Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

4.8 / 5

29 reviews

Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

From $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
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Limited to 10 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
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
    • Customers will get 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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    4.8 / 5

    based on 29 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.

    14 November 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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    4 February 2018

    Great experience! Fabulous food

    Learn a lot more than I expected and tutors very down to earth the food itself was worth just the visit plus we could take left overs home for later, excellent value , and my son really enjoyed it too , little bit tricky to find so leave a bit earlier to set off, overall 5 star

    11 January 2017

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