates. We looked at some of those and the culture you would be joining if you were thinking about relocating there.

Big player in business and tourism

Despite consisting of approximately 90% desert and mountain terrain the UAE is a thriving connected part of the world. Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular have invested in magnificent skyscrapers and hotels, continually adding to the innovative nature of the emirates.

Respecting Islamic culture

As an Islamic nation being aware and respecting local customs will help you to settle in and adapt a lot quicker.

Dress: In the Emirates dressing conservative in public is seen as appropriate.

Be aware of prayer: Muslims pray five times a day. During this time you will notice public music will be turned off and drivers not close to a mosque are likely to stop at a convenient layby to privately pray.

Be respectful of Ramadan: During this time eating, drinking, smoking, loud music in public, daylight dancing in public areas are all strictly forbidden.

Drinking: to drink at home and in licensed venues you will need to obtain a liquor licence. Drinking in public is considered a punishable offense.

Knowing the local customs in advance means you will be able to settle into relocating to the United Arab Emirates a lot quicker. Once you understand how to be respectful you can relax and just enjoy your beautiful and constantly evolving new surroundings.


If you would like to find out more about relocating to the United Arab Emirates click here to read our settling in tips.

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