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SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

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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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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) invites...
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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This is a great place to visit and learn more about the culture and people of this fantastic Emirate. You can stop by for a coffee morning and a chat, or have a guided tour around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to visit and learn more about the culture and people of this fantastic Emirate. You can stop by for a coffee morning and a chat, or have a guided tour around the oldest part of Dubai, the newly restored Bastakia area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

GO HERE! Every American - or westerner/European should visit Sheikh Mohammed's Center for Cultural Understanding. While the attraction is more cerebral than tactile where you have to read and observe and think rather than have video and "tourist attraction" walk you through this quiet place, the experience is superb. The Arabic / Emirati culture is ancient and rich and peaceful.... More 

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Citta Sant'Angelo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

Dahlia was an amazing tour guide, explaining history, culture, religion, and answering any and all questions. We learned so much, and had so many misconceptions corrected. Also, book the lunch which features great food and mor opportunity to ask questions.

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Geelong Bellarine, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Wonderful! I would recommend this tour for Day 1 of your visit to Dubai if you can arrange it. I really enjoyed the opportunity to have a professionally guided tour from Arabian Adventures through this excellent heritage village. We were lucky to have a personal tour with a explanation of all that we viewed on a one on one basis.... More 

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Pyongyang, North Korea
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

First off, I am no fan of Islam, but I went there (part of my job to get to know Dubai) hoping to learn something I didn't know before. Instead I was served a disgustingly cold breakfast, and what's worse, being subject to almost an hour of "enlightening" discussion about Islam by someone truly arrogant and full of himself. A... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A fantastic insight into Emirati culture. We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. We visited during Ramadan and learned a lot.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This visit reveals some history of Dubai and how some of the early culture has sustained until the present day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I went to the morning tour of the old village and mosque led by Dahlia, a lovely college student who is so outgoing and knowledgeable. We walked the village, toured a traditional home of the past, visited the mosque, and ended the tour with coffee and dates back at the centre while we asked copious questions about dating life, women... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Went to the SMCCU as a part of the Seawings Lifestyle Heritage Tour. Had a great meal and enjoyed an intelligent, thoughtful engagement with two young Emirati people who were willing to answer any questions the group asked, A truly excellent experience,.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

very interesting, a well delivered presentation, giving one much to think about.It was intersting to hear about Islam from a female perspective.

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.