Dubai is today one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is home to nearly 200 nationalities and offers a truly memorable experience to all visitors. Whether it is by the banks of the Creek, or at the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Dubai lives and breathes a sense of possibility and innovation. And with an unparalleled coastline, beautiful desert and magnificent cityscapes.
With around 200 nationalities represented in Dubai, how people dress is incredibly varied – yet the traditional attire of the UAE is bold and distinctive. You can see it all across the city.
Typical Emirati clothing
With around 200 nationalities represented in Dubai, how people dress is incredibly varied – yet the traditional attire of the UAE is bold and distinctive. You can see it all across the city.Traditionally, women in Dubai wear an abaya – a long, black flowing light coat over their clothing. This is worn over their Western clothes or a traditional long-sleeved full-length dress known as a jalabeya. A black scarf called a shayla is often draped over the head.
Emirati national dress is a symbol of pride and identity that has been designed with the dual intent of providing comfort and adhering to religious beliefs. In Dubai, men wear an ankle-length, loose-fitting garment made of white cotton, known as a kandora or dishdasha. A ghutrah covers the head and is held in place by the agal, a type of black cord. This garment was originally used to protect the face from the harsh desert environment
Traditionally, women in Dubai wear an abaya – a long, black flowing light coat over their clothing. This is worn over their Western clothes or a traditional long-sleeved full-length dress known as a jalabeya. A black scarf called a shayla is often draped over the head.
Typical Emirati food
Do you know your karak from your chebab? Can you tell your lugaimat from your labneh? While Dubai is renowned for incredible dining options, local Emirati cuisine stands apart. Make your way to some of the many Emirati restaurants and sample the delicious dishes on offer. Here are some to get you started.
Camel: served in a variety of ways – often dished up with rice or made into burgers.
Dates: delicious, sweet fruit often stuffed with other goodies, such as nuts.
Fouga deyay: a rice dish with grilled chicken marinated in Emirati spices.
Gahwa: traditional Arabic coffee, often served from a ‘dallah’ pot.
Harees: boiled, cracked, or ground wheat, mixed with meat and seasoned.
Kabsa: basmati rice and meat, infused with saffron and nutmeg and other spices.
Karak chai: a mixed-spice tea that originated in the Indian subcontinent.
Luqaimat: sweet and sticky dumplings, drizzled with date syrup.
Shorbat adas: a delicious, delicately-spiced lentil soup – often a first course.
Shuwaa: slow cooked lamb, roasted nuts, raisins and rice – also known as ‘ouzi’.
Every visit to Dubai promises something new. From record-breaking attractions that are changing our skyline to fresh surprises for the family to enjoy and exciting thrills to try for the adventurous, there’s so much to take in on every trip.
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Airports In Dubai
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi OMAA AUH Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi OMAD AZI Al Bateen Executive Airport
Al Ain Abu Dhabi OMAL AAN Al Ain International Airport
Al Dhafra Abu Dhabi OMAM DHF Al Dhafra Air Base
Al Futaisi Abu Dhabi OMAF Futaysi Airport
Al Jazirah Al Hamra Ras al-Khaimah OMRJ Al Jazeirah Airport
Arzanah Abu Dhabi OMAR Arzanah Airport
Buhasa Abu Dhabi OMAB Buhasa Airport
Dalma Island Abu Dhabi OMDL ZDY Dalma Airport
Das Island Abu Dhabi OMAS Das Island Airport
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Northeast Airport
Dubai Dubai OMDB DXB Dubai International Airport
Dubai Dubai OMDM NHD Al Minhad Air Base
Dubai Dubai OMDW DWC Al Maktoum International Airport
Dubai World Central Airport
Fujairah Fujairah OMFJ FJR Fujairah International Airport
Jebel Dhana Abu Dhabi OMAJ Jebel Dhana Airport
Qarnayn Abu Dhabi OMAQ Qarnayn Airport
Ras al-Khaimah Ras al-Khaimah OMRK RKT Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
Ras al-Khaimah Ras al-Khaimah OMRS Al Saqr Field Airport
Sharjah Sharjah OMSJ SHJ Sharjah International Airport
Sir Bani Yas Abu Dhabi OMBY XSB Sir Bani Yas Airport
Zirku Abu Dhabi OMAZ Zirku Airport