Islam is the official religion of the UAE and Arabic is the official language (although English and Indian-language dialects are widely spoken, with English being the language of business and education particularly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai).
Two Emirates airlines cabin crew have been ordered jailed for three months in Dubai over sexually explicit text messages, it emerge today.
The case is just the latest in a string of indecency cases against foreigners, including two Britons facing jail in a separate case.
It appears the land of the Emirates has been occupied for thousands of years.
Stone tools recovered from Jebel Faya in the emirate of Sharjah reveal a settlement of people from Africa some 127,000 years ago and a stone tool used for butchering animals discovered at Jebel Barakah on the Arabian coast suggests an even older habitation from 130,000 years ago.
I would really appreciate some points of view of living in Dubai with young children, good bad and ugly!