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“Wonderful lunch program”

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
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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
Ranked #25 of 403 things to do in Dubai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Wonderful lunch program”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Had the opportunity to attend a cultural lunch program while visiting Dubai, and loved the experience. Tasting the variety of foods offered was great in and of itself, but the two women hosting the lunch really made the experience wonderful. They were very well-spoken, interacted with the attendees, and gave some good insights into aspects of culture and hospitality that I wouldn't have learned otherwise. Well worth the experience, and I hope to try a breakfast and/or tour program on future visits. Great way to learn about Emirati culture.

Visited March 2013
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A Cultural Treat”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

It's easy to visit Dubai and get carried away by all the modern buildings and attractions, but visit to the Centre for Cultural Understanding was a highlight for us. We attended the breakfast, which was relaxed and informative, giving us an insight to life in Dubai behind the scenes. The Centre is only a short walk from the Dubai Museum and the Souks so you can combine a visit there after your breakfast.

Visited March 2013
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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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“Visited Jumeira Mosque”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Joined the tour at 10 am. Very welcoming and informative. Open to all questions and answered with a pleasant sense of humour. Very detailed and we were very glad we went. Would highly recommend.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A must do if you are interested in the culture”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Sitting on the pillowed floor, without my shoes, and listening to a local address religion, culture, traditions, the Dubai growth, the foods, the family, the clothing was just wonderful. I learned so much about humility and tolerance. There is a special breakfast or lunch with an Emirati. There is a cost and you should go with an open heart and mind. You will be amazed. Now, we had a terrific woman who encouraged us to ask all kinds of questions: Our group was mixed with local expats and tourists from all over. I´m not even sure everyone spoke English, but we all enjoyed the food and the demonstration on how to wear your dishdasha or abaya.

And do take time to wander around the stores and buildings. You will be welcomed in to browse or shop.

Visited March 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Great intro to the culture of Dubai”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

It's a great morning visit. Wonderful staff, and a quick intro to the culture, religion etc. Someone very clearly explains the nuances of UAE culture and helps the non-initiated understand it from the local perspective.

Visited May 2012
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