Today’s deal in Dubai is a cultural lunch and short Bastakiya heritage tour
Learn not only about history but about Muslim and UAE culture, customs and traditions
Authentic Emirati cuisine
Includes tour around Bastakiya and Bastakiya mosque
English and Arabic-speaking Emirati host
Ranked 6 out of 83 attractions in Dubai by tripadvisor.com
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The Fine Print
Valid until 19th September 2012
Advance booking by phone or email of 24 hours is required and subject to availability
Children under 12 can go for free
Valid on Sundays and Tuesdays
Cultural lunch from 1 - 2:30pm and tour from 2:30 - 3:30pm
Fun fact: Years ago, the richest in Dubai used to live in Al Bastakiya district in traditional large houses with wind towers. The number of wind towers determine the wealth of a family. The inner doors are usually small so men would have to bend down to enter a house to avoid him facing a woman directly.
Not a history fan? You can be the most uninterested person in Dubai's history but we bet anyone's tastebuds would at least be interested to indulge in an authentic Emirati lunch!
Today's deal is not only an educational tour but also a culinary adventure. Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of Bastakiya, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai with a cultural lunch with Q and A session (value AED 70) and Bastakiya heritage tour (value AED 35), all for AED 50 with Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, saving you 52%.
get your grub on with a cultural lunch
Indulge your tastebuds in a traditional Emirati lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in the ambience of a Bastakiya house, a typical wind tower house. With authentic Emirati dishes and beverages (Arabic coffee, tea and water), enjoy a meal with local flair while chatting with an Emirati host about UAE culture, customs and religion.
feed your soul with a heritage tour and Q&A
Join experienced tour guides for a walk through the unique narrow sikkas and beautiful wind towers that adorn the original residences of this historic district. The tour includes a walk through Bastakiya and a visit to the Bastakiya Mosque.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is a non-profit organisation dedicated to building bridges of cultural understanding among the 200 nationalities visiting and residing in the UAE. Since 1995, SMCCU have achieved this by offering unique activities which raise awareness of the UAE and its traditions, customs, religion and culture. Through programmes such as the Jumeirah Mosque Visit, Bastakiya Heritage Tour, and Cultural Breakfast and Lunch, SMCCU introduces its participants to the Emirates in a friendly, open and relaxed environment with authentic stories, food, and Emirati hospitality.
praises for SMCCU
"The experience was excellent and the informal lecture on Islam and cultural understanding was so interesting and really did dismiss some of the misguided interpretations received from the media. I would defiantly encourage anyone visiting the region to take the time to go to the SMCCU." - DubaiCarolP, tripadvisor
"The SMCCU offers traditional Emirati food and you have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want about the local customs and tradition. A must do." - SteveCeline, tripadvisor
"The heritage tour was wonderful. Our group and two guides spent about an hour and a half wandering around the Bastakiya district looking at replica houses, touring a mosque, and hearing about the history of Dubai. As a Westerner with little to no experience in Islamic history or Middle Eastern cultures, it was an eye-opening experience." - JBATrojan, tripadvisor
"The cultural breakfast or lunch is a great chance to taste home cooked Emirati food and a good chance to interact with the Emirati hosts who are full of interesting information." - theloniuos22, tripadvisor
"The best part of the tour we took was the opportunity to ask any questions. I can't say it was anything new for me religion wise, but the chance to talk to locals ( two tour guides) and ask them sometimes even personal questions (about their families, marriage) was great." - 73duster, tripadvisor