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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

#128 of 1,357 Tours in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

Delve deeper into Dubai’s Bedouin-rooted culture than you could from just sightseeing at this Emirati meal. Visit a cultural center in Dubai’s oldest neighborhood, and take a seat with your host in a traditional, wind tower courtyard. Then, savor specialties such as “machboos” rice and syrup-soaked donuts as you learn about Dubai’s traditions, dress, and foods during a cultural talk and Q&A. A choice of meal times provides useful flexibility.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $32.98

Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai

Spend 1.5 hours following an expert guide through one of Dubai's oldest neighborhoods on this Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya Historical District tour. You'll visit the Ruler's Court Mosque, sample Arabic coffee, sit inside an original wind-tower house dating back to the 19th century and gain an insider's look into the culture and traditions of this incredible destination.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $29.58

A Modern Glimpse of the Past from Dubai

Explore the age-old Bedouin customs, 20th-century architecture and atmospheric bazaars of Dubai during this 4-hour cultural-themed city tour. Travel through the city by private luxury vehicle, starting with a tour of the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House and a walking tour of the historic Bastakiya Quarter. You’ll also have time explore the Camel Museum, Horse Museum and Heritage Village before checking out Al Fahidi Fort. This Dubai culture trip includes a guide, private vehicle and round-trip hotel transport.
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4 hours
from $175.00

Walking Tour: Emirati Art and Cultural Tour From Dubai

Discover traditional Emirati culture and art on a 4-hour tour of old Dubai, with a local guide. See the mud-brick wind towers and courtyards of Al Bastakiya and Al Fahidi, visit boutique art galleries, and admire the beautiful Diwan Mosque. Savor Arabic coffee and fresh dates during a fascinating interactive question and answer session about Emirati life and culture; see Deira’s glittering Gold Souk, and explore women’s role in Emirati life and art at Dubai’s Women’s Museum. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
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4 hours
from $79.00

Full day Historical and Cultural Dubai Tour

Dubai may be known for its ultra-modern buildings and flashy facade, but not long ago it was a humble fishing village. Learn more about the city’s rich heritage on this comprehensive tour. Visit historic neighborhoods, the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, gold souks, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Mosque, and more.
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8 hours
from $162.00
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KawaiiWander wrote a review Aug 2020
Jakarta, Indonesia81 contributions45 helpful votes
Emiratis are not easily meet in UAE due to the low population in their country and they usually very private. This culture discussion over a traditional meal is something wonderful because it is hosted by young people and we can have an exchange over their culture from outsiders, how they navigate their life in Dubai while still holding their muslim values and keeping their mind open, how they see themselves compared to other GCC countries. Recommend!
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bougainville30a wrote a review Jun 2020
London, United Kingdom261 contributions231 helpful votes
It was a great decision to join the weekly Dinner Meal & Talk at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Initially we're the only people turning up on time, so there was a slightly awkward feeling and soon other people joined us and we had a great time, both trying local dishes and discussing local customs, etc. People at the Centre were very hospitable and open minded, they made us feel welcomed and clearly explained everything. Although not everyone was equally interested in the local culture and some people asked pretty trivial questions at times, the host remained patient and understanding which was good. The room (chamber) where we had the meal was beautiful and we took quite a few pictures inside prior to the event, which was a nice memory. Next door there was a small souvenir shop where one could buy some local clothes and old photographs of the area. Also, once the session was over, we were invited outside to see a family of camels staying nearby. Nice surprise, indeed! Overall, I'd recommend to take part in one of their regular events if you want to find out more about true Emirati culture & local customs. Thank you.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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LML wrote a review Mar 2020
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I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour of the Al Fahidi Historical neighbourhood and Al Farooq Mosque, and afterwards I relished the introduction to a traditional Bedouin-style lunch which was plentiful, delicious and interesting. I gained valuable insights into the Emirati culture and history from this experience.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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AMG1970NL wrote a review Mar 2020
Baarn, The Netherlands26 contributions5 helpful votes
We visited the Center for the second time. Last year we visited the Jumeirah Mosque. This year we had the cultural dinner. Our host was very open and we could ask all kinds of questions, related to food & drinks but also about religion and politics. The experience was very nice. The food was great and the discussions were wonderful.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Simona A wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
Great (very full!) lunch, cozy atmosphere. Got a lot of insights about Arabic culture. Really recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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