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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 207 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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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Our friend who lives in Dubai attended this session previously and found this very good. So he took us to a session Saturday morning. The presenter is a true Emirati lady who went to a local international school so she speaks American English. I saw someone said the session was from American in other review, but that person probably misunderstood... More

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Sad, but in such place we were expected to see local emirati host as mentioned in their brochures. But in fact we got to learn about emirati culture from an american lady wearing abaya..

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Tampa, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

For first timers to the region, this is an informative way to get to know the culture - as a long time resident, it was very interesting.

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Burgas, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We have attended the Heritage Tour and stayed very impressed by the experience. The lecturer was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. He explained about their religion, habits and the history of Dubai in a fascinating way. It is a must to do in Dubai. Do not miss it!

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A really unique experience, where you meet local Emiratis in a traditional home that is converted into this center, and speak with them about their culture, everyday life, as well as their perspective on anything you are curious of (politics, marriage, religion, etc). I would recommend this as the best activity in Dubai to any visitors.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We were so happy to learn more about Islam/Muslim culture at this location. Our minds opened up from this experience. While previously I questioned why women wear abayas and walk behind their husbands, I now understand. I encourage others to attend an event here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

We went on Tuesday morning for the question and answer session and the Gentleman who ran the session was both funny , informative and relevant and had so much charisma and charm whilst remaining humble. He clearly is a very intelligent and worldly man who is comfortable with Muslims and non Muslims. A great concept and would be my number... More

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Silver Spring
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Went with a group of 50. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgable. Had a great breakfast meal and learned about the culture and history of the UAE and Dubai. A must for all visitors.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The introduction and talk were well done -- very friendly, educational and easy to understand. The guide did a very good job of explaining some basics of Islam and there was a significant time allowed for Questions and Answers. The mosque is lovely, inside and out. Conservative dress is necessary; thankfully, they provided some local garments for tourists who showed... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Easily accessible by abra along the dubai creek and is located on the bur dubai side. This center is ideal if you have specific questions on ISlam and the bedouin way of life. Please book in advance on the website available on google and follow the timings and calendar events. My personal recommendation is to go for the cultural breakfast... More

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