Sundaystill – HGL People
Above is a very absorbing and admiring shot I managed to take at a cream residential area inside Abu dhabi City. Where else you can witness a group of old men sit and chat together skipped from those ‘busy but retired life?’. I think they’v done their part to built up the strong back bone of a nation and passed the turn to their youngsters and enjoying their time peacefully.
The United Arab Emirates is a federation situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia and sharing sea borders with Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran. Termed emirates because they are ruled by emirs, they are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi, which is also the country’s center of political, industrial and cultural activities
UAE’s culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. The culture and heritage of the UAE is tied to its religion.
The UAE people and the great nation are tolerant and welcoming; foreigners are free to practice their own religion, alcohol is served in hotels and the dress code is liberal. Women face little discrimination and are able to drive and walk around unescorted. Among the most highly prized virtues are courtesy and hospitality, and visitors are sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people here.
To Arabs the family unit is very important, and elders are respected for their experience and ability to give advice. It is very much a male-dominated society, but women often hold all the power within the home, responsible for the welfare of large extended families. Many generations will live together in the same house.
The rapid economic development over the last 30 years has changed life in the Emirates beyond recognition. However, the country’s rulers are committed to safeguarding their heritage against erosion caused by the speed of development and increased access to outside cultures and material goods. They are therefore keen to promote cultural and sporting events that are representative of their traditions, such as falconry, camel racing and traditional dhow sailing. Arabic culture in poetry, dancing, songs and traditional art is encouraged, and weddings and celebrations are still colourful occasions of feasting and music.
Speaking a little more about this great nation; Its oil reserves are ranked as the world’s sixth-largest and the UAE possesses one of the most-developed economies in West Asia. It is the thirty-fifth-largest economy at market exchange rates, and has a high per capita gross domestic product (GDP), with a nominal per capita GDP of US$47,407 as per the International Monetary Fund (IMF) It is 15th in purchasing power per capita and has a relatively high Human Development Index for the Asian continent, ranking thirty-second globally. The UAE is classified as a high-income developing economy by the IMF.