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Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: SMCCU

Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

Activity provider: SMCCU

From US$ 38 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 food
  • Enjoy a cultural breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding
  • Learn more about the customs and traditions of the UAE
  • Go inside a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village
  • Get answers to any questions you have about life in Dubai today
Full description
Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural breakfast 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 traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions. 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 experience is as unique as the questions you might want answers to. Learn about the local cultures and religion in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
  • Selection of local Emirati dishes
  • Authentic Arabic coffee, tea, and dates
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

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

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    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 31 reviews

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    Highly recommended. Learned a lot about Emirati culture.

    We were a little late as arrived via metro and taxi. Taxi driver unsure of location even though we had address in english and Arabic (driver may have been from a different ethnic background?). Would be good if clear instruction how to get to the cultural centre via metro and walking... thanks.

    November 14, 2018

    It was a delicious lecture on my stomach and head.

    The staff will explain Dubai's food and clothing while surrounding a buffet breakfast in the hall. In the second half, the staff answered the questions from the participants. The topic this time is about the reality of Arab marriage (and divorce), romance, and polygamy. The staff sometimes jokes, sometimes real experiences? He explained in an easy-to-understand manner. It was a "delicious" time in many ways.

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    March 29, 2018

    Highly recommended ;-)

    A very nice experience - especially the food offered to the guests. Two kind ladies from the Emirates (or sometimes the director Mr Serkal) answer your questions with a good sense of humour. Interesting to learn what to do if you are a young man and want to marry a girl you like. In Europe or US, you buy a ring and ask her - learn the whole procedure while enjoying tasty (not hot) food, coffee and dates. Have fun!

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    February 4, 2018

    Product ID: 60286