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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

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    What to Expect
    Travel back to the days before Dubai was dominated by cutting-edge skyscrapers and 5 star restaurants and discover the traditions surrounding family life and local cuisine.

    Meet at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) wind tower house. Experience traditional Emirati hospitality, in the ambiance of our wind tower house courtyard.

    Throughout the meal, ask any question you have about life in the city; no question is off limits! Learn about the center’s award-winning programs, and hear about their philosophy, “Open Doors. Open Minds.” The SMCCU strives to raise awareness and demystify the local culture, customs, and religion of the United Arab Emirates, improving cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests.

    What's Included:

    Arabic Coffee and Dates and Emirati Hospitality

    Authentic Emirati Meal

    Cultural Talk

    Arabic Tea

    Traditional Bahoor
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Even better than I expected. We walked in very flustered after walking from the museum on a excruciatingly hot day, and were welcomed with a friendly smile and cold drinks. The place is air-conditioned and the lunch was fantastic. The talk was fascinating and we learned so much
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    My friend and I came to the Centre for Cultural Understanding and did two of their offerings. First we did the Heritage Tour, Mosque Visit and then we stayed for the Cultural Lunch and Talk. While both were great experiences, I felt that the substance of the "tour" around Old
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    It was the best way to start the UAE trip. It was commercialised as an opportunity to dine like locals but at the end of the day it was much more than that. Already the name of the institution which holds breakfast tells much – Centre for Cultural Understanding. So, what we were
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    We loved this experience, the staff, the food, the building and the area. I was able to try on local clothing to experience what is is like for a Muslim woman. All questions were answered freely and the presenter was friendly and delivered the information well. The breakfast is
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    What a wonderful, amazing opportunity to learn about Emirati and Islamic culture and taste their cuisine. They will field any question, seriously! If you don’t ask, they will volunteer to dispel any and all rumors about their culture. At the end, they even dress you up in
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