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Language and Religion in Dubai

Language and religion form the most important part in cultural life of Dubai. Islam is the official religion of the emirate, with vast majority being the Sunni Muslims. There is also a significant Shiite minority residing in Dubai. In addition, there are several religious minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, and Christians living harmoniously in Dubai for many decades.

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Dubai Travel TipsIn fact,Dubai is the only emirate housing Hindu temples, churches and a Sikh gurudwara. The local government follows a policy of tolerance towards non-Muslims and they are free to practice their religion. The religious communitiesof Dubai have their own schools and social and cultural institutions.

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The emir of Dubai has also granted lands to different communities for construction of temples, churches, gurudwaras, cemeteries etc. Lands were also sanctioned for the construction of the first Greek Orthodox Church in Dubai. Christian churches are permitted to openly advertise certain church functions, such as memorial services, in the press. Visitors to Dubai will find temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna in the Meena Bazaar area.

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Arabic is the official language of Dubai, but English is widely spoken and understood in the emirate and ranks alongside Arabic as the language of commerce. Urdu is another major language spoken and understood in Dubai, along with Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Malayam and Tagalog.

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