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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 109 Attractions in Dubai
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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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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Lacey, WA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

I took 4 visitors to the Cultural Breakfast at the SMCCU for 70aed per person and was amazed! The setting is authentic (beside the creek and Dubai Museum) the host for the day who was a college student (emirate female) was both educated, knowledgeable, unfazed by the questions which varied in nosiness lol and had a great sense of humour!... More

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Lingfield, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Not so much a tour, but a 1 hour chat about the pillars of Islam and Islamic culture. Thoroughly enjoyable and very interesting.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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18 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Its ideal to start your Old dubai exploration from the SMCCU. Its perfectly located just in the heart of the old town. I had the Sunday lunch here, while the food as such was not the greatest, but the atmosphere as such and listening to questions being asked from the guide made for an interesting hour. The dates and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Been to SMCCU thre times so far and love it everytime! The talks are funny and interesting and they put you at ease to query anything about Emirati culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was an enriching experience. We love it. It is great to enjoy food and share oinions and clarify misunderstandings

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manila
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I always wanted to take a glimpse of the history of dubai PROS: - many stuff to see - a very photogenic place... (lots of photo op places) CONS: - we arrived on a date where there were lotsa areas closed off or being renovated - no guides to tell you to go where -signs are scarce as to where... More

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

My husband and two of our friends were only in Dubai for 2 full days. On our last day, we decided to go to the Cultural Breakfast. We did not know what to expect, but boy were we pleased that we went. Our guide was very knowledgeable in both Emirati culture, but also in other cultures of the world. He... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It is not easy to find. Asking directions doesn't work well either as the local people don't seem to know where it is. But we did finally find it after walking in circles for an hour and it was well worth it. We attended a lunch in which a UAE citizen who works with the center joins the group to... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We visited for the cultural meal. Having printed a Google map before we left the UK (no phone service in Dubai) we thought we would find the centre. We got lost, there weren't any street signs for the SMCCU and the people we asked hadn't heard of it. When we did arrived the evening was excellent. The host was very... More

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