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Living in the UAE? Master Cultural Etiquette and Build Connections

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The United Arab Emirates is a country that can offer the visitors fascinating experience due to the synthesis of Arab, Islamic, and even Western cultures. This combination is unique, are you ready to embrace it?Living in the UAE means adopting many new things and having a flexible approach to life.

Dive Deep: Embark on the Cultural Journey​


Visitors to the United Arab Emirates should familiarize themselves with Emirati history, religion, and culture before visiting the country. This knowledge helps any person to understand local behavior and thus avoids offending the people’s culture. Books, documentaries, or even online self-study courses can be helpful in this regard.

Respectful Interactions: Respect Local Tradition​


The United Arab Emirates is an Arab country with a predominantly Muslim population, and courtesy is highly appreciated. Avoid wearing revealing clothing or clothes that expose shoulders, knees or chest areas. The more a couple should avoid touching each other in public places. Also, ensure you conduct yourselves appropriately in public places by being polite to everyone.

Embrace Diversity: That is why the worlds of different cultures are waiting for us.​


The UAE is a cosmopolitan country, with people from all over the world residing in the city. Embrace this diversity!Respect the fact that different cultures exist in the world and embrace the differences. Since there are such differences, it promotes a better experience for everyone.

Unlocking Communication: There is no need to go on and on when a few words can do the trick.​


But even if the English language is prevalent, it is not a bad idea to know some basic Arabic phrases. It shows your attempt towards assimilation and makes interacting with the native people of the place easier. Just think of the many relationships that one can foster with just the basic Arabic phrase “Shukran” which means thank you.

Become a Local: Get Engaged into the Community​


Culture is therefore an integral part of a community’s identity. Get involved!You may want to volunteer or join an association, take part in cultural or social activities. Such experiences enable the formation of new acquaintances and give insights into the Emirati lifestyle.

Basic Manners Do’s and Dont’s​


Body Language: Using an open hand while pointing is encouraged. Avoid excessive eye contact especially with the opposite sex , but always make sure to make eye contact when speaking to someone. Avoid touching someone on the head since this is considered as taboo.

Dress Code: First of all, it is always pertinent to be humble. Try to dress modestly by not exposing your shoulders, knees and chest in public. Sexual provocative dressing is preferred to be avoided.

Mind Your Manners: Do not make any noise especially in the public places. Do not shout, spit, or throw litter, and refrain from kissing or other affectionate gestures.

Patience is Key: A Rewarding Journey Unfolds​


Culture is a continuous process of evolution, and it is for this reason that culture can be described as a process rather than a goal. Be patient with yourself. It is important to approach learning with an open mind. The stakes are high – gaining more insight into an enriching culture and creating camaraderie throughout the process.

The UAE waits for you with its unique and diverse traditions and an open arms embrace for those who are willing to accept it. Using the above tips, you are sure to enjoy your cultural transformation process as a fruitful and fulfilling endeavor.
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