Bedouin Culture

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.