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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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The tour is really nothing special. You see some buildings and learn about how they designed the buildings to be wind tunnels. The best part was the question answer period... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The tour is really nothing special. You see some buildings and learn about how they designed the buildings to be wind tunnels. The best part was the question answer period with our guide. It was refreshing to get a different view point about Islam other than from ISIS. Our guide was very open and willingly to answer questions. "No, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

If there is one thing I would do in Dubai, it's the cultural breakfast at the SMCCU. I lived in Dubai for 3 years and there were 2 things I always showed visitors and which I never ever got tired of: the desert and the cultural breakfast. (the rest I tried to delegate!) At the cultural breakfast or lunch you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Got the introduction - and while OK it was really not anything that gave us a deeper understanding or feeling of anything special - the grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a lot more impressive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Seeing and understanding how their residentials have evolved and the life style was a good experience. But there were nobody arround as a guide when we were wandering arround.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I lovedd this day soo much!! The explanantions, the food, the enviroment, the sweet lady informing us. They even gave me a Qoran for free when I asked for more information as I was interested to keep learming about the religion. Great and diffferent day, I totally recommend it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We popped in for a look around as we followed a walk recommended by national geographical. There was no charge to look around and the lady on the desk asked if we would be joining them for lunch. It was 90 Dirham per person and we would have liked to have experienced the traditional Arabic food which was just being... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We booked in for the cultural breakfast. On arrival we were told there was an English film crew that would be taping that day. It was ok. We did have to sit at the back as they would not allow children around the main area. The food was different and very good. The speaker was excellent. Went into great detail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We booked a dinner in SMCCU. It was an amazing experience!!! We tried a traditional arabic food, coffe,tea and learn so much about culture and people life in UAE. I recommend everyone, you find free time to stop here and experience it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I spent a morning here exploring cultural history. Our guide, Dalia, was amazing. We explored the traditional houses of the area and discussed the rapid progress which has taken place in the Emirates. I'd read a lot of history of the area, so it was wonderful to see it in person, and I highly recommend taking time to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The weekly breakfast is an interesting experience and a good opportunity to learn more about traditional bedouin food and islam. The setting and offering are very humble (the bedouins did not have much to eat!) so go there open minded and learn a few things for an hour or so.

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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.