United Arab Emirates
South West Asia In the Arab Peninsula
Migration The earliest known human habitation in the UAE dated from 5500 BC. Before 1971, the UAE was known as the Trucial States. Termed emirates because they are ruled by emirs (princes), they are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi. Ottoman rule: During the 16th century, portions of the nation came under the direct influence of the Ottoman Empire. Thereafter the region was known to the British as the "Pirate Coast", as raiders based there harassed the shipping industry despite both European and Arab navies patrolling the area from the 17th century into the 19th. Culture
| The United Arab Emirates has a diverse and multicultural society. The country's cultural imprint as a small, ethnically homogenous pearling community was changed with the arrival of other ethnic groups and nationals—first by the Iranians in the early 1900s, and later by Indians and Pakistanis in the 1960s. Emirati culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab, and Bedouin culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on the region's architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle are very prominent as well.
* Food: The traditional food of the Emirates has always been rice, fish, and meat. The people of the United Arab Emirates have adopted most of their foods from the surrounding countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. Muslims are prohibited from eating pork, so it is not included in local menus. Alcohol is generally only served in hotel restaurants and bars. * Music: The United Arab Emirates is a part of the Khaliji tradition, and is also known for Bedouin folk music. The United Arab Emirates is a part of the Khaliji tradition, and is also known for Bedouin folk music. * Architecture: To...
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