Despite the development and progress of Dubai during the last 30 years into one of the most urbanised and modern cities in the world, the local population remains firmly conscious of their heritage, legacy and culture.
Tourists visiting Dubai cannot fail to be other than impresse with the overwhelming and friendly welcome they will recieve.
One of the most recognisale forms of Arabic culture within the gulf region is the dhow and today craftsmen still build working and racing dhows as well as pleasure boats, therefore keeping old traditions alive and preserving the heritage of the UAE.
Numerous museums have been opened to the public in recent times; however overshadowing all the revived museums and sites is the completely restored Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House in Old Dubai. The landmark wind towers are unique feature in this region and create air circulation within a room.
The national dress for men is the spotlessly clean and cool white dishdasha or kandoura and is worn with a headdress, known as a ghuttra, which is normally white for Emirati nationals. Local Emirati ladies wear a traditional black silk abaya often decorated with beads; the headcrafts is called a sheyla. Some older women wears a mask, called burkha.
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT during winter and 3 hours ahead during daylight saving in summer season.
The official language is Arabic, although English is the most commonly used language in all areas that incorporate tourism and commerce. Hindi, Farsi and Urdu are also widely used.