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Culture combines the social structures, cultural traditions, and socioeconomic status of a particular racial, religious, or ethnic community.
Compared to some of the earlier settlers of Abu Dhabi, today's residents enjoy living in a modern, sophisticated environment.
With many mosques scattered throughout the city amongst modern architecture, the Emirate's culture has its roots in the Islamic traditions of Arabia.
Muslim citizens make up the vast majority of the country's population. However, visitors and locals are free to follow whatever religion they feel is right for them. For example, Abu Dhabi is home to Christian churches, Hindu temples, and many excellent mosques, including The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an architectural marvel open to people of all faiths.
In any case, anything perceived as spreading negativity of other faiths is illegal. Similarly, criticizing Islam is one of the most offensive things a person can do in the country.
Known as the cultural heart of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi boasts a rich heritage. In terms of UAE culture, desert safaris, Dabke, Al Ayyala (traditional cultural performance) and Arabic poetry are some of the highlights.
Throughout history, Arabs have held a reputation as some of the best poets in the world. Calligraphy is also an art form that is widely available to anyone willing to learn it.
As part of the UAE’s culture and traditions, all of this forms a portion of its rich heritage. In addition, Abu Dhabi’s culture and practices owe much to its people and even the fauna living here, including camels, horses, and falcons.