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Address: Al Mussallah Road | House 26, Al Fahidi District, 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 under the banner and motto of the centre, "Open doors. Open minds.". The SMCCU offers Cultural Breakfast Monday & Wednesday at 10am, Cultural Lunch Sunday and Thursday at 1pm, Dinner every Tuesday night at 7pm and Saturday Brunch at 10:30am. We also offer Tours of the historic district every Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday at 10:30am and Saturday at 9am which include a visit inside the Mosque at the Ruler's Court. We also offer educational courses and programmes for students and adults, and arrange private group tours and cutlural events for your groups and institutions. Pre booking and reservations can be made on our website or by contacting our offices directly.
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A friend suggested we visit this place and am really glad we did. They feed you local food, but also explain the Muslim religion to tourists, including a visit to the Mosque. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I thought this would be one of our tirp highlights. Nothing could have been further from happening. We arrived for an Iftar dinner which was PACKED. There wasn't enough seating and when the meal was served the staff is suppose to engage with the audience for 1:1 conversation to help you understand their culture. No one ever approached us because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A friend suggested we visit this place and am really glad we did. They feed you local food, but also explain the Muslim religion to tourists, including a visit to the Mosque. I felt like I gained a new perspective and they are open to all kinds of questions. I certainly didn't agree with everything, but it was educational. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We truly lucked out and were allowed in at the very last minute without a reservation, having had no luck over the phone since it was Ramadan, a very busy time. We found the main speaker funny and entertaining. A delicious feast was shared by all and a visit inside the mosque. Q&A session afterwards. I recommend it for newcomers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We attend an Iftar here during Ramadan and it was a fantastic experience and I thoroughly recommend this to both visitors and expats. It was lovely to share the evening with local Emirati's who were only to happy to answer any of our questions and share their knowledge with us. It was a very insightful evening and I came away... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This was a wonderful place to visit. Highly recommend going here when in the area, people are friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a wonderful time there and learned a lot about Muslim religion. We we able to go into the mosque and also view the old buildings on the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We took our two children along to the cultural Iftar held during Ramadan. All of us found the evening very enlightening. Volunteers were very friendly and welcoming, food was interesting and authentic, and being able to sit and watch the call to prayer from within the mosque was an incredibly special experience. We learnt a lot about the Emirati culture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

SMCCU is the best venue to understand the UAE Culture abd Heritage. Its located in the heart of old city Bastakiya. The leader or the guides gives you a live speech and you can raise your questions to them, they answer you in a very clear and polite way. And don't miss to book for cultural lunch or breakfast awesome... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went to the evening dinner there. It was a bit expensive but very interesting. We sat on cushions and helped ourselves to a buffet meal on the floor in the middle. A young Moslem women chatted about her lifestyle and answered everyone's questions in a very casual atmosphere. The food was fine but the chat was the highlight.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

As you should more than likely expect, with Dubai being so young, this lovely little quaint museum is small, welcoming, slightly interesting but an event done within half hour tops before boredom kicks in. I feel bad saying this - I really did have a nice time reading about culture etc and if you take a walk around the surrounding... More 

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Address: Al Mussallah Road | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 353 6666
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Creek
Average Prices: USD 9 - 9

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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.
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