This paper aims at studying the color of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) public houses. It is divided into two main parts. The first part is an introduction about the color of the old traditional houses, such as the Bedouin tent (bait al-shaar), and the urban traditional house. The second part discusses the color of the public houses (al-shabiaat) that are built by the UAE government for gathering the Bedouin and rural citizens to allow them to share effectively in building the country. The research revealed that most of the colors used in the traditional houses were vivid colors and bright hues, and most of the residents of public houses have changed the original neutral colors of their houses into vivid colors. The peoples' preference for vivid color is inherited from their old life in the traditional houses. It is found that much care is given to the main entrance of the house and the external wall, and people used color on them to indicate a sort of self-expression, title of the owner, status, and family pride. Also, they used color as a symbol of their traditions and hospitality. However, the new generation has never experienced the old traditional houses and now follows a new lifestyle that totally differs from that of their forefathers; hence, they prefer the use of neutral and light colors in their houses. The research concludes with some recommendations and guidelines that could be beneficial in putting together a proper color plan for the new public houses to achieve the residents' satisfaction and enhance the appearance of UAE architecture. Copyright © 2006, Locke Science Publishing Company, Inc.