South Asians accounted for 50% of the total population at last estimate. Emirates constituted 19%, while other Arabs and Iranians made up 23%. Other expatriates, including Westerners and East Asians, totaled 8%. Jordanians, Palestinians, Egyptians, Iraqis, and Bahrainis are employed throughout the bureaucracy, including the educational system.<br /> Ethnic Groups<br />
The United Arab Emirates dirham ( UD ), introduced as the currency in May 1973, is divided into 100 fils. There are coins of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 fils and 1 and 5 dirham and notes of 5, 10, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1,000 dirhams. <br />UD 1 = $0.27337 (or $1 = UD 3.658)<br /> Monetary Unit<br />
<ul><li>Alcohol legalization in the country has taken place, but must be consumed in private licensed areas only such as clubs, bars and hotels
Being caught drinking outside these areas will result in fines, prison sentences and deportation depending on severity and/or frequency.</li></ul> Alcohol<br />
The Significance of Ramadan<br /><ul><li> Month in which the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam) was revealed.
Special month of: Fasting, Repentance, Increased prayer, Increased charity.
Ends with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr: Day of celebration and gratitude. </li></ul> Ramadan<br />
Westerner must be aware of severe consequences of disrespecting principles of holy month of Ramadan<br />9th month of Islamic calendar, August<br /><ul><li>No eating from dusk till dawn
Not doing anything in excess</li></ul> Ramadan<br />
<ul><li>In any form of greeting and upon entering a room it is absolutely crucial for one to say “Al Salamu Alaikum” (meaning “Peace Be Upon You”) to show respect.
Between people of the same gender, kissing on the cheek or nose is a greeting that exemplifies respect or affection.
Holding hands or linking arms is a sign of a close bond among people of the same gender.</li></ul>Greetings Between People<br />
In public places, people are expected to conform with UAE culture and tradition.<br /> Social Etiquette<br />Disregarding the law can be punishable by deportation or prison sentences.<br />
<ul><li> When dining with someone socially or in business terms, it is considered unorthodox to split the bill.
As the left hand is considered unclean, always use your right hand for eating, drinking and shaking hands.
Unless you are a woman, avoid casual conversation with female Emirati Nationals; the same goes for shaking hands unless she extends hers first. </li></ul> Social Etiquette<br />
<ul><li> Businessmen may dress formally in suits, yet when temperatures rise to 110 degrees Fahrenheit some may choose to wear a Kandora which is a light, loose-fitting robe reaching to the ankles.</li></ul> Clothing<br /><ul><li> Business women may wear suits, dresses, or sleeved blouses with skirts. To avoid wearing anything too revealing, women wear long sleeves and skirts to exemplify respect toward the Muslim culture.</li></li></ul><li>Although Arabic is the country’s native language, English is the most widely spoken language by the majority of the people and is even used on traffic signs<br />Approx 20% of the population are UAE nationals.<br />Influences from all over the world have reshaped the UAE culture making it possible for new businesses and industries to develop today. <br /> Diversity<br />
The large nightlife industry of Dubai gives businessmen an idea of where the country is heading in the future (all alcohol beverages contain a 30% additional tax).<br />Since UAE has become so diverse, the country’s culture and religious roots are expected to become completely wiped out within 50 years or so.<br /> Diversity<br />