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The People of the United Arab Emirates, Culture

national archive, fine arts museum, musical accompaniment, end of Ramadan, traditional dances

Traditional social rituals remain important, especially the Eid al-Fitr and the Eid al-Adha, the festivals that mark the end of Ramadan (the month of fasting) and the conclusion of the hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) on the Islamic calendar. On special occasions Emiris perform traditional dances to musical accompaniment. The commitment to preserving traditional arts and culture is evident both at the popular level and in the political leadership. Each emirate devotes considerable resources to maintaining museums and libraries. Throughout the year, the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation sponsors major events on artistic, social, and other themes that are designed to place before audiences both Arab and other cultural fare. The foundationís Center for Documentation and Research is a national archive where scholars from around the world can do research on the history of the UAE, going back to earliest times. Ash Shariqah has a fine arts museum and has long been home to a lively theater and literary scene.



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