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Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

1. Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

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.

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Dubai: Heritage Express Cultural Trolley Tour with Drinks

2. Dubai: Heritage Express Cultural Trolley Tour with Drinks

Take the hassle out of organizing a busy sightseeing itinerary and simply sit back and relax on a trolley tour to see many of Dubai's most stunning cultural sights. Listen to fun, interesting, and historically fascinating stories from your local guide, and stop to snap photos at each site. Enjoy a warm welcome with a refreshment before kickstarting your tour with a fantastic desert Bedouin show. Make your way to Dubai's impressive sights, including: downtown Al Seef, the 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Abra and its creek, Jumeirah Mosque, — the iconic landmark of the nation — and more. End your tour with a wealth of knowledge, photos, and memories of Dubai.

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Dubai: Emirati Arts and Cultural Walking Tour

3. Dubai: Emirati Arts and Cultural Walking Tour

The United Arab Emirates are not only known for their charming hospitality, but also for their vast participation in arts and culture. This tour is organized to begin at Bastakyia, the oldest district of Dubai where you will explore the traditional courtyard houses of Dubai and their impressive architecture. Next, discover the Emirati arts and culture scene by visiting some interesting places like the Majlis Gallery and XVA Art Gallery Hotel & café which have the mission of promoting the works of internationally renowned artists as a meeting place for creative minds. After that, visit the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding and participate in the heritage tour, a cultural center where you will learn about Islam culture .

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What people are saying about Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Very relaxed and delicious meal with a knowledgeable guide into the culture and answered all questions fully. The meal was very Indian as opposed to the more traditional Arabic which what I would expect from that part of the world. Very interesting conversations about being environmentally friendly yet we were served water in small containers made of plastic. To take food away(which was fabulous to be able to do this!!) we were given foil containers and plastic bags to take food away(which was fabulous!!) maybe everyone could be told to bring their own multiple use containers if they want to be able to take food away. I highly recommend this activity as a first insight into the culture...but it did leave me wanting to know more and with no pointers as to what I can do to have more access to the local people to learn more about their culture.

Super nice host, open conversations over delicious and authentic food. It is beautifully arranged on carpets and you sit comfortably on well-padded pillows. Highly recommended!

Great food and hosts

I really enjoyed the emirati food and hospitality. The speaker Nasser was knowledgeable and had a good sense on humour. Will definitely recommend this experience to others.

It was a good experience, outside of the usual sightseeing. Highly recommended

Recommended. Hospitable, all questions can be asked. Certainly do!