Manifestations of heritage in the Emirates

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The concept of heritage refers to the sum total of customs, traditions, lifestyles, content of folk tales, in addition to crafts, industries, arts, games, songs, and proverbs left by previous generations, along with traditional dress, architecture and many others, and each country has its own heritage. What is different from the other country, despite the similarity of many countries in some aspects of heritage, and in this article we have chosen for you to talk about aspects of heritage in the United Arab Emirates.

Some aspects of heritage in the Emirates

Manifestations of guest reception

  • Admission to shaking hands, and if the guest is dear to the person, it is recognized by touching the nose, and this habit is limited to men and not women.
  • The perfume of the house or guest room smells of incense, and many famous Emirati hotels have adopted these customs, to receive guests and tourists.
  • Offering Emirati dates and coffee in Al-Dallah.

Heritage appearances in dress

Men’s dress

The traditional costume of the Emirati man is often characterized by light fabrics and light colors. This dress includes: Iqal, Ghutra, Sufra, Shawl, and the headband. Below we talk about most of them in some detail:

  • Headband: It is often made of wool or lint, and is placed around the head, while the limbs hang by some nodes on the left shoulder, and the rinse headband is considered the most distinctive, and is worn by the ruling and wealthy members of the state.
  • Ghutra or (Hatta in other countries): It is placed on the head and above the headband, often in white.
  • Kandora: It is a body garment, which is worn by all men in the Emirates, and it is a large garment, with three pockets, and its fabric is light in summer, while in winter it is made in a manner that is appropriate to the low temperatures.
  • Bisht or cloak: It is the most expensive and most beautiful traditional costume for men, and is sewn by hand, and is often worn during formal ceremonies and weddings.

Women’s clothes

They are usually ornate, and differ in the fabrics used. The Emirati woman’s costume consists of a shayla or headdress, a kandora, an abaya, pants, and a burqa. Below we explain some details of most of them:

  • Sheila: It is a head scarf, its fabric is light and woven with golden or silver threads.
  • Kandora or dishdasha: It may be free from embroidery or embroidered.
  • the dress: It is worn over the kandora, and it is transparent, so that the kandora can be seen from under it.
  • Abaya: It is made of black silk, wool, or Suwaiya. The unmarried Emirati wears a cloak that differs from that which she wears after marriage and is called (Suweya).
  • Burqa: It is covered with eyebrows, the nose and mouth, and is available in red color that is acquired by women from wealthy families. Yellow burqa and green burqa are common in the public.

Yolla Traditional Dance

The Yolla dance is one of the most prominent and important Emirati folk arts, in which a man or boys carry a weapon or a sword, to dance in the Emirati way, and the practice of Yolla is not limited to weddings and events, but there are annual festivals and competitions for this dance, and the person who performs it is called And the most important rules of the Yolla dance is to move the weapon quickly in a circular way, then the weapon is thrown high in the air for a specified distance, then Yoelail prepares to hold the weapon, according to the position of lean on one knee.


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