Uae Cultural Analysis Essay

7733 Words Feb 23rd, 2007 31 Pages
United Arab Emirates

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Cultural Analysis Executive Summary United Arab Emirates is a country that is built of several different emirates located on the peninsula of the Persian Gulf. The country was occupied by Great Britain up until 1971. After the removal of the British government the seven Sheikdoms became independent and formed the UAE. The country has a typically desert climate with ocean access on both sides of the country. Located in the Middle East the United Arab Emirates is a predominately Islamic society. Muslims account for 96% percent of their population. Unlike traditional Islamic countries the United Arab Emirates prides itself on being understanding to different cultures and beliefs.
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The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 48° C on the coastal plain. In the Al Hajar al Gharbi Mountains, temperatures are considerably cooler, a result of increased altitude. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10° C and 14° C. During the late summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as the sharqi makes the coastal region especially unpleasant. The average annual rainfall in the coastal area is fewer than 120 millimeters, but in some mountainous areas annual rainfall often reaches 350 millimeters. Rain in the coastal region falls in short, sporadic bursts during the summer months, sometimes causing floods in normally dry wadi beds. The region is prone to occasional, violent dust storms, which can severely reduce visibility.
c) TOPOGRAPHY
The south and west parts of the country, are mainly built of sand dunes and salt flats. The country does have the occasional desert oases as well. In the northern part of the country there is the Hajar Mountain range, which goes to a height of 3000 meters. The east coast is where the fertile plain is, with an abundance of rain fall.

3) SOCIAL INSTITUTION
a) FAMILY
i) THE NUCLEAR FAMILY
Nuclear families consist of almost 80% of the U.A.E.'s households. ii) THE EXTENDED FAMILY
Traditionally the extended family was extremely important, but the nuclear families in recent years have become more of a norm and extended families have lost there

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