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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.

Galleries

The Third Line

The Third Line

The Third Line is a Dubai-based art gallery dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern art. It has played a significant role in reviving the local art scene in Dubai and in raising Middle Eastern art's prestige overseas. Local, regional and international artists are offered a platform...

Green Art Gallery

Representing the diverse generational mix of artists, Green Art Gallery focusses on photographers, sculptors, and painters, who vary from established recognized artists to young and upcoming international practitioners...

Festivals

Dubai Marathon

Dubai Marathon is a charitable funding event which allows one to take part for a small fee with the chance of winning a hefty cash prize. There are three types of races enabling the event to attract a wider scope of entries: the 'fun run' which is only a 3km run...

UAE (Abu Dhabi) Desert Challenge

his rally is a part of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and is the last race that starts off in Abu-Dhabi and finishes in Dubai. The duration of the rally lasts for five days and is very popular with fans of fast cars and bikes....

Museums

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum is a stunning architectural marvel that records the dizzying rise of Dubai from a humble Bedouin village to an enviable Arab capital. It is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, an 18th-century fort and the oldest surviving structure in the emirate...

Hatta Heritage Village

The Hatta Heritage Village located in the heart of the rocky Hatta Mountains first opened to the public in 1997 to showcase the traditional mountain life, customs and heritage of the Emirate people prior to development...

Exhibitions

Dubai World Trade Centre

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) built by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, invites prestigious global enterprises and multinational companies around the world to host many kinds of events from trade shows to exhibitions to music concerts...

Madinat Jumeirah

Designed to resemble a traditional Arabian citadel, Madinat Jumeirah is Dubai's leading event venue for meetings and conferences. Luxurious and opulent, few venues in the region can compete with the unrivalled quality of service and support proffered by Madinat Jumeirah...

Recommended Activities

4x4 Dubai Desert Safari

Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

Hot Air Balloon Flight

Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

Dubai Seaplane Flight

Duration: 40 mins (approx.)

Dubai Sandboarding

Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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