UAE: Values                                                      

The majority of Emirians are bound together by similar values and a common religion. Below are some recurrent beliefs that many Emirians hold true:  

  • Importance of family

  • Faith in Islam

  • Modesty in dress

  • Acceptance of one’s place in society

  • National pride

  • Harmony and humility

  • Smooth interpersonal relationships

  • Hospitality

  • Respect for tradition

  • Respect for authority

  • Respect for elders

  • Compromise

  • Patriarchy


Q: What do you think patriarchy means?  


A: Patriarchy is a social system in which the father or eldest male is head of the household, having authority over women and children. Patriarchy also refers to a system of government by males, and to the dominance of men in social or cultural systems.



The family is the center of the social structure and includes aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and honorary relations such as godparents and close family friends. People get strength and stability from their family.

Saving/Keeping Face, Harmony, & Group

Anything that might hurt another's self-esteem is to be avoided or else one risks ending a relationship. One who is insensitive to others is said to lack a sense of shame and embarrassment. This concern for self-esteem helps to maintain harmony in society and within one's particular circle, but it also can give rise to a willingness to sacrifice personal integrity to remain in the good graces of the group.

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