Working and Living in the Middle East
The Middle Eastern Lifestyle
- Working and Living in the Middle East can be quite a rewarding experience. There is a lot to do in the Middle East. The year-round sun makes the great outdoors always accessible. Recreational activities include: golf, horse riding, desert hiking, camping, driving, sand-duning, rock-climbing, diving; shopping festivals; boat cruises; desert safaris; horse/camel racing; golf; sand-boarding; etc
- Islam is the official religion of the Middle East and the official language is Arabicof. The culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam, traditional Arab, and Bedouin. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture in particular has a prominent influence on the architecture, music, attire, cuisine, and lifestyle. Religion plays an important part in life and Muslims are called to prayer five times a day. The Middle East is tolerant of other religions. Residents who profess a different faith are allowed to perform their religious duties such as attending worship services or mass in churches or chapels. The government, however, disallows overt religious activities that may interfere with Islam such as handing out evangelical leaflets near a mosque or in other designated public places.
- Supermarkets provide all sorts of food which you are accustomed to buying at home and are plentiful and due to the large number of different nationalities, the choices are endless. The markets offer fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and spices.
- Eating out is great with excellent quality restaurants of every nationality. Arabic, Lebanese and Indian restaurants are plentiful and very reasonably priced. Alcohol is available for non-Muslims in bars, restaurants and clubs. You can apply for a liquor permit that allows you to purchase alcohol in stores.
- The UAE has varying degrees of tolerance to clothing styles from around the world. There are legal guidelines as to what is not acceptable. You will not need to wear a headscarf or abaya and in general you can mostly wear what you like, It is simply a case of using your common sense, respecting local religion and custom and dressing modestly. It is especially important to be aware and tone down your dress style during the period Ramadan
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