About

Who Are Meet The Locals?
We are the locals!  Our families have flourished in the peaceful lands of the United Arab Emirates for hundreds of years, creating a unique culture of hospitality.  Among us you will find natives from the 7 Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras-Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al-Quwain; each with their own distinct heritage.  Together we bring you the story of the UAE, our home. Our home is your home, and you are always welcome – let’s get to know each other!

What Is Meet The Locals?
We provide opportunities for expats and visitors in the UAE to enjoy our famed Emirati hospitality, immerse themselves in authentic Emirati cultural experiences and engage in open and honest conversations with Emirati’s.

Meet The Locals is a Majlis for expats and locals to connect, interact and learn about each other’s cultures with respect and understanding.

All of our events are created in collaboration with our visitors, to offer a warm, welcoming environment for people to make themselves at home and ask the questions that have always been on their mind!

As well as our regular events, we also create bespoke tours tailored to your individual curiosity. Let us know what you’re looking to learn.

How does Meet The Locals work?
Meet The Locals are a team of local Emirati volunteers and certified tour guides who are interested in sharing their culture with visitors and expats through carefully curated events, tours and packages.  We each have a unique experience, and our own piece of history that will make your experience personal and precious.

Attendees will not only be able to converse with Emirati nationals, but also engage all five senses by tasting our traditional foods, hearing our traditional poems and music, smelling our fragrances and perfumes, touching our traditional items and seeing the passion with which we share our culture.

Why Was Meet The Locals Created?
Our country has one of the most diverse and beautiful mix of people on earth. It is a global hub that has always been a vibrant center for travel and trade. But, there is far more to our land than sun, sand and shiny buildings.  Each of the 7 Emirates that make up the UAE hold their own marvels, and we would like to take you on a journey to explore the real secrets that make our home so special.

“Tolerance is no catchphrase, but a quality we must cherish and practice. It must be woven into the fabric of our society to safeguard our future and maintain the progress we have made.”

– His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, UAE

Vision

To create open channels of communication, understanding and respect between different cultures around the world through mutually enriching experiences.

Mission

Our mission is to share authentic Emirati cultural experiences, led by Emirati nationals with people living in or visiting the UAE

Values 

Authenticity and Determination
We believe with all our hearts, that it is our responsibility to share the wealth of captivating traditions that make up the UAE’s culture and heritage.  Meet The Locals is an initiative led by a carefully selected team of local volunteers passionate about pursuing this authentic purpose with care and consideration.

Equality and Respect
We promote a culture of equality and respect at every touchpoint of the Meet The Locals experience.  Our events are a safe haven of openness and understanding where we ensure that every attendee is respected by both our team and their fellow attendees.

Atmosphere
Our goal is to create a friendly, relaxed environment, where curiosity and open questions are encouraged.  Our casual approach empowers everybody to learn together authentically with honest and accurate information.

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