How to greet in Arabic

You’re visiting Dubai and you want to talk the talk and walk the walk. Having a little bit of Arabic under your belt is a great way to do that. You’ll especially want to know some of the key phrases when you experience the famous “Arab hospitality”. From the minute you meet someone until the [...]
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Are you a tourist or a traveller? What’s the difference you might ask? We define “Tourist” as someone that travels somewhere to tick off the must do activities. They will participate in the things to do list that is most published by the big brand guide books. A “Traveller” wants to look a bit deeper, [...]
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How to Tie the Arabic Headscarf

You’ve seen the traditional Arab headdress before. Fashioned from a rectangle scarf usually made of cotton, the ghutra, as it is known (in Arabic, it’s كوفية‎‎ kūfiyyah), is commonly worn by men in the UAE. When visiting Dubai, understand the ghutra serves many practical purposes. It protects against sunburn. Typically the color white, the ghutra [...]
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Arabic Welcome: Coffee

For travellers, weary after a long journey, a Bedouin camp was an oasis in itself. You might be surprised to know that those Bedouin nomads loved taking in almost anyone passing through their area. For Bedouins, this was more than just a “nice thing to do”; Arabic culture is based on hospitality. For generations, people [...]
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Who is welcome in Dubai?

It’s sometimes easy to forget that people once looked at the cities of the Middle East the way we look at New York, London, and Sydney today; they were multicultural, international hubs, where everyone was accepted and ideas flowed freely. During the Middle Ages, cities like Damascus, Cairo, and Baghdad were ground zero for innovation [...]
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Cultural Heritage of Dubai

People often forget about the cultural heritage of Dubai. From the world’s largest manmade island to the otherworldly Museum of the Future , Dubai is a glass-and-steel preview of the future. The city is regularly (and rightfully) celebrated for its superb planning and vision, as well as its cutting-edge modernity. But as ambitious as the [...]
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Dubai Royal Falconry Hunting

Primarily a means to supplement an otherwise meagre diet, falconry was an integral part of desert life in the Arabian Peninsula. But hunting expeditions also provided the ideal setting for tribal sheikhs to tour their area and connect with the people. The late HH Sheikh Zayed, founding father of the UAE, often spoke of the […]

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Dubai for History Buffs

The hunter and his bird must share a bond deeper than any rider and his horse. They can communicate as if by magic, using the falcon’s wings and eyes in combination with the hunter’s keen wits and endless patience. Soaring across the cloudless desert sky, the falcon sights its prey, and dives. Man and beast […]

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You don’t need to stand outside for very long under Dubai’s smoldering midday sun before you realize that Bedouins were tough people. However, the more we started asking local Bedu’s about how they survived the harsh Arabian summers, the more we realized that this toughness came with a healthy dose of intellect and a thorough […]

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