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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai provided by Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

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Overview
Delve deeper into Dubai’s Bedouin-rooted culture than you could from just sightseeing at this Emirati meal. Visit a cultural center in Dubai’s oldest neighborhood, and take a seat with your host in a traditional, wind tower courtyard. Then, savor specialties such as “machboos” rice and syrup-soaked donuts as you learn about Dubai’s traditions, dress, and foods during a cultural talk and Q&A. A choice of meal times provides useful flexibility.
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You'll start at
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding
Al Mussallah Rd - Bur DubaiAl Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab EmiratesNext to Al Seef
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    Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    Our cultural meals are hosted at the SMCCU in a traditional wind-tower house in the Al Fahidi neighbourhood, are an excellent opportunity to learn within an informal environment. The topics of discussion are generated by questions from the guests and lead by one of our cultural presenters. The programme is designed to be entertaining, educational and informative. Topics include Arabic culture, Islam and its impact on local culture, cultural values and sensitivities, important Arabic greetings and expressions as well as insightful anecdotes.
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Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding
Al Mussallah Rd - Bur DubaiAl Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab EmiratesNext to Al Seef
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Highlights
  • Learn about local culture, food, and dress at an Emirati meal in old Dubai
  • Gain more insight than you could from sightseeing or restaurant-hopping
  • Traditional Emirati feast, cultural talk, and Q&A in wind tower courtyard
  • Choice of meal times to suit your schedule
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Departure Point
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Mussallah Rd - Bur DubaiAl Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Visit includes Authentic Emirati cuisine
  • Water, Arabic coffee. tea and dates and served
  • Q & A Session with experienced guide about local culture and traditions
  • Entry/Admission - Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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bougainville30a wrote a review Jun 2020
London, United Kingdom259 contributions230 helpful votes
It was a great decision to join the weekly Dinner Meal & Talk at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Initially we're the only people turning up on time, so there was a slightly awkward feeling and soon other people joined us and we had a great time, both trying
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Date of experience: February 2020
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AMG1970NL wrote a review Mar 2020
Baarn, The Netherlands26 contributions5 helpful votes
We visited the Center for the second time. Last year we visited the Jumeirah Mosque. This year we had the cultural dinner. Our host was very open and we could ask all kinds of questions, related to food & drinks but also about religion and politics. The experience was very
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Simona A wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
Great (very full!) lunch, cozy atmosphere. Got a lot of insights about Arabic culture. Really recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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thejokeisonme wrote a review Feb 2020
Victoria, Canada17 contributions2 helpful votes
I attended the cultural breakfast - what an array of delicious Emirati breakfast foods! Everything from breads to eggs to vermicelli to doughnuts with date syrup, it is an amazing meal. Beyond the food, the openness of the Emirati volunteers to share both traditional, religious,
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Date of experience: November 2019
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ttc544 wrote a review Jan 2020
malvern7 contributions13 helpful votes
Visited the centre for the cultural breakfast. This was well worth visiting, very informative and lovely food. The host was a friendly young lady who discussed what life is like for women in the Emirates. She explained how her faith is very important and that, for many, how
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Emirati Culture Demystified
I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour of the Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood and Al Farooq Mosque, and afterwards
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Carmencita921
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loved this tour
this was a very good and educational tour. gave us insight on their culture, fed us some yummy food. the lady giv
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yokok0_0
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Very nice way to learn about Muslim culture and local food
We learnt a lot about Emirati culture, clothes and food, Muslim religion. I was impressed how open the culture cent
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Roadtripper2823
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Authentic and informative
We were impressed with the presenter’s depth of knowledge and enjoyed our walk through the old town. My only compla
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Relaxtravel123
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Jumeirah Mosque Tour - Excellent
Dear all, I visited the Jumierah Mosque via one of their guided tours only last week and it was a very enjoyable e
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Christie H
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Explore old Dubai
One of the tour guides from my Abu Dhabi tour recommend this cultural center. It was wonderful to be able to walk a
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Fernanda A
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Must go!!!!
Excellent tour. Very interesting, our guide was very nice and really make us feel home, explaining many aspectos of
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carton w
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Cultural Lunch
There are few historic or cultural activities in Dubai but this lunch, while touristy, does give a glimpse of an ol
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jackien1uk
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Looked great but cancelled without notice
Really disappointed with this tour. I was really looking forward to looking round the historic district and learnin
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reuelmaharaj
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Emirate culture understanding
If you ever want to understand the emirate culture this is the place to visit. Although during the month of Ramadan
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Nikhhil A
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First Iftar Party
I attended the first Iftar Party of my life. It was just superb, food was delicious. We also went to the mosque.
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Paulina_Bali
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Great concept
Very interesting concept, very well executed. We learnt a lot about the UAE, the culture, custom and every day life
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reuelmaharaj
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Understanding the Emirate culture.
From the time you enter this community-styled establishment you feel like you are in the old days, before Dubai had
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HobokenPixie
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WOW—you need to do this tour!
This was one of the best tours we did on our honeymoon in April 2019. The cultural center is in one of the oldest
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593dij
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A must do experience
We went on an afternoon visit. Taxi ride from our hotel. The welcome was lovely with refreshments and the talk by t
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