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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 #10 of 202 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I live in Dubai for 7 years and out of them 10 min away from albastakiya/alfahidi area. I knew about the center as I volunteer in the building next door and often cane across the rather unwelcoming and sometimes rude host. Once I was invited to accompany a group of american students of different cultural and religious backgrounds to the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Part of the Bastikaya area of traditional buildings in Bur Dubai. Traditional courtyard, enclosed and hosts Iftars and cultural education during Ramadan. Go and learn about Dubai as it once was and educate yourself on the cultural aspects of the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Best done during winter if you plan to take the walking tour. Best way to get to know the local culture

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Sines, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Was really nice to have a conversation with someone who is a real Emirati (from UAE). The closest to the autentic UAE that I've been. You should be prepared to answer you unconvincingly to some controversial questions about Arab culture.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The cultural experience was diverse in all ways which gave us a true understanding of Dubai and surrounds

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Excellent, worth going at least once. It changes from the other Iftars which are like any other buffet, except you have to hurry up!! Try to fast on the day you go and don't rush on the date and water until when your host has invited you to do so! Good food and typical dishes. Helpful explanations and visit of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

You go inside the mosque and the people are welcoming answering any question imaginable you have a muslims. The dress code is modest, but they will give you a covering.

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Huntervalley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

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 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

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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