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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 #3 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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Lampang, Thailand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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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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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It was 10 DHS to enter the SMCCU. It was a very worthwhile experience as you learned a lot about the Islam religion. The guides were very friendly and informative.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went as a group of six for brunch session. Excellent time. very informative discussion, open and honest answers. Well presented. Brunch was excellent and all the dihes tasty

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. We had a young Emirate girl take us for a tour, including a visit to the mosque, then we had tea and dates over a discussion about her life, and what she expects from the future. No questions were out of bound and we learned so much. I would thoroughly recommend this.

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Boulder
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We attended a free tour of the mosque here, and found it very worth the time. It helped us understand the tenets of Islam and the local culture. We learned about the basic beliefs of Muslims, their prayer practices, some of the local history, among other things. I was wearing a head scarf, shirt, and capris (capris because it was... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We tried the Cultural breakfast and was not disappointed - we learned so much about the UAE culture and tried the local breakfast spread. The host was so funny and articulate. Two thumbs up! definitely a must in your Dubai itinerary!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My family and I went for the Tour and Lunch at the SMCCU. The tour around the center was okay, but we really enjoyed the Mosque visit. The best part of the trip was the lunch with the Emirati gentleman. He had such a great sense of humor and was willing to answer any question. I would recommend everyone to... More

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