Living in Dubai

The Influx of Migrant Workers in Dubai and Emirati Culture

The Emirati population is a wealthy class mostly. Dubai has massive under construction projects. So, it depends on a large migrants unskilled labour force.

Dubai is the largest city of the United Arab Emirates, the union of seven Emirates includes Dubai Emirate. In other words, Dubai was a city-state before its union with other six Emirates. Arabic is the official language of all these Emirates, but English is also widely used for businesses. Dubai has an influx of foreign workers and residents, the majority of immigrants are from the Indian subcontinent. They speak Hindi, Urdu, and English in some cases. Due to the impact of the influx of migrant workers, the language they speak is also widely spoken in Dubai.

The English language is an also tool to communicate with the diverse population residing or visiting Dubai.

Dubai has around 2 million population, and it continues to rise. The citizens – means UAE nationals – are minority community in Dubai and all other six emirates of UAE. The majority of people are migrants from all over the world. The majority of migrants are from the Indian subcontinent – mostly from India.

The old City of Dubai. IMAGE CREDIT: Mathias Apitz (München)

The Emirati population is a wealthy class mostly. The expatriate community includes upper-middle-class, a large middle class, and a labourer class which is wide. Dubai has massive under-construction projects. So, it depends on an abundant migrant’s unskilled labour force. Thus, labourer class is widespread in Dubai.

Also, there is a gap of gender between Dubai and UAE population; there are more male than female. It is not because of productivity problem rather it is because of migrants workforce. Where women and families are spending their time, they don’t have to worry about overpopulation of male. They’re discouraged from frequenting such areas.

Religion and Culture of Dubai

Islam is deeply rooted in the fabric of Dubai societies as Islam is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai has mosques at every corner of the City, the most of the mosques are for worshippers. But, Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai is for all visitors regardless of their faiths. If the visitor is seeking to learn the introduction to Islamic practices, you’ve to pay 10 Dirhams for the brief introduction. There are many activities also available.

Islam has obligated to both men and women to cover themselves modestly. Emiratis people are feeling proud of their national attires; Emiratis are both males and females. You could see at some places the sign at the entrance to dress modestly, also the instructive signs to dress modestly in some organisations if you’re working there. But, there is no requirement to wear hijab or abaya for foreign women where signs are restricting. Hijab is the traditional headscarf covering your hair and neck. Abaya is the full-length coat which includes the Hijab- mostly worn by the Arab women is the black one.

Signs to dress modestly means; you should avoid revealing clothes include backless outfit and exposing the midriff, transparent outfit that reveals your naked body, wearing short shorts, and wearing very tight cloth that shows your body structure. If you want to respect the Emirati people, you’ve to wear dress modestly especially if you’re a woman. Also, the air-conditioning inside the malls or other places could make you quite cold. Therefore, the moral dressing will benefit you in term of respecting Emirati people and save yourselves from cooling temperature. Some people prefer to carry a shawl to wrap around them inside the mall; this is a sensible precaution as there will be cooling temperature.

Infrastructure in Dubai

The city of Dubai is on the shore of the Persian Gulf. Historically, pearl diving and fishing along with being a regional trading hub were important to the Dubai economy. Now, Dubai city is transforming into an International city with a rapid rise in infrastructure at world-beating level. The city has been extended so widely within the Dubai Emirate as it grows rapidly.

Decades ago, Dubai had begun massive construction projects in an attempt to competent Dubai with other global cities like London, Singapore, etc. Many construction projects in Dubai are for attracting tourists from all over the world. And, the city is very fortunate in its tourism attempt.

Dubai has various record-breaking ambitious buildings. That include; Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest tower), The Dubai Fountain (World’s largest fountain), Dubai (World’s largest mall), JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (World’s tallest hotel), and other projects that are either proposed or under construction.

Highways that are connecting Dubai to other Emirates are called Emirates Routes, in short form they’re called E-routes. The network of roads which is connecting the localities within Dubai are D-Routes.

Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the longest E-Routes: E-11; goes to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, it connects every emirate except Fujairah since it is the longest route. The Sheikh Zayed Road is the central district of most of Dubai’s skyscrapers. It also links to numbers of Dubai’s developments such as the Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Emirates Hills, Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, etc. Dubai Metro is also running alongside the Sheikh Zayed road.

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Arif Mohammad

Independent Blogger, ECommerce Webmaster & Social Media Marketer. Mudawwana UK Director. Previously in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi & Riyadh.

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