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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

#179 of 1,859 Tours in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
About Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
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 through Thursday at 1pm, Dinner every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday 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 includes a visit inside the Mosque near the Ruler's Court. We also offer educational courses and programmes for students and adults, and arrange private group tours and cultural events for your groups and institutions. Pre-booking and reservations can be made on our website or by contacting our office directly.
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Ronnie G wrote a review Jun 2022
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I ABBBBSOLUTELY loved our talk with Shayma. She blessed my entire. She was spoke freely about personal relationships, government, economy, education & even expressed certain things that could be better. I had no idea that I was carrying prejudice until being totally blown away by our similarities!❤️ ❤️ TRIPADVISOR was Absolutely no help at all once my money was paid! Not only did they not provide an address for where the experience was held, but I was unable to reach anyone to get the address!
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Date of experience: June 2022
K Wang wrote a review May 2022
Hong Kong, China123 contributions46 helpful votes
I oroginally wanted to sign up for the Culture on Wheels & Brunch on a Saturday morning but it wasn't available. I was offered the culture tour and brunch instead. It was informative and offered a safe zone to ask questions about Islam culture which I really appreciated. The site where the tour was conducted was small. It was a group of old houses being preserved. The brunch also offered a taste of local flavor and vegetarian dishes are available though I didn't specify that during signup. One potential downside could be that you didn't feel like having walked much after the talk because it was mainly sitting, eating and chatting!
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Chtronkopuc wrote a review Apr 2022
Prague, Czech Republic10 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a very pleasant evening with the iftar ceremony. Our presenter was a young lady, very kind and talkative, she really captivated us with her presentation. She answered very honestly to all our questions. The iftar meal was copious and excellent, we were even offered to take away the remaining food. The visit of the mosque was also a rare experience for me as non-Muslim.
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מוטי ל wrote a review Apr 2022
Karmiel, Israel411 contributions166 helpful votes
the tour is very interesting and educational. the only neg is that the guide did everything too fast what disturb us to take more pictures
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Robert D wrote a review Mar 2022
Brooklyn, New York1854 contributions420 helpful votes
This was one of the highlights of my visit to Dubai. It started with a talk and demonstration of Arabic calligraphy. Then a young Emirati had a conversation with our group in which he explained facets of Emirati life and culture. He also answered the many questions we had. We sat surrounding a carpet with traditional Emirati food. The guide explained each dish and we enjoyed a true local feast. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was enlightening. This is a great way to introduce visitors to Emirati culture.
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Date of experience: February 2022