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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

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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 must do for visitors and locals

Would recommend for all visitors to Dubai to learn all about the local culture and the opportunity to ask all the burning questions you may have ! I have visited a few times now... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Would recommend for all visitors to Dubai to learn all about the local culture and the opportunity to ask all the burning questions you may have ! I have visited a few times now and you also get the chance to try the authentic food and traditions.

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Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A must for the first time visitor to understand not only about Islam but the cultural heritage of the UAE. The SMCCU provides tours and lectures on the UAE and other aspects of living now and in the past within the UAE

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Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is easily a hidden gem in Dubai. We have so many questions for people who live in the Emirates but who do you ask? SMCCH! Go for a meal, ask your questions and make new friends. The entire staff are like you long lost friends, make the time and go!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you are a cultural tourist, this centre is a hidden Dubai gem, somewhat overshadowed by the towering presence of Burj Khalifa or Dubai Mall. If shopping isn't your forte and you would like to understand more about the Middle East, whether its religious or cultural facets, you must not miss all the activities offered by this centre. For a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I experienced the Iftar last night and thoroughly enjoyed the night. It was laid back, informative and interesting. The experience in the Mosque is highly recommended for westerners and the food and presenters were excellent. The only slight spoilers were several presenting staff had strong north american accents (which was explained adequately) and we also left feeling... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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467 helpful votes 467 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

In contrast to all the other fake attractions that the Government built (that lacked originality and sense) this one its by far the best and the most interesting. A cultural center built by the Ruler of Dubai to "educate" (in some sense) and share the traditions of the Emirate to the foreigners and tourists. Don't get me wrong, I liked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

great place to hear about arabic culture and origins of lot of things for people doesnt know much about islamic and arab traditions delivered in simpe nice organised way - sometimes lunch is served if not arabic coffee and dates is amust there and all should taste

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We attended the iftar meal at the Center and had a great experience. We were really not sure what to expect, but not only was the food delicious - the staff went out of their way to really explain the experience and answer individual questions. The setting in historic Al Fahidi is great and a highlight was also the trip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I really enjoyed my time here - it was very interesting. It was an open floor concept, where they welcome what ever questions you have. Gave us all a much better insight to the Muslim way of life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A place to learn about the local culture and what is Islam. The conductors are so professional and have a vast knowledge to give you A-Z information. Have a traditional meal with them to wind up your experience.

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Address: 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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