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Key facts about MEET THE LOCALS

Culture: the whole business highlights UAE’s culture and hospitality when it comes to welcoming tourists and expats to the country

Tours & Learning: anyone who is interested to learn about UAE’s culture and have a tour of all the cultural places around the country, they do customized tours for individuals too

Abdullah Al Matar


Abdulla; is a social entrepreneur that loves travelling and passionate about meeting other cultures. He transferred his passion into being the Co-Founder of Meet The Locals; a unique culture, tourism and social enterprise created thousands of interactions between expats and the local community. MTL plans to strategically enhance the tourist journey in the UAE & promote sustainable tourism all over the Emirates. Abdulla is an HR expert worked in different multicultural organizations such as Emirates Group. He is sparing his time at the moment to invest in empowering and training UAE nationals to be competent Tour Guides & Cultures’ experts.

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Khadija Behzad


Khadija Behzad is an Emirati female driven by creativity and innovation. Her passion leads her to continuously pursuit skills & knowledge to break current status-quo and grasp more challenges. She has always been a pioneer in sharing her experiences locally and globally, such as ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) and Higher Colleges of Technology - Dubai Women’s College Entrepreneurship Club.

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Meet the mentors

Tarek Fouad