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United Arab Emirates

Facts & Figures

UAE Team Logo
  • Capital City: Abu Dhabi
  • Population: 5m
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Team Nickname: The Falcons or The Whites
  • Official Team Web Site (in English)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Group Stage (1990)
  • Best AFC Asian Cup Performance: Runners-Up (1996)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 74 (August 2017)

Ideas for a UAE Themed Party

Managed over the years by such greats as Don Revie, Dick Advocaat and Roy Hodgson, the United Arab Emirates have never made a huge impact on World football, yet given their relatively small population they have enjoyed some success, most notably in the 1990's, when they qualified for the World Cup, and were runners-up in both the AFC Asian Cup of Nations and Gulf Nations Cup.

While football is hugely popular, and is probably the most-watched sport, cricket is also very popular, thanks in part to the large ex-pat populations from the UK, Australia and the Indian sub-continent. The annual Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix is also a very popular event.

UAE Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with UAE shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for red and white table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Supplies Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more UAE Party Decorations Ideas, visit our Asian Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in white with red details will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a United Arab Emirates Party

Traditionallly rice, fish, and meat have been the most popular foods of the Emirates. However, the people of the United Arab Emirates have adopted many dishes from other countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Oman. Seafood has of course been central to the Emirati diet for centuries, because of the extensive Gulf coastline. For meat dishes, lamb and mutton are the preferred meats, then goat and beef. Although pork can be found in the UAE, the predominantly muslim population do not eat it, and so no local recipes include pork or pig products. Rich stews, flavoured with saffron, cardamom, turmeric, and thyme are popular in Emirati cookery.

When your guests arrive at your Emirati party, it would be traditional to welcome them with dates and Arabic coffee (gahwah - see below). At the end of the meal, it is customary to serve red tea infused with mint, which aids the digestion.

Drink for a UAE Party

Popular beverages are coffee and tea, which can be supplemented with cardamom, saffron, or mint to give them a distinct flavor. Known as "Gahwah Arabia", Arabic coffee is very much associated with hospitality, and is a blend of lightly roasted arabic beans, cardamon and saffron which are ground and boiled. The coffee is then strained and served hot in small cups.

Alcohol is generally only served in hotel restaurants, nightclubs, golf clubs and bars catering for tourists.

Unfortunately we have not been able to find a reliable source of UAE kit at this time. For reference, their home kit is all white with red trim, while their away kit is currently all red with white trim.

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