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Romantic landscapes and gorgeous oriental men. Digital painting artist Kiran Kumar (UAE, 1979)

Romantic landscapes and gorgeous oriental men. Digital painting artist Kiran Kumar (UAE, 1979)



Little about the traditions of the UAE

In the Arab world and inviolable tradition evolved over centuries. Handshake Arabs - a special sign of friendliness and location, so it is somewhat longer than the Europeans and Americans. Saying goodbye, do not forget to shake hands. From the road you people - two hands. Do not try to shake hands with the first Muslim woman. If this is acceptable, she will do it.

The Arabs made welcomes guests with tea, coffee or soft drinks. In the East, very much value and are proud of the ancient tradition of hospitality, so the rejection of treats can be perceived as an insult or disrespect to the house owner. Take and offer food and beverages or any objects should be only the right hand. Coffee, as tea, has served to sweet, but without milk, in small cups without handles.


Breeding and training falcons. Falcon - the most preferred bird in the UAE. This - the emblem of the United Arab Emirates and there is even a picture on the banknotes. Falconry - a sport as sheikhs and amateurs.

Breeding and training of birds of prey was carried out in the Arabian Gulf region for thousands of years; The Holy Qur'an contains a verse about breeding and training of birds of prey. It allows to use birds to hunt. Emirs and sheikhs respect these birds more than others and considered a gift in the form of a falcon highest form of respect for the man. Art breeding and training of hunting falcon - an indispensable rite education for boys of any high-ranking family in the Emirates.


Camel and horse racing. Camel and horse racing are included in the list of cultural heritage of the Emirates. Camel races are particularly popular in Abu Dhabi. Races are held from November to April in the "Rider Club Abu Dhabi" usually every Sunday.


Dancing. It is believed that all the dances that dance in the east - it is belly dancing. However, oriental dance - is not only a "belly dance". In the Emirates, in particular, to the eastern dance include Said (cane dance) and dance with Tanura - the famous dance of the dervishes, during which the dancers fall into a trance. The essence of this dance is to spin on its axis with Tanura - lots of skirts, sometimes weighing up to 20 kg! This action occurs within 15-30 minutes. Dance with Tanura is one of the most difficult dances not only in the Arab world, but also in the dance world.

Men have two main traditional dance. First - Ayyallah, popular dance "scene of the battle." Men dance in rows, with sticks in their hands, simulating a battle with swords. Another dance - Narbe sivoliziruet victory over the enemy, and embodies the pride of power and courage.


Drinks. The most popular drink - coffee. Its use - is a ritual for a chat and a special art. Coffee is prepared classical way and poured from traditional pots "Dalla" in small bowls. Varieties of this drink a great many, but the most popular traditional black varieties, as well as light and Arabian coffee with cardamom.

As the main drink is tea with milk. Almost every corner you can quench your thirst with delicious cocktails that will cook from a variety of tropical fruit right before your eyes. Since UAE is a Muslim country, alcoholic beverages are sold only in bars and restaurants. An exception is the emirate of Sharjah, where alcohol is under complete prohibition. Most democratic Emirates - Dubai. You can not drink alcohol in public places, in the streets and on the beaches. It is punishable by a fine or even imprisonment.

Kitchen. Traditional Arabic cuisine formed under the influence of special natural climatic and religious characteristics of the region. The most common in the Middle East Cuisine - Lebanese. The UAE has a lot of restaurants featuring European, Mediterranean, Filipino, Indonesian, Mexican, Japanese and Thai cuisine. Almost all the dishes abundant added various herbs and spices: onion, garlic, pepper and cinnamon. Cooking used primarily olive oil. Of the products are widely used rice, peas, beans, vegetables, fresh or canned fruit. Basis of Arabic cuisine - meat. For the preparation of meat dishes using beef, goat, veal, lamb.

Meat often fried on a hot frying pan without fat, which gives it a special tenderness and juiciness. Popular variety of fish and seafood - lobster, crab, shrimp, tuna. Traditional dish - mezze - a set of hot and cold snacks. They are served on common dishes in small portions and quickly succeed each other. To the food served in the mezze include: vegetable salads, garlic - nut butter, dolma - vine leaves with rice, vegetable stuffing or minced meat, hot cakes with vegetables, meat or cheese filling, cheese, eggplant caviar - muttabbal.


School. In the UAE, there is a majority of schools with opposite-sex education. This is due primarily to the deep traditions of the eastern people. Their whole life - obedience to the laws of Islam. Separate education for boys from girls in schools is a UAE usual yavleniem.Suschestvuyut separate body in the same school, with children of different sexes do not cross the territory shkoly.Po According to many teachers it is a good impetus for progress in education.


Clothing. White men's clothing - this is a sign of belonging to the upper layers, in addition it is prestigious, comfortable and dignified. In Islam, the traditional white color, it is a sign of Allah - bright, clean and without sin. Besides white dress shows social status - the purer you are dressed, the richer you are, and above others. Also in a hot white dress most comfortable - it is not hot. And yet Muslims say: "man in white - he was the owner, a woman in black - his shadow."

Many people are surprised that the traditional clothes, which in our understanding clothed only during national holidays or folk festivals in the UAE is used in everyday life. Of particular interest is emiratok clothes. There is an important point: the clothes in which UAE women appear in public, nothing to do with the Central Asian veil has not. Clothing local women is a black long dress called "abaya", and the head is covered with a black scarf necessarily "sheley." Face veil covers "Gish", allows women to see through it, but does not allow a person to consider her mistress. There is another option when a handkerchief covered the entire face except for the eyes. Older residents of the UAE, as well as modern selchanki use half masks made of cloth or thick paper, covering most of the face. They are called "byrga."

Modern ladies prefer to wear haute couture Abai: many well-known designers are now offering an exclusive collection of traditional oriental woman's dress, the cost of which is comparable with the cost of new models of famous car brands.


Musical Instruments. The most common musical instruments - the ones who dance under the oriental dancers. The most important of these tools - darbuka (ancient percussion instrument). Less common in the Emirates Percussion - djembe (drum-shaped cup with an open bottom of the narrow and wide top, which stretched membrane of the skin). And then there are specific vintage instrument - Shekhlelah. This zone, which are sewn pieces of goat horns. Dancers wear it on your hips. During the dance movements produce a specific sound.


Wedding. Weddings are celebrated with luxury. But women celebrate this holiday apart from the men. Despite this, dancing with loud music and a variety of treats do not allow guests to get bored. Often the wedding toastmaster hire female that entertains people.

The same applies to the male part of the wedding. Only at the end of the celebration the groom enters the room and women's wedding dance with the bride last slow waltz. At the end of the holidays husband takes his lawful wife in their common home under the cries of guests and holiday shots.


Henna. Henna is not a newfangled decoration, and refers to the ancient art, because even for a long time known medicinal properties of henna. In Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia is also among the Bedouin made henna body paint yourself, basically hands. Arab bride, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates, in recent time to make beautiful pictures of henna to the wedding, but in this case only for beauty than for some convictions.

Crime. Sharia laws are very strict, so the UAE - a country with a very low crime rate. Theft cases are negligible, even if you are in any public place left a valuable thing, even after a time you can come back for her, no one will take it. But valuable thing can steal tourists. If they are found they will incur criminal penalties. In the UAE, foreigners without trial various indulgences.


A Greeting. When meeting men hug and touch each other first one cheek, then the other, while patting on the back and shoulders. If men had not seen for a long time and they know quite closely, they usually greet each other with a triple kiss on both cheeks, signing each other's arms. It is widely accepted in the West, when at a meeting or even when meeting a man can kiss a woman on the cheek. From the point of view of the Arab and wider - Islamic etiquette, such actions are totally unacceptable.

Left hand. The left hand in Muslim countries considered "unclean." The same, incidentally, applies to India. The fact that the left hand is used for washing the private parts (bath instead of using toilet paper is justified in terms of hygiene, especially in hot climates). Therefore, transmit documents, business cards or souvenirs she is prohibited unless you were not warned in advance that you are left-handed.

If you are invited to have a pilaf hands, use it only for the right hand. Representation of the relationship of the left hand with failure, distress, misfortune, and right - with happiness and good fortune, is also reflected in the Koran and the Bible.


Harem. Popular Oriental legend - harem. Harems in the Emirates has never been! Here polygamy - yes! This tradition goes back far into the past. Heavy and full of dangers Bedouin life was inseparable from such a thing as a fight. It was a struggle for power, for spheres of influence, etc. Therefore, a woman with children who had lost her husband, was doomed in the desert to die of starvation. That is why there was the custom to take, for example, the wife of the deceased brother's widow in order not to expose his children. This tradition has survived to this day, but modern Emiratis react to it without enthusiasm, finding it "fun" too troublesome and expensive, because according to the religion, a man in the East is fully liable for the woman and children up to the end of his life.










Kiran Kumar (Kiran Kumar) - a contemporary artist from the UAE. Born June 24, 1979 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Writes on the computer, in the style of digital painting. Statement says that he is a man in love with art, namely in digital painting. "I love art and music. In his work using Adobe Photoshop, Painter, and most importantly - the" right hand ", without them none of the tool does not matter." Currently the artist lives and works in his native city of Dubai.

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