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SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Address: Al Fahidi Historic District in Front of Seef Roundabout | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 353 6666
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Ranked #6 of 152 Attractions in Dubai
Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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 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.

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We went for the dinner that is hosted every Tuesday. Despite us turning up late, this was a great experiece and very insightful. There were only seven of us and Yasmine (the host) was great at answering all our questions....the arrival time was 7pm (we arrived at half past) and we ate/talked till almost 9. The food was fairly good...it... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I was very excited about going to this. I even got to the area early and walked around. When you arrive you are asked to take off your shoes and you take a seat. You are served Arabian coffee and dates. We were then introduced to our presenters. Both of them were students. The main one talking was a young... More 

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Bennekom, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Great insight in Islam. Quite an eye opener :-). The 'demonstration' was an hour in which a lot of questions were answered in a very open way. The mosque itself was nice but not overwelmingly beautiful.. I liked it a lot though and am glad I went.

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Kano, Nigeria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The centre is well equipped with cultural and historic facilities. Well designed and educative especially to first time visitors of this beautiful city. Worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Authentic displays and lots of information. Reasonably priced and easy to move through. We spent a lot of time here.

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DxB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A trip to Dubai won't be complete without visiting SMCCU. An organic, wonderful opportunity to learn about the UAE culture, meet and interact with Emirati people and enjoy an authentic meal. This small country has achieved so much within the past few years and no one else can tell its story better than the Emiratis themselves. Strongly recommend!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Located at the corner of the Bastakiya HIstoric Quarters, we were very curious about the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding. For 90AED per person, we enjoyed a traditional lunch, which included a Question & Answer session regarding anything we wanted to talk about relating to UAE culture. This was followed by traditional arabic coffee (Qahwa) and dates.Thank you to... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My family and I took this tour after being 20 days in the UAE. It was definitely worth it. Our guide was kind and open. I think it is an outstanding way of showing us their culture and history and for Muslims to open up and let us explore a little more about their culture. Some people might tell you... More 

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Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

If it is your first time to the middle east or into a Muslim country, this experience is an essential one. It helps grow an understanding and dispel a lot of the myths and wrong perceptions of the Muslim culture as well as the Arab and Emirati culture and history. Definitely make time to enjoy breakfast here, the speaker is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

At 70AED per person for traditional Aramic breakfast, cultural talk and Q & A. All aspects of this were interesting and an experience worth having. Followed by an independent walk around the Bastakiya Historic Quarter.

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