According to estimates, Dubai's population was around 1.3 millions, consisting of the native Emiri (20%), South Asian (50%), Arab and Iranian (23%) and remaining being the Westerners and East Asians.
Dubai society is known for its tolerance for different lifestyles and foreigners are free to practice their own religion and other cultural activities. Different communities have their own schools and social and cultural institutions in Dubai. Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day and Diwali are celebrated by the religious minorities with great fanfare in Dubai. Arabic is the official language of Dubai, however English is widely spoken and understood all over the emirate.