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The UAE is a cosmopolitan country with its culture firmly rooted in Islamic customs.

Islam is the official religion of the UAE and plays a big part in how Emiratis live their everyday life. The government follows a policy of tolerance toward foreigners and allows them to practice their own religion. By the same token, non-Muslims are expected to respect the religious customs of the country.

Dress

Although many women wear the traditional hijab or abaya, expats aren't expected to follow this custom. But it's still important to dress modestly and cover your shoulders and legs when you're out in public.

Ramadan

Ramadan is the holiest time of the year in the Islamic calendar - and you should avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public or in front of Muslim friends and colleagues during fasting hours. At sunset, expats are encouraged to join in the breaking of the fast. Many companies operate on reduced hours and provide special rooms where non-Muslim employees can eat during the holy month.



How does the UAE compare with other countries?

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