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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 #5 of 189 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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Canada, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The centre is being run to promote the Arabic culture where by knowledge is shared from all perspective of life in UAE. We partook in the breakfast meal and this was wonderful. We had an open sesssion for questions which was very well articulated.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The lady who gave the talk was very entertaining and we were able to ask any questions we liked about family life and culture. We then had a traditional Arabic dinner, my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would recommend that you allow plenty of time (at least 1 1/2 hours to get across Dubai city for dinner... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We attended the brunch with our two children. While it was a little slow for them (ages 10 and 9), they did provide space for the kids to play while the adults listened to the discussion. Three young Emirate gave their personal perspectives on the culture - the young woman was particularly eloquent. They allowed for any question and nothing... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The breakfast meal we attended was superb. Food could not be surpassed and was more than enough for all who attended. The elegant gent who spoke and flowed with cultural understanding was definitely elegant, but I found his answers to questions wandering and vague to say the least. His point of view I would say, but he is entitled to... More

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Scot in the MIdlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I organise an annual school visit to Dubai and for the past four years, the SMCCU has been a staple of the trip. It is too easy to overlook the local culture in the face of the myriad opportunities for conspicuous consumption and a visit here is a super antidote. The tour of the Bastikiya neighbourhood is an eye-opener, and... More

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Bermuda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We did the Heritage Tour and the Cultural Lunch. Communication with them during the booking process was excellent. The tour and lunch were very informative and we learned a lot. Since there are so few local people in Dubai, if it had not been for this experience I feel we would be missed so much and come and gone without... More

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Ustka, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

SMCCU wa very good as we got to enjoy the culture of the arabic people. It was nice to see how they prepare food and answer our questions about culture and islam

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This wonderful cultural centre requires a highly elevated scholar to make tourist to understand the Balance of its wonderful culture, values and its indegenious people combined with worldly advancement - Having a teenage or a young individual who gave hap hazard statment to some of the questions sure was a disappointment. I was hoping to learn more about theirculture which... More

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SMCCUDubai, Manager at SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

We always welcome visitors comments about their experience at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Our aim is to present the traditions, culture and religion in an authentic and accurate manner, delivered by a local host from their point of view. Our public sessions attract of a variety of guests from all over the world young and old and... More

La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

An elegant woman descended the stair to our waiting area wrapped in her black gown. She not only was exquisitely informative but spoke in flawless Minnesota flavor speech. Yes she grew up not far from me in Minnesota. Amazingly small world

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

As an expat, this is one of the best places to go to actually learn about the local culture and to experience Dubai. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly and willing to talk about anything. We went for the dinner tour--wow--it's yummy and a great price. Highly recommend going.

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