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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Al Souk Al Kabir
+971 4 353 6666
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Booked a lunch via Viator. They provide a host, food and comfortable room. Host talks about their Dubai and there are no questions that are off limits. When we went there was seating for 25 but only 6 of us. The young lady host did...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BobOhio1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my third visit to the center that I used as a way to enlighten my visitors who came to experience Dubai. Each time I learned something new, and always enjoyed a delicious meal. The hosts are very personable and have an easy going...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Cassandra F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend a guided tour around the Bastakiya quarter if you intend to visit the historical part if Dubai. An absolute must if you are interested in getting a bit of historical and cultural insight.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great opportunity to speak with the day's ambassador and ask questions about the culture. Lunch was a varied buffet of tasty authentic delicacies. Very open discussions on dress, culture, foods etc. during lunch. No alcohol. Bathrooms available but not at always fresh and clean.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank John F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Was at the SMCCU for lunch. Lunch was good. Not sure if it was cooked in house or from a catered source but certainly great quality. While the food was good, better still is the talk hosted by one of the speakers at the Centre....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank passionfruitsin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I truly enjoyed this visit. The food was awesome. Everything about it was great. They had a room with all of the muslim attire where you can put on the clothes and take photos. It was a very nice touch to the execursion.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank km4ya1
Reviewed December 14, 2018 via mobile

A most delightful place to visit opposite the elegant mosque. I met a lovely English lady from Eltham London who made me feel most welcome. One may experience the local cultural delights. The carpets were so rich as too the elegant sweeping staircase leading up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 429Happy
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Excellent initiative and friendly atmosphere. I tested dinner, but they have breakfast, lunch, etc.in stipulated days and also organizes touristic tours as well as having shops into a building the recreates the atmosphere of old high level houses. Dinner itself is good with a number...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

We booked this tour one day before and they did not confirm beforehand. We had to ring them from the hotel reception to cancel and then they proceeded to send a confirmation email ONE HOUR before the tour was meant to leave. Which would have...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank olicoli
Reviewed December 4, 2018 via mobile

I wanted to find out as much info abt the Emirates as I can and all roads pointed me to the Centre. Located within an actual Emirati house, you will be transported to a bygone era as the guide explains to you the history of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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September 2, 2018|
Response from tripofeterns | Reviewed this property |
I think its yes because they do have a lot of rooms nearby with lockers. As well nearby they do have oriental house hotel which is 3 star and you can leave there, not really expensive 250 AED which in $ approx 69-75 USD.
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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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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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Old Dubai at night (9 Replies)
Planning to be near Bur Dubai Souk, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Al Fahidi Fort Bur Dubai and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding at night. Really debating if I should do this in the morning or day time instead. any insights on safety? how is the wifi in these areas? My concern is that a new here and I don't know how to get around and I plan to use google maps to get from place to place but being at night and a woman by myself I am curious how safe this is? ...More
November 08, 2017|
Response fromDXBINC|
Dubai is safe - however old Dubai (Bur Dubai and Deira) is more congested and has older darker streets, little bit more seedy, and perhaps a more blue collar population (not making any generalizations here). I would suggest you explore Old Dubai by day - it is most photogenic in daytime anyway, in my opinion. And do the newer parts like Fountains, Burj Khalifa, and not forgetting JBR by evening and well into the night. I think that's the most safe option for a lone female.
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Directions around Souks and Old Dubai (6 Replies)
Trying to figure out directions for the following: The Dubai Mall - Downtown Bur Dubai Abra Dock Gold Souk Spice Souk Textile Souk Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding 1) Can I do this all through public transportation? Or is using a taxi more preferred? 2) Should I move the souks around? Not sure which is the best to see first without back tracking 3) Are taxis available in the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding? 4) Are there specific times where...More
November 09, 2017|
Response frompoppytravler55|
I heard that taxis is a preferred way to transport from one area to another is that true, and most people avoid walking due to the cheapness of the gas and heat and public transportation isn't use by foreigners? I have been trying really hard to research for dubai but there isn't a lot of intineries out there like there are for european countries or most asian countries if you can or provide a suggestion to public itineraries or dubai blogs detailing that would be great as well. many thanks...More
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October 2011 Dubai Trip Review (6 Replies)
My husband went to Dubai for work in mid October. I arrived Thursday night and we toured the city and left Tuesday. We are Texans in our early 30s, pretty well travelled and this was our first trip to the Middle East. Below is our experience! Hope it helps anyone planning a trip... Please let me know if you have any questions. Thursday Night: I arrived around 7pm and we went to the Dubai Mall for the evening. We randomly stumbled on the Wafi Gourmet indoor (with a/c) patio and had an...More
October 30, 2011|
Response fromLatimer|
Lovely review and thanks for sharing. The dress code is always an interesting topic; the advice and the request is that people should dress conservatively when out and about but not everyone that you see practices that or has taken the trouble to find out about it before they go.