Halaf (2012) asserted that the celebration of the National Day in UAE epitomizes unity and cooperation in the modern Arab world, as concretized in the use of the family to symbolize oneness and solidarity. In addition to this, the colors of the national flag – green, red, white, and black – are shared with other Arab countries. Other cultural symbols embedded are the falcon, the camel, the Arabian horse, the pearling boat, the coffeepot, and the date palm (Halaf, 2012).In this paper, we intend to delve deeper into the culture and society of the UAE by looking at various facets that define the country such as history, economy, lifestyle, and societal and familial norms. Through this study, we aim to understand the country from multi-layered perspectives.It is claimed that before the establishment of the oil economy in the early 1960s, there were two main orientations that had shaped Emirati culture: first, the nomadic desert-oriented Bedouins who focused on small oasis farming. and second, the sea-oriented locals who popularized pearling and sea trading. Both subcultures have helped in the formation of the country’s cultural identity as people know it today.As UAE Interact (n.d.) highlighted, the migration of Arab tribes to the UAE has shaped the type of farming that is unique only to the country. Some of the major tribes that roamed the sandy areas were Bani Yas, Awamir, and Manasir. Families from these tribes usually returned to a home in one of the oasis settlements at certain times of the year. Such homes, as further noted by UAE Interact (n.d.), had date gardens which were cultivated in the hollows of huge dunes which usually tap the water beneath the absorbent sands. In places such as AI Ain and other oases, luxuriant date gardens are used wherein an efficient traditional irrigation system in which the water from aquifers in the mountains.
United Arab Emirates Culture and Society