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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
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+971 4 353 6666
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 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 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.

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US$ 25.90*
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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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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

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Probably one of the best things to do in Dubai. This cultural tour will help you understand the people and the history of this region. You can take a morning tour that will... read more

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Probably one of the best things to do in Dubai. This cultural tour will help you understand the people and the history of this region. You can take a morning tour that will include a typical breakfast and then visit the rest of the old city with your guide. This will include visiting local artisans ( but there is nothing... More 

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My first trip to Dubai and I found it a bit like a "just add water" instant city, nouveau rich, with any vestiges of history or culture lost in the forest of skyscrapers. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre was a marvelous escape to enjoy Emirati cuisine, culture, and hospitality. I learned a good bit, the presenter was informed and delightful, and... More 

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Very interstings historiacal fort - great museum - undeground and air-conditioend - perfect for a Dubai summer.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't leave Dubai without finding out a bit about it. It has a culture going back a long way. The ruling sheik is keen to foster understanding between nations, . This is a very good place to start

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in the Bastakiya area this is worth a stop because it is a great place to have lunch which was good and get information from an Emerati on their way of life and history. It was interesting to hear how generous and kind they are to others. They always make so much extra food for unexpected visitors. Any food... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really good opportunity to meet Emirati which really one does not meet except at official points as they are all civil servants. Our guide gave a really good history and explanation of their culture- he was a little 'one sided' when saying things such as listing the advantages of his white garment in the sun whereas the poor woman beside... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by for about an hour. Interesting to understand the history. Went to several museums in Dubai and like the others they are small unlike museums in the US that are GIGANTIC and take hours to explore.

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

I booked two separate experiences at SMCCU - one was a walking tour that began with coffee and a Q&A (ask anything) session at the SMCCU, then a brief walking tour looking at architecture of the "wind tower" and "palm" structures and how they provided cooling shelter, then a stop at the Jumeirah Mosque with another ask-anything Q&A session, then... More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

There are numerous buildings within the complex that make for a refreshing change from the glass and steels sky scrapers. We joined the lunch (which was absolutely delicious) a mixture of rice dishes and curries. There was a talk about all things UAE and life plus Islam. It was great and refreshing to hear and was incredibly informative. A few... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Along with our 4 children aged 9-16 we went for the Cultural breakfast which we all thoroughly enjoyed. The discussion was informative and entertaining, both the man and the lady gave us a good insight into Emerati life. It gave us all a better understanding of Islam and the food was delicious. Well worth spending two hours of your holiday... More 

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The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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