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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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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding
    Al Mussallah Rd - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Next 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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  • You'll end at
    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding
    Al Mussallah Rd - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Next to Al Seef
    See address & details
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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
Important Information
Departure Point
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Mussallah Rd - Al 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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California_momofsix wrote a review Apr 2021
Fairfield1,030 contribution496 helpful votes
Lunch or dinner at the Dubai center for cultural understanding should be on your itinerary. Tickets can be reserved online for around 30 dollars. The center is easy to find at the entrance to the Al Fahidi historical center, a 10 minute walk from the Sharaf metro station on
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Dunja R wrote a review Apr 2021
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico20 contributions20 helpful votes
I just came from my “Emirats dinner” . A beautiful Experience to talk to young Dubai people. I would recommend everyone to take a great Break and Book this tour.
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Jim P wrote a review Jan 2021
Toronto, Canada1,752 contribution205 helpful votes
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Our visit was for lunch. The home-style lunch was good, even with soft drinks. The real experience was our questions to the host. He talked frankly about their home life, on education, marriage and work. Very informative and interesting. Enjoyed the lunch and the conversation
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Date of experience: February 2020
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KawaiiWander wrote a review Aug 2020
Jakarta, Indonesia82 contributions46 helpful votes
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Emiratis are not easily meet in UAE due to the low population in their country and they usually very private. This culture discussion over a traditional meal is something wonderful because it is hosted by young people and we can have an exchange over their culture from
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bougainville30a wrote a review Jun 2020
London, United Kingdom268 contributions270 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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About the operator

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By: Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
shanizee1
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A great meusem depicting culture and heritage of native Arabs .
I had a wounderful experience during the visit . To know how middle eastern traditions and cultural values are stil
575benoitc
575benoitc
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Bad idea!! Bad impression!!
I've been to dubai several times every year and I was kind of shocked to find barriers now around the fence where t
lucylG8643EZ
lucylG8643EZ
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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
Carmencita921
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
yokok0_0
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
Roadtripper2823
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
Relaxtravel123
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
Christie H
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
Fernanda A
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
carton w
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
jackien1uk
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
Nikhhil A
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.
Paulina_Bali
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
HobokenPixie
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
593dij
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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