Culture and Lifestyle in the United Arab Emirates
Let’s dive into the UAE world.
Everyday life with food.
Before the 1960s, most people ate fish, rice, bread, dates, yoghurt, vegetables from their gardens, and meat from sheep, goats, and camels. Modern supermarkets sell imported foods that make the diet better and more varied.
The primary meal for the family is lunch, which is eaten at home at approximately 2:00. Usually, it has fish, rice, meat, and a dish of vegetables. The traditional way for Emiratis to eat is with their right hand. Pork and alcohol are bad for Muslims, and meat must be killed using the halal method based on Islamic law.
Emiratis are renowned for their warmth and generosity; they take pride in hosting visitors and spending time with friends and family. Coffee and fresh dates are served to guests when they arrive. People pass around incense so the guests’ hats can catch the smell. Fast-food restaurants and restaurants that serve a wide range of ethnic foods have become popular as the number of immigrants has grown.
The income is one of the highest in the world, but the emirates are very different. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah produce the most oil. Through the federal welfare system and jobs in state institutions, the other emirates have benefited from oil revenue.
With oil prices decreasing, the government has tried to diversify the economy. Because of this, industry, construction, business, free trade zones, transportation, tourism, farming, fishing, and communication have all grown. The country is less dependent on oil now that these industries are overgrowing. In 1998, the non-oil sector made up 70% of the gross domestic product, estimated to be $45,590 million.
We are splitting up the work.
Citizens make up 10% of the total number of people who work. Because the benefits are so good, almost all nationals (99%) work in the state sector. Most work in nontechnical jobs in education, the army, the police, and the civil service. They also own every business in the Emirates. Immigrants work in the public sector, the private sector, and in technical and professional jobs.
The federal government of the UAE is made up of several parts:
- President and Vice President
- The highest court
- The government
- The National Federal Council
- A separate court system with a federal supreme court.
The rulers of the seven emirates are on the Supreme Council, which has both legislative and executive power. Most of the ministers in the cabinet come from the families that run the emirates.
Politicians and people in charge.
The UAE was made possible because each emirate’s traditional tribal system of government was based on the same political ideas. The dynastic family rule is still in place in each emirate as a form of local government under the federal system.
Members of the ruling families hold the most critical jobs in their governments. Even though some of the political system’s formal and informal values are still the same, it has been able to keep up with changes in the economy and society. People look up to the sheikhs because they are both modernizers and keepers of the cultural heritage. They still have formal meetings called majlis, where people can talk to their leaders.
Infrastructure has come a long way, which is impressive. The welfare system provides:
- High-quality health care.
- Education to the university level.
- Social security.
- Family allowances.
- Subsidized electricity and water.
- Housing for people with low incomes from birth to death.
This is a significant way oil money is shared among the country’s people. The immigrant population also gets some help, especially regarding health care.
The Fields of Medicine and Health Care
Because there were not many hospitals around before 1960, most people in the population relied on traditional forms of folk medicine. People who were mentally sick were often treated with cautery, bloodletting, and herbs, and they were also assisted by a religious instructor known as mute awe. About 45 years of life is what one may anticipate living for oneself.
The healthcare system that the Emiratis use is both contemporary and accessible, and it consists of a large number of hospitals, primary healthcare facilities, and private clinics that are staffed chiefly by immigrants. The current average life expectancy is 72 years, and the infant mortality rate has decreased due to nutrition and medical treatment improvements. Those members of the family who are unwell get assistance from their extended families by often visiting the hospital. Conventional medicine is still used in treating mental diseases.
The most significant secular holiday is the UAE’s National Day on December 2. Colored lights decorate the cities, and folklore groups perform in villages with a long history. January 1 is a holiday, but most people don’t celebrate it. Communities of expatriates have their own national and religious festivals.