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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: 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$ 26.00*
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
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US$ 22.00*
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai
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US$ 62.00*
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Panoramic Tour of Iconic Attractions of Modern Dubai

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" The must visit place - experience the pure essence of a great culture and an astonishingly creative population which forged the mankind knowledge. Go there early in the morning... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

" The must visit place - experience the pure essence of a great culture and an astonishingly creative population which forged the mankind knowledge. Go there early in the morning and avoid week day. Week end better! Enjoy the arabic coffee with 3 dates!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our host was entertaining, amusing, and educational. We pre-booked the morning tour and lunch. There was about an hour between the end of the tour and lunch so we just wandered around for a bit and explored. There are a few little museums to pique your interest, but little else unless you fancy venturing a little further. The lunch was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unfortunately most museums and activities were closed when I visited on a Friday in November. But still a decent experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Last year we did the cultural brunch, so this year we did the cultural dinner here. Our two male hosts were very knowledgeable. They explained many of the local cultures in a way that was memorable. The food provided was all very delicious and it gave us a chance to try food that we would not have otherwise had. After... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the Heritage Tour and had the opportunity to have an open discussion about cultural and religious differences. I feel this was one of the few opportunities to actually get to know the Emirate culture during my trip to Dubai. All of the guides were very kind and encourage everyone to ask questions they might have.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did three activities with the SMCCU while in Dubai. The Jumeirah Mosque has it’s own review. The other two activities were the Heritage Tour and the Cultural Lunch. The Heritage Tour was approximately 90 minutes in length and cost 65 AED. It was led by a knowledgeable guide through the Al Bastakiya area and to the Diwan Mosque. The... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't like there and it was very simple and hasn't anything for attract me ,so I tried to leave there soon

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a few hours with a friend wandering the streets around the centre which is full of little museums and art galleries. You eventually can come out onto Dubai Creek.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here before and my husband was very pleasantly surprised because he really enjoyed it. We had breakfast last time and the group leader should have been in stand up as he was very funny but very interesting. This time it was a woman who led the group and it was a very different experience. She was amusing but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sheikh Mohammed centre in downtown 'old' Dubai offers an excellent opportunity to Dubai visitors to gain an insight into the culture, faith, governance and lifestyle of this Emirate's people. Over a delicious, plentiful Emirati lunch served in a traditionally furnished dining room, a no-holds barred Q & A session with the hosts ranged far and wide across life in... More 

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The Creek
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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