LOCAL CULTURE


Why do you pray 5 times a day?
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Five times a day can seem like a lot, but I will ask this in response; how many times a day do you take a little break, a re-direction, a moment of distance from the grind or wish you had one? As for Muslims, the required prayer in Islam is


What is Henna?
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You will see henna designs this month on the majority of Muslimas around Eid Al Fitr,.


Is Ramadan just feasting & famine?
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The balance between being spoiled in a big, modern city like Dubai and then the discipline, modesty and submission found in a religion can be two directions some people have trouble connecting.


How important are camels still?
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The camel, is still very precious to the Emirati, though mainly those of Bedouin heritage.


How has the rise of social media effected UAE culture?
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Let me set the scene: Water splashes just a bit outside the ghusul bowl of the Arabic coffee setting and yet another smart phone has been lost to the battle between technology and culture.


Why can men have more than one wife?
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In the Emirates, most Emirati men have just one wife, but roughly a quarter will be known for having a second wife.


Do Muslims have their own calendar?
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With the new year, most of us in the modern world are starting a new calendar; the Gregorian calendar, however, to Muslims, our new year was just a bit earlier


What's the story of 2 December?
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2 December is the National Day of the United Arab Emirates. It is the anniversary of the nation we know today being formed, uniting the seven separate sheikhdoms.


What have Emirati people lost in modern times?
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We get this question almost daily at The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.


What is life like for elderly Emirati people?
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The elderly Emirati are the heads of our households.


Insight into Islam
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Hajj is the name of the major pilgrimage in Islam, and is the last of the five basic pillars of the faith.

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