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“See some real culture!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
Al Mussallah Road | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (The Creek)
+971 4 353 6666
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Ranked #4 of 40 Sights & Landmarks in Dubai
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Dubai
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“See some real culture!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

A must-do! An authentic Emirati experience in the cultural heart of Dubai. You can choose a lunch or breakfast option, or simply a walk around the souks. Combine with a trip to the Creek, the souks and have plenty of loose changes with you for bartering!

Visited October 2013
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Meet the real people of Dubai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The openness of the hostess, the quality of the authentic Emirati food and the opportunity to learn about life in the Emirates, should not be missed

Visited October 2013
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Knysna, South Africa
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“A Wonderfully Traditional Iftar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We booked for a traditional Iftar meal with SMCCU during Ramadan. Part of the experience is a trip into the local Mosque which I found to be very interesting and special. Before and during the Iftar meal you are encouraged to ask questions about the traditional and modern Emirati lifestyle, as well as about the Arabic culture and Islam in general. No question was avoided by our very generous and welcoming volunteer hosts. The food was also amazing.
I highly recommend a visit to the centre, and suggest booking for one of the meals on offer for a unique and lovely experience.

Visited July 2013
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Neumunster, Germany
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“Definitely worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The centre should be a must for visitors that are truly interested in the Emirates' people. A unique insight into their culture and background with a peak at Islam the way it should be. If you have time while in Dubai it is a MUST visit.

Visited September 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Informative and interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A very entertaining and informative lunch, and great food. It was most appreciated and highly recommended. Excellent value.

Visited September 2013
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