As UAE is part of the Persian Gulf, comprising seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajmān, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. UAE music holds Khaliji music and Bedouin music.
The Khaliji songs are distinguished by the use of Tabel (drum) and the Oud. It is said to be influenced so much by the African music especially with the utilization of heavy beats. As history states, the Emirates traditional music goes back to times where they sang during performing their jobs. Every task had a different rhythm, and has become a motivating tool for workers. Other historical stories tell the tales of night gatherings where girls danced and swung their long hair while men enjoyed fake battles with their swords and end up dancing along with the Arabic songs and heartwarming lyrics. Such Emirati songs and dances are called Harbiya, and Ayyalah.
The musical instruments used in the Emirati songs are almost the same along the Persian Gulf. Arabic music is traditionally accompanied by drums, nai, oud, rababa…
As for the liveliest Arabic music in UAE, it is surely found in the vigorous Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Dubai holds many events in which the musical scenes create utmost festivity. Dubai also holds Jazz music festivals. It is in fact a multi-cultural population in which it carries out all sorts of events and concerts. The Arabic music has a great part in the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts festival.