It’s our first time we have been at Dubai Fashion Forward. What a spectacular show and to date it’s the most impressive show we have been too. Dubai as we all know is a place of money, power, business and prestige. What are Dubai’s culture and people all about?

Local culture and traditions in Dubai are almost the same as that of other states of the UAE. Islam is the prime religion here and its predominance can be evidently seen in the cultures and traditions of Dubai. But it does not mean that Dubai’s society is closed. Dubai has successfully blended modernism with its traditions.

Dubai Family Culture

Dubai’s culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Islam is more than just a religion, it is a way of life that governs even the smallest of everyday events, from what to wear to what to eat and drink. Arabic culture in poetry, dancing, songs and traditional art is encouraged and weddings and celebrations are colourful occasions of feasting and music.

The family is the most important institution in Arab society encompassing grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc as well as the immediate nuclear family unit. Relationships within these extended families are strong and respect is accorded to the elder members.

Marriages are arranged between families, although the bride and bridegroom naturally have to agree to the liaison. Wedding celebrations are major occasions lasting for several days. They involve feasting, music and dancing. Women are respected in Islamic society, taking their place at the heart of the family. Women also have equal educational opportunities and increasingly work outside the home.

Dubai Fashion Week 2014  No Longer Exists

Fashion Forward is not a fashion week but a definitive fashion platform for the fashion industry in the Middle East.  From identifying and fostering emerging talents to recognizing more established design houses, while furthering fashion debate, education and industry momentum. You may not be aware but there was a Dubai Fashion Week that is no longer exist now.

Dress Code Rules

But as in many other countries, they have their own ways of doing things which need to be respected. It’s important that you understand their dress code. Emirati dress conservatively in traditional dress and can be offended when people dress inappropriately or not in accordance with Islamic values.

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