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The culture of Dubai is ingrained in Islam, but increasing globalisation and immigration of various nationalities have transformed the emirate into a melting pot of diverse sensibilities.
However, the influence of traditional Arab culture is prominently seen on its museums, festivals, belly dance and attire. Generosity and hospitality are the most highly prized virtues of in the Arab world, and tourists are welcomed with utmost affection and friendliness. Since 2006, the weekend in Dubai has been shifted to Friday - Saturday, as a token of respect for Friday's holiness to Muslims and Western weekend of Saturday and Sunday. Although Dubai's Arab society is open to all cultures, it is important for tourists to respect the Muslim traditions.