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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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Ranked #6 of 206 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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Avenel, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

our speaker addressed some of the myths about Dubai then opened the floor to questions and even though one quest was very negative and was spoiling for an argument the host remained polite and gracious under fire. We wanted to know more about the Emirate people and, of course, the culture. We had buffet dinner consisting of the main dishes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Spent a couple of hours here. Very interesting displays. Not an easy life! great area to have a look around the various souks.we caught the local boat over to he gold souk which was only a dirham each

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a real must, you will start to understand they way of Arabic life, living, culture. great insight and set in a perfect location, right on the edge of the creek. If you can take part in one of their cultural breakfasts. a real fasanating couple of hours.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A great way to better understand the culture of Dubai and the Emirates. However, it is not easy to find the exact location. Difficult to find a taxi; have to walked for about 5 minutes and waves for ? minutes for a taxi to my hotel under a HOT HOT sun.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I did only the Mosque tour (although I am tempted by the other tours as well) and I must say that it was surprisingly good. The Mosque in itself is not impressive (small and modest building) but the moderator was great and explained very interesting things about Islam in general and in this region and UAE in particular. I would... More

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Mornington Peninsula, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We wandered in and found there was not much to do or look at but if we had planned better and booked for a cultural lunch, they sound great with Q&A on Islamic culture.

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Pound Ridge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This 2-hour experience offered the best insights into the culture of Dubai and the Emirates. Our "leaders" (two college age women) were informal, informative and accessible. The food was fine but secondary to the generous helping of intercultural understanding served.

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Trento, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Sheikh Mohamed Centre is a great place to learn something about Emirati culture and a good point of departure for discovering the city. I would recommend to take a short Heritage tour (including Mosque visit), or sign up for lunch or dinner in the centre. The people are very friendly and it's a great place to chat with people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were in Dubai for 4d and having seen this was no 1 on trip advisor decided to give it a go. We went for the breakfast session and dahlia was our host, an emirate student who is employed at the centre. She covered a host of subjects including Islam and Christianity, women in emirate society, marriage to name a... More

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

A great opportunity to get to know and understand the Arab Culture. This was my second visit. The staff are wonderful, educated, entertaining and open to any topic. The food is an experience of it's own. Open your mind and take a visit... it is well worth it!

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