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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 353 6666
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US$ 28.60*
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
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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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US$ 45.92*
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Panoramic Tour of Iconic Attractions of Modern Dubai
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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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“emirati culture” (62 reviews)
“heritage tour” (43 reviews)
“cultural lunch” (41 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Creek
+971 4 353 6666
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are really interested about learning about the people, their culture, values, religion and vision, you must go here. This is the resource for all of your understanding of the Emirates. Besides being so open and gracious, the luncheon is beautifully prepared and has...More

Thank LisaG2010
Reviewed 6 days ago

Experience the breakfast and get more knowledge about the UAE and the culture. Enjoy the food and the stories.

Thank 860anked
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did Emirati breakfast. Very tasty and informative, not only about food but also about different aspects of Emirati life. Highly recommendable!

Thank vanelic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pleasant, relaxed and informative in a very friendly atmosphere. The guides appeared to very much enjoy introducing us to their culture and were as open as they promised to being asked questions and explaining things. A lot of fun and great food!

Thank FrequentSydneyVisitr
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is a "Must See and Do" in Dubai. It offers an understanding of Emirati culture. The uniqueness of dining with locals who share their culture, explain different traditions and they are open to any question. You have a new respect and admiration for...More

1  Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We booked for a group of 12 for the cultural dinner as part of a business trip. There was people of all ages in our group, and each and every one of us thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We all learnt something new and walked away...More

Thank Sapphire1999
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

A must-visit in Dubai even if you'll only be here a day. The cultural center offers several tours, and the popular one would definitely be the Emirati brunch, lunch or dinner where they will host you for a traditional meal and give you some insights...More

1  Thank ladyshalyn
Reviewed 5 October 2017

I started my trip to Dubai with a breakfast here. I loved learning about the culture, UAE and religion. They were very informative on the history, the people, dress and foods. You have the opportunity to ask any questions you want as it is an...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 3 October 2017

My wife and I recently visited the SMCC for two sessions on the same day. We started in the morning with a talk of emirati life in past times with emphasis on dwellings and way of life. We moved from the center to a walk...More

Thank vppro
Reviewed 1 October 2017

I had been for the Cultural lunch cum discussion and it was an experience to remember. The talk was informative and cleared a lot of doubts we had on Emirati culture. The food was very well presented and flavoursome. Definitely will recommend.

Thank IngridValles
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
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Qurat A
6 March 2017|
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Response from hatteras01 | Reviewed this property |
Please go to the site. They can answer your questions in great detail. Including various menus ane the shiek's purpose in creating the institution.
12 February 2017|
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Response from SMCCUDubai | Property representative |
Greetings, Thank you for your interest. It's is always best to pre book your experience. Kindly visit our website for guidance. Our OpenDoorsOpenMinds programs are exceptional. We hope to see you there!
17 March 2016|
Response from Lizzi71 |
Hi I'm sorry i only did the cultural talk in the mosque and it didn't include dinner.