• Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 28.60 View price calendar

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Delve into traditional Emirati culture over a delicious local meal on an engaging 1.5-hour 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 specialities, 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.


  • 1.5-hour 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
  • Ideal insight into Dubai for first-time visitors
  • Choose a breakast, lunch or dinner tour

What You Can Expect

Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Dace A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

quite personal authentic meet and meal with local people who are competent in variable questions, special thanks to Abdullah!

Richard B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

Vedran A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We did Emirati breakfast. Very tasty and informative, not only about food but also about different aspects of Emirati life. Highly recommendable! Great insight into Emirati culture!

Carol M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

kevin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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

Laurie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Joanne H New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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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