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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

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Delve into traditional Emirati culture over a delicious local meal on an engaging experience in Dubai. Visit the charming Al-Fahidi neighborhood in old Dubai’s Al Bastakiya district, and take a seat in a delightful, wind towered courtyard. After Arabic coffee and dates, enjoy a tasty feast of local specialties, including syrup-soaked ‘ligamat’ donuts. As you eat, enjoy a question-and-answer session with a local expert, covering local culture. Learn about Emirati dress, food and daily life, and leave with a deeper understanding of Dubai’s past and present.
  • Emirati cultural talk and meal in Dubai, with an experienced guide
  • Be welcomed into a wind tower courtyard with Arabic coffee and dates
  • Enjoy a traditional Emirati feast, including favorites such as ‘ligamat’ with date syrup
  • Learn about Emirati society, food, and dress during a cultural talk
  • Ask about any aspect of Emirati daily life that interests you
  • Choose a breakast, lunch, or dinner tour
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Visit includes Authentic Emirati cuisine
Water, Arabic coffee. tea and dates and served
Q & A Session with experienced guide about local culture and traditions
Transportation to/from attractions
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding , Al Mussallah Rd - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai.
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What is the social distancing policy during Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai.

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star-5
The food was really...
Keisha_M
, Mar 2022
The food was really delicious and the Emirati lady was very kind and easy to talk to. We walked around the area after which was very nice.
star-5
Excellent experience
Phillip_L
, Mar 2022
It was very interesting, we really enjoyed it. No questions was off limits. Now I understand a lot more about the culture! The food was very nice. 10 out of 10 from us 👍
star-5
Fun times but over local dinner
Marion_J
, Sep 2020
Amazing chance to meet a local and understand customs and culture over the local food! Great place to visit And to ask questions about how what when of the area
star-5
Museum of Cultural Understanding
pdcarleton
, Oct 2019
Excellent talk about Dubai and muslim culture. All questions answered and shared a beautiful arabian lunch to boot.
star-5
Above and Beyond expectations
Pamela_O
, Jul 2019
The Gentlemen were extremely kind and they explain everything in detail. they made us feel very comfortable answering our questions. I learned a lot from them. Highly recommended.
star-4
This was a really good cultural...
Hector S
, Jul 2018
This was a really good cultural experience! We ended up enjoying the hospitality of our Emirati friends and learning a lot about the Arab culture. It was a good experience worth the money!
star-5
Fantastic experience, would definitely...
Susan D
, Apr 2018
Fantastic experience, would definitely recommend this to anyone going to Dubai.
star-4
Think this is great for someone who...
Ashleah N
, Apr 2018
Think this is great for someone who wants more insight into life in the Emirates. Come prepared with questions, bc the guest guide the convo. I would have liked our host to given use a quick overview of culture at the beginning, but other than that this is a great first stop! Explore old Dubai after
star-3
There really isn't any Emirati food...
Eileen B
, Mar 2018
There really isn't any Emirati food. Talking about how they would use their hands to eat was interesting but not what I expected.
star-5
This is absolutely awesome I learned...
Alexia R
, Feb 2018
This is absolutely awesome I learned so much about the culture. The food was good too! The presenter was funny
star-5
This should be the first tour you...
Mark_W
, Feb 2018
This should be the first tour you do. Definitely worth the time. Learned so much about the Muslim/Emirati beliefs,culture and tradition. A very enjoyable and welcoming experience. The world would be so much better if we all took the time to share honest conversation over a great meal.
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star-4
I booked the lunch tour. The food...
Sheila C
, Feb 2018
I booked the lunch tour. The food was good and the conversation with a woman in traditional clothing was very interesting. Any question could be asked about the local cultural practices. I would recommend this tour for a better understanding of Emirati life.
star-5
quite personal authentic meet and...
Dace A
, Jan 2018
quite personal authentic meet and meal with local people who are competent in variable questions, special thanks to Abdullah!
star-5
Not the easiest place to find so I...
Richard B
, Dec 2017
Not the easiest place to find so I would recommend getting there early..Other than that it was a good experience, the best way to learn about Dubai. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and are happy to answer any question
star-5
I'd really recommend spending time...
Godwi
, Dec 2017
I'd really recommend spending time and ideally a meal with the team at the Centre for Cultural Understanding. My mother and I enjoyed a great meal and very interesting conversation with an international group during our visit. Much appreciated, Waleed, thanks again for hosting us.
star-5
Great environment to learn about...
Carol M
, Oct 2017
Great environment to learn about Islam, the culture in the UAE, and the food. Ask any question you like, the time goes by fast so come prepared with questions in mind. The food was delicious.
star-5
Incredible experience. Full of...
JOSECARLOS_C
, Oct 2017
Incredible experience. Full of information about the Emirati culture. The food, coffee and everything was great. The presenter was really easygoing and open to answer any question.
star-5
something different while in Dubai...
KEVIN_m
, Oct 2017
something different while in Dubai , I went to the evening meal . and had a good time, there were only six of us this evening are host was very open and could ask him anything about Dubai and the UAE, we spoke about crime and punishment , politics and a small number of other topics I learnt a lot about the way off life in the UAE, had some fantastic Arabic coffee and dates , there was also loads more to eat if you are looking for something different to to in Dubai I would recommend doing this the only other thing I would say is to give yourself plenty off time to find the building , as it is a bit hard to find
star-5
You should try to fit this in as...
Laurie D
, Sep 2017
You should try to fit this in as early as possible during your visit to Dubai. The meal is fine, but the main feature is the introduction to local customs and historical background. The reality is that Dubai depends on tourism and local people accept most of the social blunders and insensitivities of tourists, but it is nice to know how to behave with some consideration towards local mores and to avoid unnecessary offence. One of the appealing aspects of this event is the openness to ask any question as the traditional Arabian and Islamic culture is so different from the West.
star-5
This was definitely the best thing I...
Joanne H
, Sep 2017
This was definitely the best thing I did in Dubai. I felt very welcomed in the Centre which was in the fascinating historical part of Dubai, in a traditional Emirati house. The speaker gave me a real insight into Emirati culture and was happy to answer any questions. The traditional food was delicious, I wish I could have eaten more. I'm still not convinced about the cultural attire for women but it was fun to be able to try it on. A great way to start the day and it was near the Dubai museum and a great area to explore. I would highly recommend this tour and would have done a few more that they offer if I had time.

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