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United Arab Emirates History and Culture




History
The earliest significant settlements in the UAE date from the Bronze Age. In the 3rd century BC, a culture known as Umm an-Nar's arose near the site of modern Abu Dhabi and its influence extended well into the interior and along the coast of what is now Oman.
The small trading states that emerged along the Persian Gulf coast were later overwhelmed by Persian empires - the Achaemenid Empire from the 6th to the 4th centuries BC, and the Sassanid Empire from the 3rd to the 7th centuries AD.
These empires took over and controlled the extensive maritime trade that the small states had already carried as far as China.

Culture
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.


 

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