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“Excellent Cultural Experience”

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
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$28.60*
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
Ranked #22 of 387 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: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent Cultural Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

You go inside the mosque and the people are welcoming answering any question imaginable you have a muslims. The dress code is modest, but they will give you a covering.

Visited April 2014
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Huntervalley
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

A wonderful educational museum about history of Dubai. Various areas depicting life in the desert and progressing through to Dubai as it is today. No steps just ramps leading down to the lower floors.

Visited July 2014
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Eugene
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not the experience I had hoped for.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

I have no doubt that this is a wonderful experience, if you got to have it at all! My husband and I had been in correspondence with the center before we left the U.S. to make sure we had a spot at the breakfast and walking tour. We left our hotel early to make the 9:00 am time. When we arrived at the center, we were told that when the weather is too hot, the breakfast and tour did not take place. We were further told we had contacted with the cancellation. When I checked my mail, the email was sent at 8:00 am, a time after we had already left our hotel to make the appointment. We were left very disappointed. Surely, if the summer months are too hot, then this is a known fact, and we could have been told this prior to the day of our tour!
On a separate note, we tried to get information from the office staff, about what to do in the area, now that we were there without a plan. Let me say, I don't think it was the friendliest interaction I have ever had.
With that said, I would certainly want to try this again - in the cooler months- as we feel we missed out on a wonderful cultural experience.

Visited June 2014
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Virginia Water, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2014

This was a wonderful experience as part of my induction into the region, organised by my Company. Recommended as a social experience too.

Visited July 2014
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Authentic, Insightful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2014

A must do for visits to Dubai. The only place where you can eat real Emirati food in a traditional setting in the Bastakiya, a beautiful part of old Dubai. Recommend especially the Ramadan iftar paired with a walking tour to the local mosque.

Visited July 2014
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