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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 #3 of 111 Attractions in Dubai
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

SMCCU is a perfect place to go and learn about what Dubai was like and its origin. The historical breakfast and the tours were amazing. Good history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I enjoyed learning so much about the Emarati Culture and Islam religion. You can ask the host any question you like including personal questions about the culture and religion and she will answer you honestly.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Perfect occasion to visit the bastakiya area with galleries and cafes. Emiratis students inform about the islam and talk about their habits to celebrate ramadan. We had a nice lunch together with local food and visited the mosque nearby.

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Tiburon, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We enjoyed our tour and lunch, billed as a chance to interact with locals. "Locals" turned out to be one young Emirati woman, extremely well spoken, who discussed a wide range of Dubai life from her point of view and put a rosy spin on everything. She was very entertaining, and we learned a tremendous amount even filtering out the... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The opposite of a dull and predictable talk about Emirati culture, the breakfast session we experienced at SMCCU was entertaining, informative and incredibly engaging. Using humour and stories, our host had the audience in the palm of his hand! Breakfast was one of the most enjoyable and authentic in our whole time in Dubai. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was worth our time. Very interacting session. Food was great. Learnd a lot about the arabic culture from Seikh Mohammed. He is open and willing to share his opinion about almost everything in a very entertaining way.

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worcestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

we enjoyed this one, lots of little places to explore. Alcoves with suprises waiting for you great crafts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It was a very memorable experience for me to recommend it to any visiting friends and family to participate in their Brunch program! It is a very informative and educational session, it really is open door open minds as all sorts of questions, concerns, doubts, feedback are welcomed and accepted and answered until you are satisfied. It really helps you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I cannot praise SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding more. I have visited the center many times with groups of delegates who have attended my conferences. From the moment you experience first contact the center their staff who handle the reservation to the guides who show you around the center are extremely professional, polite and very friendly. I had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This place is part of the complex of old buildings in the Al Fahidi district, each of which is well worth a tour. We signed up, paid up, and thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour with our guide, a well-informed and committed college student, then joined her for a sit-down Q&A session over dates and Arabic coffee in the main sitting... More 

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