Dubai has a rich culture and fascinating past. The United Arab Emirates was only formed in 1971 and since then, there has been rapid transformation. Dubai which was once a small fishing village surrounded by desert is now a thriving cosmopolitan city. It is situated on the coastline and surrounded by the Rub al Khali desert which forms part of the Arabian Desert – the largest sand desert in the world. These vast lands were traversed for centuries by the Emirati ancestors and Dubai’s earliest inhabitants, the Bedouin.
In this section, the cultural legacy of the Bedouin is revealed. Learn about Dubai’s strong traditions, heritage and scratch the surface of Dubai’s glitzy façade to discover more about Bedouin culture in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai’s Hidden Handicrafts
Despite a lack of resources, Bedouin tribes made a variety of crafts such as talli, sadu, and pottery.Read More
Henna for Medicinal Uses
In Bedouin culture, henna was used for a variety of medicinal purposes.Read More
The Dubai Bedouin
Dubai is part of the Empty Quarter which forms part of the larger Arabian desert.The nomadic Bedouin traversed this desert for centuries.Read More
A Traditional Arabic Welcoming
Bedouin culture is traditionally hospitable and generous. A traditional Arabic welcoming in Dubai is with rose water, Arabic coffee and dates.Read More
Bedouin Falconry in Dubai
The ancient art of falconry in Dubai is deeply rooted in Bedouin culture. Discover why falcons are the national emblem and so important in the UAE.Read More
Henna for Bedouin Celebrations
Henna was traditionally worn by Bedouin brides at their weddings for luck. This ancient body art is still important in modern day Dubai and Emirati culture.Read More
The Dubai Bedouin
Dubai is part of the Empty Quarter which forms part of the larger Arabian desert.The nomadic Bedouin traversed this desert for centuries.
Dubai’s Cultural Etiquette & Custo...
This helpful guide will teach you everything you need to know about the cultural etiquette and customs in Dubai. It i...