The culture of local people and their national traditions, which have been developing over the centuries in Dubai, do not cease to amaze visitors with their beauty and originality. Virtually every area of life has its own unique customs, following which is considered a duty for local residents. During a walk through the streets of the city you can see people dressed in beautiful national costumes. In Dubai many people wear it not only on holidays, but also in their everyday life.
Men wear long dresses made of light airy Kondura cotton and women - elegant dresses with long sleeves embroidered with gold and beads. Various head scarves are a mandatory attribute of the national dress. Women also wear special types of veil that cover their faces. These outfits are the result of not only religious differences, but also the desire to adapt to the local climate. Light cotton clothing is a good protection against heat.
The locals are very hospitable. In order not to hurt them, tourists should consider a few rules of behavior. In no case should travellers refuse an invitation to pay a visit to a house of a local inhabitant. Traditionally, guests are welcomed with a cup of coffee with cardamom. Drinking of not one, but two or three cups is considered a sign of good taste. Do not forget to thank hosts for their hospitality. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The locals are also distinguished by peculiar attitude to sport. They are very reckless and never miss an opportunity to become members of various exciting competitions. However, popular sports in Dubai are completely different comparing to European countries. Camel and horse races, cockfights and other unforgettable events attract not only local residents, but also travelers. The locals are particularly fond of horses. Horse riding has always been one of the most spectacular and beloved types of sport. Every year Dubai hosts Horse Racing World Cup. The event is considered the most prestigious one in its filed. For many centuries many local families have been involved in the derivation of special breeds of horses. They share their experience with their descendants from generation to generation.
The local folklore also deserves special attention as the local music and dancing traditions are no less beautiful and original. All national holidays simply cannot be imagined without performances of music groups. As a rule, these are very exciting performances that are more reminiscent of a beautiful theater.
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Indifferent attitude of the locals to jewelry has always remained one of main features of the locals. Tourists can see diversity of the local jewelry in any local market. Although the locally produced gold is often not distinguished by high fineness, we simply cannot fail to pay tribute to local jewelers as they create true pieces of art from gold and silver.
The City of the Future (that is an informal name of Dubai due to its ultramodern and futuristic look) continuously pleases its guests with interesting festivals. Dubai Jazz Festival, which takes place in the middle of February, is definitely one of them. It is considered one of the oldest celebrations in the Middle East, and that is one of the reasons why many international celebrities want to perform at this event. As a rule, roughly 35,000 visitors attend this festival every year. Every visitor will easily find a music style to fit their taste as such genres as jazz, blues, rock, funk, and soul are represented at Dubai Jazz Festival. The event usually takes place at Dubai Media City Amphitheater.
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Art Dubai is an international trade fair that takes place in the city in the middle of March. It is a true magnet for all fans of art that invites them to become a part of the city’s cultural life. This is the time when Dubai becomes the international art capital. Numerous connoisseurs, as well as young talents, arrive from all parts of the world. Located at Madinat Jumeirah, this festival brings together all forms of art, including paintings, installations, performances, and sculptures. Artists from all over the world come to Dubai to represent their works. The festival is conventionally divided into three large sections, namely, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Every year, one country is chosen as the main one, and special attention is granted to artists from that country.
The Middle East Film & Comic Con or simply MEFCC is one more interesting event in the City of the Future. This exhibition, which starts at the beginning of April, is a true gift for all fans of anime and cosplay. The festival takes place in the Dubai World Trade Centre or DWTC, which is the venue’s short name. Without a doubt, that is the largest event of this kind in the whole region. At The Middle East Film & Comic Con, everyone can dress as their favorite character (or villain) and try to win in a costume contest. Besides the main program, visitors of the festival can play various video games and board games, participate in sports competitions or attend meet-and-greets with actors and directors. Master classes and film screenings have also become an essential part of the festival. Organizers also do not forget about kids – there is a special playground for them.
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In order to learn more about the unusual culture of Bedouins, which has in many ways shaped the culture of the Middle East, consider attending Al-Marmoom Heritage Festival that takes place at the beginning of April in Dubai Camel Racing Club. This unusual festival lasts ten days. The schedule features Arabian camel racing, SUV rides, music performances, dancing shows, and traditional crafts of Bedouins. There are also interesting master classes on the subject. Al-Marmoom Heritage Festival is the largest festival of this kind in the country.
Dubai is sometimes referred to as the Phenomenon City, and numerous colorful events that regularly take place there are one of the reasons for such a nickname. Dubai International Boat Show is one of these events. It usually starts at the end of February. During this festival, guests of the city and locals have an opportunity to visit an incredibly beautiful and luxurious exhibition that features more than 400 yachts. There are watercraft for any taste – enormously expensive ships and traditional yachts. The exhibition of crisp white watercraft takes place at Dubai International Marine Club. Visitors can look at glorious ships and learn more about yachting, purchase equipment for different water-based sports, and participate in interesting contests.
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The City of the Future is widely famous as one of the main economic centers in the UAE. Therefore, there is nothing strange in the fact that the city has become home to the Dubai Shopping Festival. This event lasts a whole month, starting at the end of December and ending at the end of the next month. During the festival, virtually every small shop and large shopping mall has the highest discounts of the year and special promotions on different types of goods. It is impossible to imagine Dubai Shopping Festival without a rich entertainment program that includes music concerts, theatrical performances, fashion shows, street shows, art installations, and sports competitions. Global Village is one of the main venues of the festival. It is important to mention that the famous fair trade center regularly hosts all kinds of interesting festivals and shows, so, having visited Dubai at a certain time of the year, don’t forget to check the list of forthcoming events in Global Village.