Cultural Information United Arab Emirates

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Common Cuisine

  • Balaleet
  • Machoos
  • Mhammar
  • Luqaimat
  • Chabab



  • E.Y.E (Empty Yard Experience)
  • Hussein Al Jasmi
  • Absolace
  • Coat of Arms
  • The Narcicyst


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Who's Who?

Mohamed Alabbar, the chairman of Emaar properties, broke the record by erecting the world’s tallest building ‘Burj Khalifa’ in 2010, at a time when the regions real estate market was in turmoil. Alabbar has been a pivotal figure in shaping and positioning Dubai as the commercial and lifestyle hub of the region. He set up ‘The Dubai Mall’, which became the world’s most visited shopping and leisure destination with 54 million visitors in 2011, and launched the iconic retail trade event, Dubai Shopping Festival. Named as the Middle East Personality of the Year in 2006 by Foreign Direct Investment magazine, Alabbar is a senior aide to Dubai’s ruler. He’s power expands into Africa, where he owns a mining empire, Africa Middle East Resources, that operates in eight African countries.

Sheikh Ahmed, the President of the Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and Chairman of The Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World, Dubai’s investment wing. He changed the landscape of UAE’s aviation industry by transforming Emirates from a mere regional airline into the world’s largest carrier by international passenger traffic. He launched the low budget airline Fly Dubai and spearheaded the creation of airport Terminal 3, the world’s largest air terminal. The son of the former Ruler of Dubai is also the chairman of Emirates NBD, the emirate’s Supreme Fiscal Committee, the deputy chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and the head of Dubai Power and Energy Committee.

Television and Films

  • Sea Shadow (2011)
  • Fair Game (2010)
  • In the Sands of Babylon (2013)
  • Desert Riders
  • Freej
  • A Grain of Sand

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Recommended Readings

  • The Pearl Diver by Julia Johnson
  • Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism by Mike Davis, Daniel Bertrand Monk
  • Camels Love Dubai by Stephen Wilkins
  • The New Arab Journalist: Mission and Identity in a Time of Turmoil by Lawrence Pintak
  • A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani


Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. He succeeded to the position of Emir of Abu Dhabi on the moment of his father's death, after a royal family meeting, thereby becoming the President of the UAE the next day, 3 November 2004, taking rule over from his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Although Crown Prince, he had effectively been acting president earlier since the late 1990s as his father was in ill health, being in his 80's. Khalifa is also chairman of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). The Al Nahayan family is believed to have a fortune of $150 billion collectively as a family. He was a personal friend of former Turkmen President, Saparmurat Niyazov, in which they helped build an orphanage center just outside Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and constitutional monarch of Dubai. He has held those positions since January–February 2006, when he succeeded his elder brother, Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is the first female minister in the UAE, has not only established her presence domestically but also internationally by ranking as the 55th most powerful woman in the world. She was the former Minister of Economy and Planning before taking the Minister of Foreign Trade brief. The Sheikha’s involvement in strengthening exports with international partners makes her a vital part of the UAE’s diversification strategy. A member of the ruling family of Sharjah, she won plaudits for developing a system that slashed cargo turnaround times at Dubai airport. In 2002, she founded Tejari, the Middle East’s first business-to-business online marketplace. The minister also sits on the board of directors at the Dubai Chamber for Commerce and Industry, and is on the board at the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce. 

Cultural Activities

  • Visit Dolphin Bay in Dubai
  • See the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dubai
  • Visit Ajman Museum in Ajman
  • Enjoy the water show at Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah
  • Learn more about UAE at SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai

Recommended Websites

Did You Know??

Elham Al Qasim is an Emirati woman, who embarked on a successful skiing expedition to the North Pole “unsupported and unassisted” (two terms used in polar expeditions, denoting use of natural means and without any kind of assistance). On April 23, 2010, she became the first Arab woman and the first UAE national to reach the North Pole.

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