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Do's and Dont's in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Many people worry about overstepping the mark and worry so much that they don’t have a good time. Others who come to the UAE have a blatant disregard for the culture. There’s also common sense about what you should do on holiday. We cover the do's and don’ts in the UAE.

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Middle Eastern Food

Middle Eastern Food

Different types of Food and Cuisine in the Middle East The UAE is an excellent place to sample all types of Gulf and Middle Eastern Cuisine, including Iranian and Lebanese food. You will often see buffet spreads with huge amounts of food. These will usually contain: Hummous: a dip made from chick peas and sesame seeds Tabouleh: chopped parsley, mint and crunched wheat Ghuzi: a whole roast lamb on…

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Basic Arabic Phrases

Arabic phrases

Basic Arabic Phrases Although English is increasingly used in business relationships, in many situations Arabic is the key language, as you would expect. Having a little bit of Arabic to start with is a great way to talk to the locals and converse with some of the people. It also shows that you have made an effort for their culture which is always beneficial. What we have provided below are …

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History of the UAE

Modern History & Major Events of the UAE   Abu Dhabi is the story of the Bani Yas tribe, and the history of Abu Dhabi is how this tribe started off in this area. But the history actually goes back way further, and it is only in recent years that remains were found dating back several thousan…

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Dubai Articles

The Most Popular Dubai Articles There have been some great articles that have focused on Dubai and appeared in the press, giving a view on the emirate. Some are objective, but some less so. Either way we have highlighted some that are particularly interesting: Dark side of Dubai’s economic boom exa…

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Travel Guide Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Explorer The Complete Resident's Guideby Alistair Mackenzie Buy from:amazon.comamazon.caamazon.co.uk The Abu Dhabi & Al Ain Explorer is the equivalent Abu Dhabi 'must have' before relocating. Since many of the formalities are the same in both the Emirates, it is only worthwhile purchasing…

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UAE Clothing

UAE Clothes

What do you wear when you come to the UAE? Well, in business it's always better to be conservative. For men, this means getting suited up, although in some office environments a shirt and trousers wil…

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Arabian Body Language

Body language in the UAE and amongst Arabs is completely different to that in the West. And because there a many Arabs here from different countries, it would make sense to understand a little about what certain body language might mean. We have touched on the importance of not showing the sole of y…

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UAE Photo books

Photos usually give a flavour of a place, but those by the professionals really bring out the taste. Here are our selection. Images of Dubai & the UAEby Explorer Publishing Buy from:amazon.com    amazon.ca    amazon.co.uk This product of the Explorer Stable captures the essence of what Dubai has b…

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UAE Government

The political system of the United Arab Emirates Government Because of the nature of its make up, the UAE Government works in a different way to countries of democracies in the West. Firstly, there are no parties and no real elections. In since countries you may have two levels of government, but s…

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A guide to Islam

A basic guide to Islam

Being in the UAE, you are essentially in the Islamic World, and therefore it makes sense to understand the religion that is practiced here. Since Islam is part of every day life for the Nationals as well as many of the Arabs, we have put together some information about Islam to give you the heads up on what you need to know. Roots of the religion - Islam was part of the great religious competition…

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UAE Names

On your first encounter with names in the UAE and the Middle East, you may end up a little confused. In the West you may have two names, such as George Clooney or Brad Pitt or, you are sometimes referred to by your 3 names in the case of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Most of the time it is pretty simple. …

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UAE Culture Books

You could be the typical expat and live oblivious to the country that you have moved to, or you could find out a little about the culture. Understand what and why from these selection of books.    The Middle East Unveiled:  A Cultural and Practical Guide for All Western Business Professionals’ …

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What does Yani mean in Arabic

Yanni actually mean "kind of" when used in Arabic. The reason why Westerners find this funny is as follows: Yanni is a Greek, mullet-haired, uber-performer musician, famous for two things, his relationship with Dynasty's Linda Evans who played Krystle Carrington and for his composition, Aria, which…

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Inshallah

Being in the Middle East, you hear it all the time: Inshallah this, Inshallah that. We look into the catchphrases of the Arab world and examine what they really mean. InshallahYou must have heard it once in your life if not multiple times daily. Inshallah literally means 'If Allah wills it', or gene…

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Ramadan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Where exactly did the last 12 lunar months go? It seems like only yesterday that our stomachs craved for food during the day, and then craved space after feasting at night. And now the countdown is upon us, the talk is all about on which day the first of Ramadan will fall. The predicted date is the …

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Books to Learn Arabic

You can get away without knowing any words of Arabic in the UAE, apart from 'mafi mushkil', 'Inshallah' and 'shoo hadha', but for those who wish to pick up a little more than just the basics, here are our recommendations. Teach yourself Gulf Arabicby Jack Smart Buy from:amazon.com    amazon.ca    am…

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Halal and Haram

There are rules set down on what can do and can't do. Specifically there are rules in the Quran on what a Muslim can or can't eat. Things that are permitted are halal, whereas those things that are forbidden are haram.Haram items include:- Alcohol (and other methods of intoxication) , and all things…

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