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“emirati culture”(75 reviews)
“cultural lunch”(47 reviews)
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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...more
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 2 days ago

Had a great fun here & spectacular place to enjoy the weekend. will be waiting to visit here again & again.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank irfanrk786
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent initiative and friendly atmosphere. I tested dinner, but they have breakfast, lunch, etc.in stipulated days and also organizes touristic tours as well as having shops into a building the recreates the atmosphere of old high level houses. Dinner itself is good with a number...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pietrol_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked this tour one day before and they did not confirm beforehand. We had to ring them from the hotel reception to cancel and then they proceeded to send a confirmation email ONE HOUR before the tour was meant to leave. Which would have...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank olicoli
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wanted to find out as much info abt the Emirates as I can and all roads pointed me to the Centre. Located within an actual Emirati house, you will be transported to a bygone era as the guide explains to you the history of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TheAvidTraveller1975
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful, educational visit with fab food included. You get to taste local food, learn about local customs and culture.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Claudine B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the lunch experience. Really it was very good. The food was incredible and the give an explanation about each dish that you ate going to eat. I think it's a must inside dubai. If you go in your first day, will be...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank migmarti
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s was great experience, possibility to see Muslim culture from inside, get myself a little more familiar with something strange for me. They say that Muslim culture is all about peaceful lifestyle I wouldn’t say that by looking at what is going on in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank natalochkak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the heritage tour with my parents. From the moment we arrived the staff were engaging and very informative. They were very kind to my parents who have reduced mobility. I have lived in the UAE for 20 years and learnt so much in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LisaL996
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located at the Al Fahidi neighborhood, it was a great place to start the cultural tour of dubai. do make a booking beforehand on the website as it might be not available during PH or certain weekends. the staff made us feel very welcome in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Felina L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For a country that prides itself on technology, someone at the Cultural Centre were not doing their job. I arrived on Sunday November 18 to find a sign on the door saying “Closed due to the Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday” YET on their website it stated...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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2 September 2018|
Response from tripofeterns | Reviewed this property |
I think its yes because they do have a lot of rooms nearby with lockers. As well nearby they do have oriental house hotel which is 3 star and you can leave there, not really expensive 250 AED which in $ approx 69-75 USD.
Scarlett P
7 May 2018|
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Response from 4u2c2017 | Reviewed this property |
Good afternoon, Museum hours, 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that it is now Ramadan timings here in the UAE. Tourists can visit the Museum for Iftar dinner in the evenings during this time... More
Qurat A
6 March 2017|
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Response from Joe V | Reviewed this property |
we did not eat there, we were allowed to do a walking tour through the entire complex. Found it very easy to walk around and it was quite interesting. No charge