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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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+971 4 353 6666
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you want to really understand the culture and how local Muslins live, think, and believe, then make reservations for a cultural visit and authentic Middle East dinner. Each year I take around 20 graduate students to Dubai and they rate this event as one...More

Thank Wartdude
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended to participate in a meal. You will enjoy savory local authentic Middle East food, sitting on comfy cushions on the floor. You'll hear the ingredients and the history of all the foods and be served coffee in elegant cups from classic brass containers....More

Thank Steve R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place to go if you want to ask any questions about Emirati people, the culture and history of the UAE. We had a fantastic lunch and gained a very good understanding of the culture at the same time. The centre provides a...More

Thank mandp141
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pros: Provides real glimpse into Muslim/Islam; opens at 930; first tour at 10; 1 hour group tour into mosque with tons of information; provided in relaxed way; waiting area is cool with tea and light food; grest picture opportunity; only 20 AED. Cons: it is...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spending half day joining two tours and both is good! Get to walk around the area and know the bldg structure and sample local food and put the clothes on! Lovely chat as well!

Thank WJ_RTW
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Illustrates the history of Dubai, must visit for those interested in knowing the basic history of the country. Accessible through Dubai Metro, carry lots of water to stay hydrated. Though most of the museum is indoor, there are a few outdoor settings as well. Overall...More

Thank Umakanth555
Reviewed 16 August 2017

It is a shame that such a town offer this place as a Centre for Cultural Understanding with very few information about what it should be. Just have a look to visit this area which has a lot of places to go to get your...More

Thank zugch
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I participated in the Heritage Tour and the Cultural Dinner and both were absolutely amazing. If you are looking to gain an understanding of the history of the UAE or Islam, bring along your questions and an open mind as the guides do their absolute...More

Thank Bianca X
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We did a tour run by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre at the Jumeirah Mosque. The concept of this company is great. They share some details of what life is like being a Muslim in Dubai, and some insight into Islamic traditions. At the mosque tour,...More

Thank DCB95
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is one of the memories that I most cherish for the time that I spent in Dubai. It will give you the opportunity to talk with Emiratis, and to ask questions about their culture and traditions, while you eat amazing food. I went for...More

Thank cahy b
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.