Dubai is an Arabic and Muslim city that attracts a large number of visitors every year for tourism, shopping, or business. Such a city is deeply affected by its religion; so the foreign visitors should be acquainted with the norms and customs of the Islamic and Arabic nature to be able to deal with the locals in the right way.
The locals of Dubai are extremely generous and hospitable with the newcomers, but the visitors should respect their culture and traditions. The first notable feature in Dubai is the mosques and the adan that calls for prayer five times a day. At the public places, the Emirati women wear headscarves or even face veil and the men wear loose clothes such as the abaya” a long black robe” and dishdashas. The visitors and even some Emirati locals may wear beach clothes around the swimming pools or at the beaches.
As many Arab countries, the holiday in Dubai is the Friday; so, most of the governmental and private entities are closed. However, the shopping malls and restaurants in Dubai open after the sermon of Friday Prayer. The Holy Month of Ramadan is a great way for the tourists to see the spiritual traditions of Muslims in Dubai. The families break their fast at the sunset together in festival atmospheres every day praying for Allah to forgive them and bless their children. However, the non-Muslims are not permitted to eat in public at the daylight, and they can eat whatever they need at their homes, hotels and in some shopping malls.
If you are a foreign visitor and are invited to share a local family their lunch, you will see the Arabic generosity by your own eyes. The food and tea will be prepared before your arrival and you will find a lot of delicious dishes. However, you should respect the women of the house and take care that most of them will not shake their hands with men and vice versa. Try to eat like the locals with a spoon or even with your bare right hand to enjoy the original flavor of the food.