Tourists will sometimes pass judgement on what they perceive to be the lack of culture in the ­Arabian Gulf because they can’t see buildings that are more than 100 years old. The etymology derives from the island of the same name which lies adjacent to Abu Dhabi. They are really modern, but they have an element of Arab heritage in their designs.”, The 18 year old supports the culture’s development, pointing out that a balance between modern life and traditions is key to keeping ones identity. Nothing smacks of arrogance or condescension more than measuring culture using one’s own culture as the gauge. AAhmad Bin Al Shaikh, 24, believes that hospitality, reputation, family, maintaining close relationships with the Emirati community and having mothers or sisters choose a wife are among the traditions and values his family encourages. Although he said he is deeply connected with his culture, Al Qazmi admits that modern values have been positively integrated with his traditions. Putting family first and maintaining his father’s reputation by leading by his example when in public is also an important value. “Accepting other cultural beliefs and dress as well as being open to non-segregated environments are among the modern values that Emiratis are becoming increasingly okay with.”. Of course, English is important because it’s a lingua franca and we need it to communicate with people from other cultures in university and work, but the Arabic language is getting affected and I don’t want to see it die.”. She listed values such as respecting the elderly, visiting and spending time with family, and preserving the language and dress code of the culture as some of the core principles in which she was raised. While standing by his traditional values, the soon-to-be university graduate, explained that cultures and certain values must develop and improve. Villages of Bedouins, divers and fishermen have now evolved to form a modern, multicultural society with a population of over 9 million. Preserving his identity by speaking Arabic, for example, has become increasingly difficult as English is the language he has used since he was in university and at his workplace where he mostly deals with expatriates. Gulf News talked to eight young Emirati men and women who expressed their views on the subject. She pointed out that a growing number of Emirati women are seen without the abaya and scarf, and are dressing in a more western style of fashion in public. I was raised with them so I don’t even notice when I am implementing them. The real issue is the concept of modesty for both males and females, and that is definitely a value in our culture,” he said. Saeed Al Hajari, 24, said it is more difficult to keep up with some of the traditional values he was raised with as he got older and busier. “Before, interacting or mixing with men wasn’t allowed in our culture, but now it is if you’re dressed modestly — in your abaya and scarf.”. It’s loved by both locals and expats alike. This website stores cookies on your computer. Overall, Deema believes that while there has been a western influence on Emirati youth, the young men and women in the UAE have managed to maintain a balance between their cultural identity and the values of a world that is experiencing globalisation. “My father insists that a huge table of food and refreshments are available to him.”. Both on your website and other media. Utah monolith found: first visitors share images on social media, These are the 10 highest-paid actresses in the world according to 'Forbes', Ask Ali: Why pork is forbidden for Muslims, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds announce daughter's name in Taylor Swift song.