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“cultural lunch”(46 reviews)
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The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) invites visitors and residents alike to learn about the local culture, customs and religion through its various interactive programmes under the banner and motto of the centre, "Open...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Creek
+971 4 353 6666
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a welcoming, friendly, and calming place to visit. I’d had a row with a taxi driver, was very late and not, but was made to feel so welcome by the lovely reception staff. The speaker in the mosque gave a wonderful,presentation of the...More

Thank mdearth
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour was the greatest learning experience I have ever had in any country in such a short space of time. While eating a beautiful homemade lunch our questions were answered by a very knowledgeable Emirati women. She answered everyone's questions in the most truthful...More

Thank Muriel M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked this as part of a conference I organised. The tour was brilliant and by far the best part of Dubai for me being in the old town

Thank peterwA743AD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience here! I learned a lot about the people, the culture and the food here. I recommend anyone going to Dubai to visit.

Thank Desta M
Reviewed 6 October 2018

well worth the trip and the entrance fee when you go to see the mosque. a very informative hour. they answer questions that get asked at the end of the presentation

Thank hunglow
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed the cultural lunch and the talk given by our hosts. Only draw back was a tour group of ? Teenagers visiting who obviously had no interest to be there and sat off to the side and talked through the presentation and spent their...More

Thank PerthPloppy
Reviewed 1 October 2018

We have joined the Emirati food trip, and it was great visit. the Arabic man explained all the traditional habits, along with the traditional food which was very good test. it is nice to try the city live style. recommended to visit.

Thank Silvia R
Reviewed 19 September 2018

This was a spent couple of hours. We learned so very much about the culture of the people of Dubai. We had a nice lunch that was made with recipes from the area.

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Reviewed 18 September 2018

Went for a lunch excursion with a large group. Overall found very interesting. Some of the information shared seemed a little rehearsed, however enjoyed the experience and the food was tasty.

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Have any questions about the Emirati culture or just keen to hear from a local what it is like living in Dubai (with a few great stories thrown in) - highly recommend to visit, make sure you book as there are several tour groups going...More

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the
air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders
call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the
place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to
uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really
began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one
of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily
recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original
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2 September 2018|
Response from tripofeterns | Reviewed this property |
I think its yes because they do have a lot of rooms nearby with lockers. As well nearby they do have oriental house hotel which is 3 star and you can leave there, not really expensive 250 AED which in $ approx 69-75 USD.
Scarlett P
7 May 2018|
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Response from 4u2c2017 | Reviewed this property |
Good afternoon, Museum hours, 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that it is now Ramadan timings here in the UAE. Tourists can visit the Museum for Iftar dinner in the evenings during this time... More
Qurat A
6 March 2017|
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Response from Joe V | Reviewed this property |
we did not eat there, we were allowed to do a walking tour through the entire complex. Found it very easy to walk around and it was quite interesting. No charge