UAE is famous for the diversity of its international workforce. That is why English is commonly spoken at the work place, together with Arabic, the UAE’s official language. However, legal documents must be written or translated into Arabic, including university diplomas or marriage certificates, before submitting them to official government agencies.
Any official translation centre in UAE can translate such documents. They also have to be verified by the expat’s embassy and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As in most countries, learning the local language can prove to be a valuable asset and will certainly be appreciated by UAE nationals.
The official religion of the UAE is Islam.
The UAE’s culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Islam is more than just a religion; it is a way of life that governs every aspect of daily existence, from what to wear to what to eat and drink. The culture and heritage of the UAE is closely linked to religion and this feeling permeates throughout the society.
There are many beautiful mosques in and around the U.A.E. but it is not an accepted practice for non-Muslims to enter them so if you are non-Muslim, you will have to admire them from the outside.
However, UAE does allow the practice of other faiths. The influence of Islam, though, is still prevalent in social and in professional contexts. That is why non-Muslim expats have to show special sensitivity when they are doing business in UAE in order not to violate any rules or upset their business partners and colleagues.