Definition of Emirati in US English:


nounPlural Emiratis

  • A citizen or inhabitant of the United Arab Emirates.

    ‘the number of Emiratis marrying foreigners had risen by 10 per cent’
    • ‘An increasingly large number of Emiratis also own houses somewhere in Europe, in the Far East or Lebanon.’
    • ‘Emiratis now make up 21 per cent of the airline's core employee workforce.’
    • ‘Many Emiratis prefer the traditional style of eating with the right hand.’
    • ‘Currently the average Emirati consumes roughly 550 liters of clean water every day.’
    • ‘By understanding the desert, early Emiratis could survive with their cultural values intact; however, not understanding the media ecology will alter, in a few years, what lasted generations.’
    • ‘Like the other small Gulf states such as Bahrain and Qatar, the Emiratis are realists and pragmatists, both politically and economically.’
    • ‘The move highlights the UAE's commitment to providing Emiratis with financial stability and a dignified life.’
    • ‘She said Emiratis were becoming frustrated with violations of local sensitivities.’
    • ‘Emiratis are known for their hospitality; they feel honored when receiving guests and socializing with friends and relatives.’
    • ‘There are over 200 nationalities in the Emirates in addition to Emiratis.’
    • ‘The presence of many ethnic groups has led Emiratis to be tolerant of other social customs, yet they remain conscious of their own customs as markers of cultural identity.’
    • ‘A 15-year-old boy has become the youngest Emirati to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.’
    • ‘He was strongly revered by Emiratis and other Arabs across the Middle East.’
    • ‘A new programme aiming to encourage entrepreneurship in young Emiratis was launched in Dubai.’
    • ‘Laila, an Emirati whose mother is Italian, explained that although she has the basic grasp of the Arabic language, she still has some difficulty when interacting with her colleagues and clients.’
    • ‘Among those in his circle who share his process-driven esthetic is the sole female Emirati included in the exhibition, Kareema Al-Shomali.’
    • ‘This hands-on learning option will be open to all Emiratis, regardless of age or previous qualification.’


  • Relating to the United Arab Emirates or its citizens.

    ‘Emirati families’
    ‘a menu of traditional Emirati fare’
    • ‘There is much more open discussion of world politics than Emirati politics.’
    • ‘Her photographs document the forgotten public and private spaces of her native Emirati society.’
    • ‘Some people say it is an unspoken feeling even amongst Emirati police that such charges should not be brought, though the incident should be reported.’
    • ‘Emirati referee Ali Bujsaim, who will take control of the opening match, said he had been told to set the tone for the tournament.’
    • ‘The Emirati rulers took a calculated gamble that trusting to your confidence in your heritage, and letting the world in, whilst not being altogether laissez-faire about it, was a much better guarantee of prosperity.’
    • ‘More than 120 Emirati companies operate in Azerbaijan.’
    • ‘The latter factor has generated a dependence on expatriate labor; the UAE has become a multiethnic society, and Emirati nationals account for only about 20 percent of the population.’
    • ‘Griffiths said she has only 12 Emirati nurses among her roster of 1,450 nursing staff.’
    • ‘The hope is that Sea Shadow, as well as Djinn, will gee up Emirati audiences to the idea of seeing homegrown films (even if no one agrees on what makes them homegrown).’
    • ‘Education is free for all Emirati natives, and the schools and universities are of generally high standard, and often staffed by teachers from all over the world.’
    • ‘Another aspect of the Emirati economy is the fact that the huge wealth of such emirates as Abu Dhabi is used to subsidise development in the smaller, poorer emirates.’
    • ‘Self-deprecation isn't part of the normal Emirati way of doing business.’
    • ‘Interested Emirati artists can explore a range of art disciplines including visual arts and film, paintings and mixed-media installations.’
    • ‘Incidentally, because of their Bedouin heritage, Emirati rulers have been encouragers of traditional Arabic poetry, especially praise-poetry.’
    • ‘Our guide, an Emirati woman recently graduated from university, spoke perfect English and was reserved, polite and hugely informative.’
    • ‘The Emirates Group has announced plans to provide 750 jobs for Emirati Nationals during the current financial year across various departments.’
    • ‘The Secretary will also meet with senior Emirati government officials to discuss regional and bilateral issues.’
    • ‘The U.A.E. Health Ministry reports that just one in 25 nurses is Emirati.’
    • ‘They also own all Emirati businesses.’