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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
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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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Nice way to learn

This is a good way to learn more about Dubai and its history. It may be a bit hot, but you learn a lot and the rest of your stay in Dubai will leave you even more impressed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a good way to learn more about Dubai and its history. It may be a bit hot, but you learn a lot and the rest of your stay in Dubai will leave you even more impressed.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went there with my daughter who lives in Dubai and wanted to help me understand the cultural and historical heritage of the area. We visited the site in a group and were allocated a very well informed and versatile guide. He told us about the beginning of the settlement starting with the bedouins of the desert who traveled for... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here for a cultural lunch - they also do breakfasts and dinners. Was 90dirums but good value for money. The food was excellent and varied and we sampled various drinks too. The host was a young girl who was still at university but spoke clearly and knowledgeably. We were invited to ask any questions and lots were asked plus... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you have any questions about Dubai or the Muslim faith this is an excellent place to visit. You can ask anything to the tour guide who enjoys talking about the UAE and religion with all his heart. Very beautiful. Very traditional. Great place to visit without the tourist hype.

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Healing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited to find out how to plan our visit to Jumeirah mosque and to find out what other programs they offer - walks, Emirati traditional meals and visits

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So far I have experienced 2 of the product which SMCCU provides- Jumeirah Mosque Tour and the Cultural Lunch, and both of their products are more than amazing ! The guides who were giving the talk are extremely knowledgeable and are willing to answer any question! The topics covered are quite curious and reveal common misconception about Muslim culture and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our host guiding us through this cultural experience was absolutely superb. He challenged us to ask questions about anything to do with their culture and religion. He addressed all the questions in a frank, open and quite often humorous discussion. A typical question was why did the muslim women have to cover themselves in black. He said that it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The SMCCU is a great option for those that want to immerse themselves in the local culture a bit more. Since Emiratis make up such a minority among the total population of Dubai, it was nice to be able to speak to people about how they are working to preserve their heritage. Excellent food and goes a long way to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended the presentation, and the lunch too. You get a little history, experience a bit of the mosque, have many of your culture questions answered, learn something about the food, and have a good lunch.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking to explore Emirati culture, religion and life then the Centre will give you the opportunity to do so in an open way. Visit a mosque and share a meal with your guide (ours was Nasif Kayed) with the opportunity to ask any question you wish on any aspect of Emirati life. Nasif was entertaining, open and... More 

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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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