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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
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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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Interesting but was too dark for my wife who has a visual impairment and struggled through the exhibits.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting but was too dark for my wife who has a visual impairment and struggled through the exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

One of the highlights of my trip, loved it and recommend everybody a visit for better understanding their culture and history. It was well organized, informative, ready to answer sll the quedtions, funny and the food delicious! Grateful for the experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

its a beautiful centre by the ruler of Dubai, mostly targeting the foreigner who would like to know about our traditions.. everything is taught from the basis of eating to greeting.. I think there's also always free Emirati breakfast served in a tradiotional sitting manner on the floor. beautiful.............

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

good place.. get to know about local culture .. tourist place.. must visit place for a vacation in dubai..

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went to visit and was told that we couldn't go in as the was a private event, however we could go and wait outside for an hour and come back but would only have a couple of hours till it was closed again for another private function. Suggestions, either close for 1-3pm and do private functions then or close on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Must see place if you love history! an amazing experience to look in Dubai History very well preserved and nice way to learn about culture of dubai or i would say Gulf culture! `

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of my favorite "things-to-do" in Dubai! First we went on a small-group tour of the Old Quarter (Bastakia), where our guide explained the whys and hows of the traditional houses--why there's a small doorway (privacy for the women) within a big doorway (big enough for camels to enter) to the houses and how air vents cool the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Attended the Ramadan 101 session which was very well organised and informative about the do's and don'ts during the month of Ramadan. I went a second time for an evening iftar. This was a very informative and culturally enriching experience. Well organised and attended. Make sure you book your tickets in advance. I would highly recommend this as a must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great place to spend a few hours. Our family did the lunch which was very good value for money and the talk was very interesting - allowed us to ask lots of questions....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Worth spend a morning listening to an orientation of local custom & culture while enjoying traditional meal & tea. Feel relax overall in the old part of the city.

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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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