Last weekend Middlesex University Dubai Student Council and Activities Department organized a trip to bring our international students close to the culture and customs of Dubai and Emirates in general.
International students from Foundation and Year 1 visited The Sheikh Mohammad Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), where a wonderful host, Emirati, Mr. Naseef held an engaging and informative talk, discussing "Open doors, open minds". He gave the students factual and interesting insights on customs, diet, industry and fashion of the UAE.
"His sense of humor was on point" comments Zainab, one of the students. After the talk, students had coffee with dates, a canonical hospitality symbol of Emirati hospitality, which was followed by traditional Emarati sumptuous breakfast. Mr. Naseef explained origins of dishes presented.
The students then took an abra (traditional Arabian Sea boat) ride to the Deira side of Dubai and its port, sightseeing walking the pier; an outdoors activity made possible by Dubai's geographical location.
Having familiarized themselves with Dubai's traditional side, they visited The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, to witness what makes Dubai the shopping capital of the GCC region. After having lunch at this amazing Mall, they were dropped off at the Residences, for a deserved rest, marking the end of a remarkable introductory trip to Dubai.