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Abu Dhabi – The Cultural Crown of UAE
April 28th, 2015

A nation’s culture resides in the heart and soul of its city, just like Abu Dhabi is rich with Abu Dhabi history and culture depicting all qualities of UAE as a proportion. Abu Dhabi is a beloved destination for its private beaches, record-breaking skyscrapers, animal reserves, mega theme parks and exclusive shopping malls, but Abu Dhabi is not just born as a city which is so developed as today.  Now it is an ideal tourist destination with activities to satisfy people of all interests. It is a miracle by human beings. Power of Emiratis proves the world that nothing is impossible by converting a desert land into a paradise. What people don’t know is that, Abu Dhabi is bursting with a colorful culture, as diverse as the soul and body. Join My Abu Dhabi Holidays as we take a trip down Abu Dhabi’s cultural lane which has been preserved for so many eras.  Understand UAE and Abu Dhabi, before you go to the great city. Bet you will love the city after reading this than before!

Let’s walk along the history of UAE

Ancient History

Abu Dhabi as a part of UAE, it is a interesting story before comes to Abu Dhabi revolution. Let’s see how UAE up ride on its feet though it is a desert land.  UAE taught a good lesson to the world through the historic evolution of the historic UAE.

  • 5500 BC (7500 years ago)

According to the archaeological findings 7500 years ago the first human settling in UAE happened in a land which has vast stretches of sand and desert.

Inhabitants before stone age – There are remnants that prove human inhabitation in UAE dating as early as the Stone Age

  • 3000-2500 BC initiated civilization

The start of oasis towns and neighborhood tombs in the Northern Emirates as the first stage of great civilization.

2000 BC Started to Camel use – domestication of camel and rise of copper trade from Hajjar Mountains.

  • 1300-300 BC (Iron Age)

In this time major inventions such as introduced irrigation system which is called “Falaj” as a basement to UAE sustainability. Not only that at that time Emirati’s began to use iron and first writing using south Arabic scripts as historically important events in UAE Legend.

  • 630 AD revelation of Islamic

arrival of envoys from Prophet Muhammad bearing the message of Islam. This is considered as a great achievement and incident which has huge Religious importance.

Modern History

These fragments of history are found in the museums and excavation sites for public view. The artifacts and the archaeological important sites largely still there in the cities of UAE.

The Father of UAE

This is another very important mentioning about a great personality which is considered as the founder of the regional development. Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is recognized as the founding father of UAE. It was under his rule that UAE flourished and has developed so much. He was known as a liberal ruler because of his religious tolerance. Many structures and landmarks are named after the late ruler, expressing the love of the people for their late king. Still every one commemorates Sheikh Zayed with a great honor. All the UAE people dept to him for his brilliant initiations.

Arabic Language

Arabic is the official language of Abu Dhabi although English is widely spoken. Arabic has become the national language because of the revelation of the Quran and the prevalence of Islam. Many of the shop boards, restaurant menus and road signs found in Abu Dhabi are written in both languages. Though Arabic is the mother language there now a day’s English language also uses as a linking language for various purposes.


The culture of Abu Dhabi is vastly influenced by the Islamic traditions. Ankle-length garments with long sleeves that resemble robes are worn by the local men. This traditional dress is known as the thobe or dishdasha. They also wear a headdress called the gutra. Females wear a long, black robe famously known as the Abaya with a headscarf known as sheyla. Tourists are expected to mind the dress code. My Abu Dhabi Holidays arranges Local dress photo shoot sessions to remember your cultural tour through Abu Dhabi and recall the feeling of being an Emirati for a day.

Emirati Food

  • Emirati food is an item which has diverse flavors that are simple and healthy. The traditional Emirati food mostly uses fish, meat and rice. The meat commonly used is mutton from sheep or goat. However, in special occasions camel meat is also served. The spice blend of ginger, cardamom, Carom seeds, black pepper, cinnamon, saffron, rose water and loomy (dried lemon) are key to creating a rich-tasting Emirati meal. Some of the popular dishes cooked in Abu Dhabi
  • Al Machboos  is a popular traditional dish of UAE is made by cooking chicken rice and so many other aromatic ingredients. This nationwide favorite is also served with vegetables and tastes divine.
  • Al Harees is an exotic tasting dish commonly served in Eid festivals, Ramadan and weddings. This dish is made by cooking meat and wheat in the same pot on slow fire for hours to obtain a medley of wonderful tastes.
  • Stuffed camel is usually served in wedding ceremonies; this dish is made by stuffing a whole camel with many ingredients. This is a wonderful tasting dish and a must try if you visit Abu Dhabi. (Guinness book of world record for largest dishes meal)
  • Usually after every meal black coffee is served known as al kahwa which is common in every Emirati household.  Apart  from that the Emirati cuisine is full of yummy salads, healthy dips and decadent desserts. Food of the Emirati cuisine is a whole other journey because of its diversity and varying shades of taste.

Places to Visit in Abu Dhabi

These are a few places you can visit to experience and view the culture and traditions of this wonderful country.

Run by the Emirates heritage club, this will transport you to the time before oil revenues changed the social and economical aspects of the country. Bedouin tents, stone houses from mountains, traditional souks and old fishing villages to recreate the lifestyle back then.

It is the oldest building in Abu Dhabi and is known as the white fort. Originally built in 1793 by the Al Nahyan Family, it is now home to an exhibition that tells the story of Abu Dhabi and its people. It is also a place of yearly celebration that brings traditions, food, poetry and customs of the past back to life.

Run by the Abu Dhabi Women’s Association, this centre is where women display merchandise like local clothing, perfumed oils, woven mats, pottery, etc. There is even a separate area for visitors to taste and try the wonderful dishes of the Emirati cuisine.

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