The time to explore Dubai has come – As I mentioned on my previews posting, The Dubai Tourism Board did an excellent job on taking care of my attractions so I was able to maximize my one day trip to Dubai. I was very excited to get to know Dubai and visit some of the attractions that everyone gets to do while visiting. Though I would have liked my visit to be longer so I could have experience more, these three attractions recommended by the Tourism Board were the highlight of my visit. They made sure I got every bit of information in regards of culture, lifestyle, learning about the Arabic Culture, followed by some history and ending the day with an Adrenaline rush. Be sure to visit the Dubai Tourism Board website for more information.
We came to the conclusion of covering three major attractions during my trip in which I will outline below. On Today’s installment I will be sharing my experience of the first one I got to do that day.
- Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding
- The Burj Khalifa – Tallest building in the World
- Platinum Heritage – Safari Tour
As you can see, I got to do a little of everything during my visit which was perfectly planned with the right amount of time spent at each location without being rushed – My tip of advice is for you not to rush through any of this attractions, they are some of the “must do and visit” attractions so taking your time to maximize your stay and visit it’s vital for you to really live the adventure and soak in the vibe of the attractions.
The drive from my hotel to the SMCCU was just 5 minutes away and upon arrival I was super excited to see how unique the structure of the building is and the grounds of it.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding
The main entrance of the Cultural Center.
Within the grounds of this incredible place you will also find a section where you are able to learn Arabic Calligraphy as they provided Arabic Classes for you to learn – I didn’t get to do this but this is something I will definitely be considering on doing on my next visit to learn the basics of Arabic.
If you would like more info on that – Be sure to check the following link for more information and book your class for your upcoming visit: Arabic Classes Information.
Upon arrival to the Cultural Center I was greeted by the friendly staff working and I was well on my way to where I was going to be learning about the Arabic Culture. The first thing you are required to do when entering is to remove your shoes, which is super important to respect the grounds and where the food will be. This is fascinating because I was not expecting to try the local food and what the Arabic culture usually has for breakfast and I was super excited to try the local flavor along with their coffee and much more. The facility is perfectly kept, spotless in every section and super well organized. They do take great pride on maximizing the guest experience.
On behalf from the SMCCU here is more information about what I got to experience
Join us for a traditional Emirati breakfast or lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in the ambience of our wind tower house. Located in the Al Bastakiya trading village in the Al Fahidi Historic District, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai. Enjoy a meal with local flair while chatting with an Emirati host about UAE culture, customs and religion.
Breakfast is hosted every Monday & Wednesday at 10:00am AED 80 per person ($21).
Lunch is hosted every Sunday & Tuesday at 1:00pm AED 90 per person.
Cultural Dinner every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm AED 100 per person.
Cultural Brunch every Saturday at 10:30am AED 100 per person.
If you would like to make your booking, be sure to visit the following link.
Lets take a look inside and see how gorgeous the facility was along with the great presentation being offered to us – The Guest.
After all the attendees arrived to the breakfast – The presenter from the UMCCU to greet us and welcome us into cultural center. She is a student and she is been working at this center for a few years, it became her full time job after being an intern. She was fantastic, friendly and very attentive for us to enjoy our time and teaching us about the arabic culture. It all started when we were greeted with Arabic coffee, teaching us the basics of it, how to drink it, how to turn down coffee when we don’t want coffee anymore and what does it mean when the cup of coffee is filled up all the way. It was fascinating to learn about this but first, lets take a look at the following video as the coffee is being poured.
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When the coffee is being poured half way into the cup – They are welcoming you into their home or where ever you are. When the coffee is poured all the way to the top, it means this is your only cup and then it is your time to go home after you drink it. When you no longer want coffee, out of respect you will just do a few shakes to the cups and put it down. That will let the person know that you no longer want coffee. One of the great things I learned on how to handle arabic coffee and the process of it.
Breakfast Time at the Cultural Center
Shortly after coffee, it was time for breakfast. Prior to breakfast – We got a brief but a very informative rundown of the breakfast and what the food is about. I will not spoil everything I had to eat, though the food was simply incredible and delicious. It was also my first time trying date syrup and it was delicious. Normally, if you are invited into dinner – The person who cooked the food is the one in charge of serving the food to you, it is part of that culture to that and I find it to be an incredible approach. You can eat as much as you want with nothing to worry about, if you like a particular dish more than another – you are free to continue to have more.
Tea Time after breakfast
Shortly after breakfast and as we were all asking questions and getting to know more of the culture, lifestyle and business aspect of things within the Middle East, tea time came around and I was very excited. As a true tea fanatic, I was looking forward to trying the arabic tea and it was my first time getting to try it. The gentleman who served us the coffee came around to pour us our tea and we had the option to add sugar cubes if wanted to. I am not big on sugar but I decided to give it a go and added to cubes of sugar and the taste was just right. Not too bitter, not too sweet just right. Tea is also used to an easier digestion after breakfast. I found myself having two cups of tea after breakfast and I completely satisfied with everything I tried and had during my time at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding.
My overall experience and thoughts at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding
Needless to say, it was an incredible experience at the cultural center. The beauty of traveling its just not to travel but the true beauty of it is getting to experience the local flavor, connecting with the locals and experiencing the lifestyle they have on a regular basis. The cultural center went far and beyond to make my experience a one of kind experience and it was truly was a memorable time as I found myself saying “This is my first time”. Creating new memories around the World is an ultimate goal of mine specially when I get to do things that are super highlighted within that Country. Last but not least, The SMCCU offers other exciting activities and tours within Dubai.
Have you done any other tours at the Cultural Center, if so..Which one did you get to experience?