Curious foreigners get rare chance to sample Emirati culture

DUBAI – No question was off limits for curious vacationers and abroad residents of Dubai wanting to examine additional about Emirati culture and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Emiratis make up decrease than 10% of those dwelling in Dubai, primarily essentially the most populated emirate throughout the seven-emirate United Arab Emirates federation, making it arduous for foreigners to meet them.

Dubai goes to good lengths to market itself as open to completely totally different cultures and faiths as a result of the Middle East’s financial, commerce and leisure center, and a authorities cultural center is inviting company to uncover out additional about Emirati life.

“There are no offending questions,” said Emirati Rashid al-Tamimi from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

“How do you worship, what is the mosque, why do you wear white, why do women wear black … is everybody rich in this country?”

Emirati volunteers gathered at a majlis – the conventional sitting room the place the end-of-fast iftar meal is served at floor-level – have been requested about courting and marriage, what they take into account Dubai’s comparatively liberal robe codes for foreigners, and options of the Muslim faith.

“We learn from them, they learn from us. (Foreigners) have been here a long time and I feel they see themselves as Emiratis, and we are proud that they do so,” said Majida al-Gharib a scholar volunteer.

Visitors broke the day’s fast with dates and water, sooner than sampling Emirati delicacies, along with biryani and machboos rice and meat dishes.

Seven-year-old Anthony from Poland, who goes to school in Dubai, said he acquired right here to uncover out additional in regards to the breaking of the short meal on account of numerous his buddies in school do it.

2019 has been designated the Year of Tolerance throughout the United Arab Emirates and there is a minister of state for tolerance. However, like its Gulf Arab neighbors, the UAE would not allow dissent or criticism of its administration.

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