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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

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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 2017

This was fantastic. There was a wealth of knowledge disseminated by the facilitators. The group was lively and diverse. The conversations and questions help one to get a better understanding of the Emirati culture.

Mona F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Mona F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour guide lady

Dina D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really enjoyed our cultural breakfast - we did it on our first day in Dubai, so I was a really great welcome into the culture and traditions of the local population.
The food was great, our hostess were very interesting and open to all questions.
Also, the centre is located in a beautiful neiborhood Al Fahidi so you have a lot of things to sightsee after the cultural breakfast.

Definite recommendation for all of travellers.

ana maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

lovely lunch,and lovely people

Elizabeth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

So informative. Loved the discussion and food!

Shenaz W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I absolutely loved this. It was simple and pleasant and we all got to ask questions. The hosts were very professional and served us with tea and dates but the highlight was having traditional Arab food. Machboos and Luqamat were served and it was incredibly delicious. I will attend this again just to be able to eat the Machboos again. There should just be more accurate directions given as a few people got lost. It is at the end of the street where Dubai museum is.

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