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Top 10 Dubai by Sarah Monaghan, Lara Dunston

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Things to be Aware of

1. Languages

Arabic is the official language, although English is widely spoken. As 80% of the population are foreign, you’ll hear scores of languages on the street. Signage is generally in both Arabic and English.

2. Islam

The UAE is an Islamic state following a tolerant version of Sharia Law, with both Sharia and civil law courts. UAE Muslims adhere to the conduct of Islam, praying five times a day, donating to charity, fasting and doing the pilgrimage to Mecca.

3. Call-to-prayer

If you stay in Deira, Bur Dubai or the Al Fahidi area in particular, you’ll hear the beautiful sound of the call-to-prayer echoing through the streets five times a day. Broadcast from the minarets of mosques, the call-to-prayer beckons Muslims to ...

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