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Camels are synonymous with deserts; picture a desert and you also imagine a caravan of camels plodding across it. Without the camel for transport, food and shelter the nomadic people of the desert would have had great difficulty surviving. In the UAE, camels are no longer essential beasts of burden but are valued more as thoroughbred racing animals and reminders of the past. Camels are status symbols, used for transport and carrying heavy loads; they provide milk and meat, and racing camels are beloved animals while also being investments.
The Emirati dress reflects the climate of the country as well as Arab and Islamic customs. Emirati men usually wear the dishdasha or kandura, while the women mostly wear the abaya. Although you can buy these garments locally, it is best not to wear them in Dubai – if nothing else, you will be expected to speak Arabic if you do.
Poetry plays an important part in the Arab world, with a much higher profile that in the West. It is an important expression of their creativity.