A beautiful, eerie chant that emanates from the mosques, the first of which sounds at dawn – sets the tone of this city. Abu Dhabi is a curious and fascinating blend of tradition and development. More conservative than neighbouring Dubai, it nevertheless is tolerant and respectful of the many cultures that make up its population. The adoption of the Islamic faith has had the largest effect on Abu Dhabi’s culture, as many of its traditions revolve around the promotion and celebration of the national religion. The Islamic faith is based on the Quran values. It encourages generosity, charity and family, and is evident in every facet of Abu Dhabi society from politics to national dress.