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“Breakfast or Lunch Cultural Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Juma Al Majid Heritage and Culture Center

Juma Al Majid Heritage and Culture Center
Hor Al Anz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
04-2262499
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Ranked #97 of 197 attractions in Dubai
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“Breakfast or Lunch Cultural Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This is located in the Basktaya Heritage Area. We made a lunch reservation the day before, so I don't think you have to plan too far ahead. Everyone sits on cushions or the floor to eat.while a speaker answers questions. Food was good, it did last about two hours and I was not totally satisfied with all the explanations, such as it would be nice to cover yourself if you are a woman and have a bad hair day.

Visited January 2013
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“Understanding a different POV”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

We went to the Heritage and Cultural Center for the Basktaya Heritage tour and lunch. The atmosphere was interesting and open. About 15 tourists sitting on a carpet around a table and a local speaker. The speaker was an Emirat muslim who had lived in the US for 25 years and worked in IT in North Carolina, had teenager kids born in the US and decided to return to UAE (probably to protect some serious investments) with his entire family. He understood and was comfortable with western culture and at the same time wore the traditional white robe and hat ( and told us his wife wore the full black robe). He talked to us for about 1 hr about the cultural reasons behind many of the 'islam' rules. It was interesting to hear how most rules did not derive directly from the Koran, were not a product of religion but the result of traditions. At times even a fashion statement, although I am still not convinced that women feel more comfortable behind their head-to-toe black cover... even trying to convince me would require a much longer and deeper discussion on why women are so insecure that they need to hide from society in that way. Men are not THAT important to us! We, westerners, of course mostly listened and tried to ask a few provoking questions without pushing the subject too much.

I don't think any westerner, especially woman, could walk out of that lunch accepting the very superficial justifications given but at the same time it was an interesting experience and a positive step towards understanding each other.

And the food was good

Visited March 2012
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