The Emirati people are the citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which was founded in 1971. Many Emiratis, including those that compose the ruling dynasties of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai (the two largest of seven Emirates), trace their origins to the Bani Yas clan. However, people outside of the Bani Yas clan, such as Baluchis and immigrants from Iran’s Bastak region and Bahrain, have been gradually integrated into Emirati society. A tiny number of South Asian, African and people from other races have intermarried with Emiratis, thereby becoming non-Emirati UAE citizens.
The UAE's culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. Islam is more than just a religion; it is a way of life that governs even mundane, everyday events, from what to wear to what to eat and drink. Thus, the culture and heritage of the UAE is tied to its religion. Among the most highly prized virtues are courtesy and hospitality, and visitors are sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people here.
To Arab people, the family unit is very important, and elders are respected for their experience and ability to give advice. It is a male-dominated society, but women often hold all the power within the home, responsible for the welfare of large extended families. Many generations will live together in the same house or in collections of houses situated next to each other.