Uae Society & Culture

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UAE Society & Culture The United Arab Emirates is home to a rich cultural heritage that has been strongly influenced by its unique environment. The region's varied terrain, desert, oasis, mountains and coast, dictated the traditional lifestyles that evolved over the centuries. A resilience and resourcefulness necessary to survive in these harsh conditions was fostered by society’s age-old tribal structure: each family was traditionally bound by obligations of mutual assistance to his immediate relatives and to the tribe as a whole. Among the tribe an individual's selfless hospitality was the source of his honour and pride. A common religion, Islam, also provided the cement that held society together. The UAE’s rich history is rooted…show more content…
The UAE has undergone an extraordinary metamorphosis in the few short years since the state was established. Today Emiratis of all ages have access to all the benefits of a modern, developed society. But there is also an awareness that the history, culture, values and traditions of past generations are the foundations on which the modern state is built. Both government and people are determined that their heritage will be preserved, in line with the late Sheikh Zayed's belief that 'a people that knows not its past can have neither a present nor a future'. Local museums and traditional heritage centres throughout the emirates help to introduce this heritage to younger generations and to visitors to the country. At the same time, the UAE, capitalising on its strategic geographical position between East and West and its open, tolerant perspective, is establishing a wide range of new museums and creative centres, many of which are universal in nature. In addition to encouraging creativity in the community, these new museums help to bridge cultures and advance dialogue between civilisations. The UAE’s history stretches back tens of thousands of years, with cultural objects and art that start with tools from the Early Stone Age. Calligraphy is a traditional art, transforming Arabic words into works of art. Today, artists explore what the modern UAE means to them. Other aspects of the UAE’s heritage and culture can be experienced in museums and heritage centres,
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