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SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Al Fahidi Historic District in Front of Seef Roundabout | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 353 6666
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As featured in Dubai for young kids
Ranked #5 of 197 attractions in Dubai
Type: Educational Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) invites visitors and residents alike to learn about the local culture, customs and... more » Owner description: The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) invites visitors and residents alike to learn about the local culture, customs and religion through its various interactive programmes. SMCCU offers cultural breakfast and lunch, Mosque Tours,Bastakiya Heritage District Tours, and educational courses and programmes for students and adults. « less
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Huntervalley
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A wonderful educational museum about history of Dubai. Various areas depicting life in the desert and progressing through to Dubai as it is today. No steps just ramps leading down to the lower floors.

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Eugene
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

I have no doubt that this is a wonderful experience, if you got to have it at all! My husband and I had been in correspondence with the center before we left the U.S. to make sure we had a spot at the breakfast and walking tour. We left our hotel early to make the 9:00 am time. When we... More

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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was a wonderful experience as part of my induction into the region, organised by my Company. Recommended as a social experience too.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A must do for visits to Dubai. The only place where you can eat real Emirati food in a traditional setting in the Bastakiya, a beautiful part of old Dubai. Recommend especially the Ramadan iftar paired with a walking tour to the local mosque.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was absolutely the best thing we did in Dubai. Not only was it a beautiful spot that feels from the moment you step into it like your setback in time but the young people could not have been nicer. So often people of another culture especially when wrapped in webs feel so unapproachable. All of that washed away by... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A very informative evening and Iftar was tasty and reasonably priced, my only thing is it went on a lot longer than we thought it would, near enough 10pm from 6.30pm, and a few too many people so we felt a bit like lotuses landing when the food was served. All in all a good evening for a one off... More

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Lampang, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was one of the best things I've done in Dubai. It was a great opportunity to learn about Islam and Dubai and they staff were humorous and friendly. We went to an Iftar dinner to break the fast during Ramadan. The food was great. You can go to eat at fancy restaurants in Dubai but never really see re... More

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st.helens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

a briliant experience discovering this "new" world. We didn't expect anything like this and it was a real pleasure to visit this museum...come on just do it

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Before I came here, I had been living in Dubai for several years, and I assumed I would already know most of the things I would be told. I was not bored at all! The staff are so honest and open, the audience are invited to throw any question about dubai, the middle east, religion etc etc, they create an... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The visit to SMCCU was one of the highlights of our trip around the world. A great opportunity to learn from the locals about their customs. The young girl who spoke to us told us we could ask her anything that we liked. She would be happy to answer anything that we asked. I would recommend to all who are... More

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