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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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The people here were great, giving us a great understanding and insights into why Emiraties do things a certain way, even if they appear odd at first. Very open to questions of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Grapevine, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The people here were great, giving us a great understanding and insights into why Emiraties do things a certain way, even if they appear odd at first. Very open to questions of any kind, and left a very memorable experience. Try to do both the Heritage Tour and Lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

definately worth a visit, one of the few places that has a bit of history and is not just shiny and new in the genital measuring size contest. After reading the Sheiks book, Their thinking, whilst not revolutionary, is pretty damn forward thinking.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Loved the food and experience. Easy trip out by private transfer. We wont on a public holiday so alcohol was not served at dinner but to be honest this was not a big deal. Like the open night eating under the stars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This place gives you an introduction to the UAE, Islam and Middle Eastern Culture. Therefore, this place is a must to visit, go through the tour with a guide, listening the lecture explain the Culture with the opportunity to make questions. It's a unforgettable experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a must do in Dubai and it dispels a lot of myths about Islam and the Middle Eastern way of life. Our tour guide was a Londoner who married and now lives in Dubai. She was funny and informative. She held a Q & A session once she had told us all about Islam and she enlightened us... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I went last night with barely any expectation but it turns out to be good food with Q&A; even though I live here I know a lot but still good to deal with an Emirati Speaker (Yasmin) and get more info....recommended if you are on visit! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

When visitors come to Dubai, this is the second place I take them after a visit to the Jumeirah Mosque. You sit, enjoy fabulous local food and interact with Emirati people. They will answer any questions you have about the culture, family lifestyle, etc. Changes your whole perspective of the people and it's leaders.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Highly recommend this place. They do breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a place for Cultural understanding for all those who have no idea on why certain customs are followed in the Arab World.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Really Happy about our visit, It help us understand more about Emirati culture. The Emirati peoples working there a really Nice, The food was really good, a Feel like home. We recommend this place for a any Dubai visitor

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We went and had a great meal and a good speaker. Provides a perspective that you normally don't find in the U.S. Highly recommend visiting. Make sure to make reservations prior to visiting.

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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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