What I would like to discuss, and I do hope that I get some comments and feedback from UAE nationals on this, is the composition of the local community in
Most expatriates think that all locals originate from
1) Bedouins and native arabs
These are people who have been arab as far as their ancestry can be traced back. From my perceptions they form an actual minority within a minority
There is a large and significant number of Iranian locals. A lot of people will know of the Bastakiya area in Bur Dubai. Well that name is derived from the early settlement of a large Iranian community originating from the town of
The Southern Iranian community has a long established commercial connection with
From my knowledge, they also make up a significant proportion of the locals. Their mainstay is in the police force.
The Balushi family name is an indicator of a local’s Baluchi origin. Baluchis are an ethnicity that is spread across the south-eastern region of
Zanzibaris originate from the region of
A lot of the dark-skinned locals with an African physical complexion are Zanzibari.
6) Palestinians and other arab countries
I personally know of two local families were Palestinian refugees who settled in this country in the early 70s and have received the citizenship.
Well that is what I know about the ethnic make up of the local community. If I have made a mistake anywhere please inform me so that I can correct it. Additionally, I would also like you to contribute to this discussion and see if there are any other ethnicities that make up the local identity.