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Abu Dhabi

Facts & Figures

  • Capital City: Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates or UAE)
  • Population: 5m
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Grand Prix Race Track: Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    • Number of laps: 55
    • Total race length: 305km
    • Most Frequent Winner: Sebastian Vettel - 3 times
    • Last Winner: Lewis Hamilton (2016)
  • Official Grand Prix Web Site

Ideas for a UAE Party

While football is hugely popular, and is probably the most-watched sport, cricket is also very popular in the UAE, thanks in part to the large ex-pat populations from the UK, Australia and the Indian sub-continent. The annual Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix is also a very popular event, and is unusual as it is often held at night time under floodlights.

UAE Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with UAE flags and scarves (see links, right)
  • If you're serving food, search for red and white table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more UAE Party Decorations Ideas, visit our Asian Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for other party decorations, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in red and white will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a UAE Themed Party

Traditionallly rice, fish, and meat have been the most popular foods of the Emirates. However, the people of the United Arab Emirates have adopted many dishes from other countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Oman. Seafood has of course been central to the Emirati diet for centuries, because of the extensive Gulf coastline. For meat dishes, lamb and mutton are the preferred meats, then goat and beef. Although pork can be found in the UAE, the predominantly muslim population do not eat it, and so no local recipes include pork or pig products. Rich stews, flavoured with saffron, cardamom, turmeric, and thyme are popular in Emirati cookery.

When your guests arrive at your Emirati party, it would be traditional to welcome them with dates and Arabic coffee (gahwah - see below). At the end of the meal, it is customary to serve red tea infused with mint, which aids the digestion.

Drink for a UAE Party

Popular beverages are coffee and tea, which can be supplemented with cardamom, saffron, or mint to give them a distinct flavor. Known as "Gahwah Arabia", Arabic coffee is very much associated with hospitality, and is a blend of lightly roasted arabic beans, cardamon and saffron which are ground and boiled. The coffee is then strained and served hot in small cups.

Alcohol is generally only served in hotel restaurants, nightclubs, golf clubs and bars catering for tourists.

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