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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 353 6666
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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“emirati culture” (71 reviews)
“heritage tour” (46 reviews)
“cultural lunch” (45 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Creek
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"emirati culture"
in 71 reviews
"heritage tour"
in 46 reviews
"cultural lunch"
in 45 reviews
"ask questions"
in 44 reviews
"question and answer session"
in 16 reviews
"emirati food"
in 12 reviews
"date syrup"
in 10 reviews
"mosque visit"
in 12 reviews
"better understanding"
in 16 reviews
"traditional meal"
in 9 reviews
"al fahidi"
in 18 reviews
"great introduction"
in 11 reviews
"walking tour"
in 19 reviews
"morning tour"
in 12 reviews
"jumeirah mosque"
in 11 reviews
"arabic coffee"
in 19 reviews
"during ramadan"
in 17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was impressed to see a place in Dubai which maintaining the Emirati culture among all nationalities & culture; as this is crucial to have in order to spread the familiarization of Emirati Culture.

Thank Ameera A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can't say enough nice things about this experience! The people were kind open Sharing my their traditions and ways of life. When they say no question is off limits- they mean it! I walked away with a new perspective on the culture. Thank you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had been recommended by others to get to the Cultural lunch while in Dubai. OMG well worth it, so informative with some humor injected in there by the host. You could ask any questions you wanted, nothing off limits. The lunch was superb. We were...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a reservation for 17-Jun-2018. It was some days of holiday because de end of the ramadan. They didn’t send any email or any information about days close or days open. They have my email, my hotel phone and all information to notify me....More

Thank Red S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At the end of our stay, we came to this place, thinking that we HAD already seen Dubai, after the Palm, the Dubai mall, and a few other sightseeing places. It was left at the end of the list, perhaps because it was free. That...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Understanding the dramatic changes in Dubai from the past to recent years is enhanced by this excellent Centre. Worth a visit.

Thank DrLaurie123
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Reviewed June 8, 2018

If you want to see and feel how Dubai looked like in the past, then the visit at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is a must! And you learn a lot about the life there as well as the customs.

Thank LoucyWorld
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Reviewed June 7, 2018

An introduction to life in the Emirates including background, dress, customs, religion and food Exremely informative and at around £30 per person amazing valus Do not miss If you want to know about the places you are in then this is a win win

Thank Lindsay B
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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

The SMCCU heritage village is one of those attractions that is a must if you are into cultural experiences and like to explore the history and heritage of the local tradition. I visited the village alone which is located around Creek side in Bur Dubai....More

1  Thank Etern G
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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

I heard about thid place a lot from my friends and local information desks. The place is really historical compare to any other heritage places in entire UAE. I felt like myself alone in entire place. No assistance at all. At the end of my...More

Thank Gunel T
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Scarlett P
May 6, 2018|
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Response from 4u2c2017 | Reviewed this property |
Good afternoon, Museum hours, 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that it is now Ramadan timings here in the UAE. Tourists can visit the Museum for Iftar dinner in the evenings during this time... More
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Qurat A
March 6, 2017|
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Response from Joe V | Reviewed this property |
we did not eat there, we were allowed to do a walking tour through the entire complex. Found it very easy to walk around and it was quite interesting. No charge
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dmbhat
February 11, 2017|
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Response from SMCCUDubai | Property representative |
Greetings, Thank you for your interest. It's is always best to pre book your experience. Kindly visit our website for guidance. Our OpenDoorsOpenMinds programs are exceptional. We hope to see you there!
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