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Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

4.7 / 5

80 reviews

Activity provider: SMCCU

Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

Activity provider: SMCCU

From US$ 42 per person

Learn about Arabic culture, Arabic greetings, expressions, and anecdotes, as well as Islam and its impact on local culture, cultural values, and sensitivities during a lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Limited to 9 participants


  • Taste traditional Emirati dishes at a cultural lunch
  • Learn more about the customs and traditions of the UAE
  • Ask your host or hostess any questions you like
  • Experience a more authentic side to Dubai
  • See a traditional wind tower house of the Al Bastakiya trading village
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Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the culture and traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions, and taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including dessert. Ask your host or hostess any questions you have, following the SMCCU motto of “Open Doors, Open Mind.” Each dinner is as unique as the questions you might want answers to. Learn about the local cultures and religion in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding
  • Selection of local Emirati dishes
  • Authentic Arabic coffee, tea, and dates

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    Meeting point

    House 26, Al Musallah Road, Al Fahidi Historic District (adjacent to the Ruler's Court)

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    4.7 /5

    based on 80 reviews

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    The group met at the SMCCU and after taking off our shoes we all sat around the food together. The two very likeable women introduced themselves to us and explained how people eat traditionally in the Emirates. Arabic coffee was served and then you could eat. Meanwhile, the women were allowed to ask any questions about the country, culture and religion. The motto behind it was "open hearts, open minds" and should also allow taboo questions. The women reacted very well and also told very personal things. Unfortunately, our group was a little reserved when it came to asking questions, which was a shame because this openness is a good opportunity. But I really liked the idea behind it, to bring different cultures and people together and to understand each other better. Then you could take the leftovers from the buffet in a small bowl. Great experience in the heart of old Dubai.

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    October 20, 2022

    Really great, very interesting! We are installed in a typical room. The person who welcomes us is very nice, we feel that she is happy to share her culture and is ready to answer all your questions. I loved. We were able to eat different dishes mainly based on rice, tea, coffee and dessert. It's so enriching to speak with a local, I recommend without hesitation!

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    January 26, 2022

    we were alone for lunch, so we had a private meeting with the presenter. She told us about Dubai by the kindest Ruqaya. We got an answer to every question. My 14 and 11 year old sons were delighted. Lunch was quite early so we weren't hungry but got everything to go. We could pack as much as we wanted. Everyone was very nice, we learned a lot on site about customs, history and everyday life in Dubai

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    March 4, 2021

    Product ID: 60160