SMCCU was delighted to host a number of visiting authors to Emirates Literature Fest for a lunch at our traditional wind tower house in the Bastakiya. Our volunteers fielded many questions about the differences between what is perceived as a religiously driven cultural norm and those based on traditional or familial factors. In this region those factors all play a part in the behavior of its individuals and at times it is difficult to say which carries more weight in any one given area. Some of the topics debated were the use of black in ladies fashion in this region, and the role of religion in the society. This is our second year hosting the Literature Fest guests.