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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
Phone Number: +971 4 353 6666
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 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 include a visit inside the Mosque at 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*
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
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$22*
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai
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Panoramic Tour of Iconic Attractions of Modern Dubai

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A must for all new visitors to Dubai!

We attended the cultural meal and Q&A in August of 2016. All of my questions were answered and we had an excellent Emirati meal. When I first got to Dubai, I was pretty much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Emeryville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We attended the cultural meal and Q&A in August of 2016. All of my questions were answered and we had an excellent Emirati meal. When I first got to Dubai, I was pretty much clueless about the culture so I recommend this to anyone that doesn't know much that wants to learn and taste some good food. We also got... More 

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This centre is a "must visit" for first timers to Dubai. The visit lasts two hours during which time you eat very well and discuss with Emeratis ALL aspects of their religion and culture in a surprisingly open and frank atmosphere. No subject is off limits and so differences between cultures and religions can be explored in a very mature,... More 

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SMCCUDubai, Guest Relations Manager at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

Thank you Marc for your great feedback. We are pleased to know that you have benefitted from your visit and that it was also an enjoyable and enriching experience. Do visit us again next time you are in Dubai. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

learned lots of stuff as to why arabs do the things they do, like wearing burkha, and other cultural things. I would highly recommend this place. the tour includes traditional meal and the speaker is great and very normal. lots of good q and a.

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SMCCUDubai, Guest Relations Manager at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

We are pleased to know that you gained a better knowledge and understanding of our culture form visiting us. Thank you for your review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Im extremely pleased to have been given a chance to visit SMCCU. I have been a Dubai resident for 9years and this is the first time Ive been in this place. Ive heard about it before and some of my friends have visited the center but I havent really had the chance to experience it for myself until now. Upon... More 

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SMCCUDubai, Guest Relations Manager at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

We are pleased that you finally got a chance to visit us and had a pleasant experience. Thank you for your recommendation and we hope to see you again along with your friends who will be visiting Dubai. More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you ever wanted to find out how possibly the youngest of the Arabic nation came into existence, its culture and heritage - this is the place where it all began. Right in the middle of a busy cosmopolis is a gem left untouched and conserved. It was a shame that on the day we visited, the traditional meal was... More 

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SMCCUDubai, Guest Relations Manager at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

We are really sorry that you didn't get a chance to try our traditional meal but hope that your travels will bring you back to Dubai and to visit us again. Thank you for your great review. More 

Andover, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned a lot on this visit but it's not quite a tour. A tour implies walking round and looking at different things. This is more a talk in the main area of the mosque. However, the staff were excellent, the food lovely and the brief very interesting.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a fantastic opportunity to get to know Islamic culture and religion ..Worth a visit .Great for history lovers

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SMCCUDubai, Guest Relations Manager at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a tour your will enjoy if you are interested in history & cultures of various civilizations. You will see a typical Arab household, the ventilation system, the courtyard & the jaalis as they used to be in historical days. You can also taste coffee & dates as an important custom of Arab Culture. Half a day well spent... More 

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SMCCUDubai, Guest Relations Manager at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

Thank you for including the SMCCU in your visit to Dubai and for your recommendation and review. We hope that you will visit us again. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

I visit last year with some of my friends from Abudhabi, it was a great experience because when I was there I feel like I'm 200 years behind...! We got some rotties and some sweets I don't remember the name but it's really unforgettable moment.

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Matosinhos, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This cultural centre offers hiking, cultural visits and cuisine, with local guides, connoisseurs of traditions, culture and religion, of the Emirates. It is necessary to book by phone. The prices for the different activities are reasonable. The atmosphere is relaxed and the hosts are friendly and available to answer any question. The traditional lunch or dinner in a typical house... More 

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SMCCUDubai, Guest Relations Manager at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, responded to this review

Thank you for your review that sums it all. We are always welcoming visitors from around the world to our home and hope to see you once again. More 

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