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“Must do while in Dubai”

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
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$25.90*
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai
Ranked #24 of 388 things to do in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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11 reviews
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“Must do while in Dubai”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

As an expat, this is one of the best places to go to actually learn about the local culture and to experience Dubai. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly and willing to talk about anything. We went for the dinner tour--wow--it's yummy and a great price. Highly recommend going.

Visited December 2013
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“Best ever!!!!”
Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

This was the best thing we did in Dubai! Loved the meal, learning about the culture and religion. Had a fantastic time and enjoyed ever single second.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“One of the beautiful place in Dubai!!!”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

Dubai has so much for intertaintment, but one of the beautiful historical place is Al Fahidi Historic District in Frinf of Seef Roundabout!!! If you visit this place you will definitely will found so much fun it is a great place!! You can found incredible hand made products, historical culture of UAE, deliciouse food and great hospitality!!! Recommend everyone to visit this wonderful place!!! I would go again, i'm pretty sure as i am very interested in Dubai , UAE hictorical culture!!! thanks for the intertainment!!!

Visited November 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“A surprising way to better understand Dubai”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

This mini tour of the small historic section of Dubai and a frank question and answer session by a charming and articulate guide. Everything you ever wanted to know about the people, dress, religion but were afraid to ask...

Visited February 2014
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“so Interesting!”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

It is just so refreshing after The Malls, restaurants etc to find out a bt about real Dubai and its culture. Delightful experience, so glad we did it!

Visited March 2014
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