Culture of United Arab Emirates
People in United Arab Emirates speak the Arabic language. The linguistic diversity of United Arab Emirates is diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for United Arab Emirates is 0.4874. The followers of Islam are the religious majority in the country. 84.4% of United Arab Emirates's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of United Arab Emirates. The rate of urbanization in United Arab Emirates is considered to be 2.9. According to data on inbound tourists in United Arab Emirates, 7,126,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.
The national anthem of United Arab Emirates is called 'Ishy Biladi', which in English means 'Long Live my Homeland'. It was adopted in 1971. The lyrics have been written by Arif Al Sheikh Abdullah Al Hassan and the music has been composed by Saad Abdel Wahab.
The first McDonalds in United Arab Emirates was opened on 21 December 1994, and it was located in Abu Dhabi. At the moment United Arab Emirates has 110 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 33% of the population of United Arab Emirates are obese.
Each year, the people of United Arab Emirates consume 1.5 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 10.3% beer, 3% wine, 86.7% distilled spirits, 0% other alcohol.
One of the most popular national dishes of United Arab Emirates is makbus. Other national dishes include biryani, shurba addis.