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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

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Address: Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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+971 4 353 6666
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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 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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$26.00*
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
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$25.90*
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai
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$62.00*
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Panoramic Tour of Iconic Attractions of Modern Dubai

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A Touch of the Old Dubai.

This was my third trip to Dubai, and what I had yet to find was any history or culture of what the old Dubai may have been like and our visit to this Centre more than made up for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This experience was recommended by Dubai Tourism at an Australian travel expo. We were a family of 5 travelling for the first time to Dubai. We are interested in history and cultural experiences. This as others have said is a re-creation of what was, not what Dubai is now. The volunteers who run the centre are passionate about their history,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my third trip to Dubai, and what I had yet to find was any history or culture of what the old Dubai may have been like and our visit to this Centre more than made up for the 'bling' that most of Dubai seems to represent. I agree that this is a representation of what the old Dubai... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place gets high reviews and we enjoyed our visit, but it is a recreated cultural village. It would not rank high in other cities, but considering the lack of authentic culture in Dubai, it is a great place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The centre provides a number of experiences including tradional meals where tourists and expats can hear about and learn about Emerati history and culture

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great introduction to the Emirati culture. Starting with some light snacks and coffee, we then headed out around the older part of the city. There is so much more to Dubai than the tall buildings. If you are going to do any tour in Dubai, do this tour! 100% worth it. One word of warning: Arrive at least 15 minutes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant insights and environment that introduces the beautiful UAE culture and overall desert life and regions' lifestyle and history. A must try for expats and visitors. The hosts are very welcoming and their presentations and interactive program makes you eager to know more about the culture here. The local food served is super delicious and the tour in the mosque... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of interesting buildings and exhibits but no one there to show us around and explain what was on show! Great pity!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the cultural breakfast twice in Dec 2016 as I had two sets of visiting family members. The breakfast was truly wonderful and the presenters were lovely. My parents especially enjoyed it and loved learning more about Emirati culture, tradition and Islam. We saw presenters Coleen/Salama, Rashid and Fathiya and all were wonderful, engaging and great to listen to.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in Dubai and I make all of our visitors come here for the cultural lunch. I think this a great introduction to the UAE culture. For the meals, you get to eat a traditional Emirate meal and the presenter will tell you facts. You can also ask any question you want. Their theme is a open heart open... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here as part of our college trip. Amazing place to be if you are trying to understand more about the history of UAE and how great visionaries transformed this place from a desert to what it is now. We also were given authentic Emirati food.

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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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