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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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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai
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USD 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
The Creek
+971 4 353 6666
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did a Saturday brunch, a Saturday morning tea (with mosque visit), and also the Jumeirah mosque visit. All are worthwhile to attend, depending on what you want to learn. The Saturday brunch showcases Emirati cuisine and culture. The mosque visits provide good information on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we arrived by taxi in 110 degree heat for our cultural lunch which I booked over a month ago, we were told that it was cancelled because they did not have enough bookings. I was not notified. They were preparing to eat lunch but...More

Thank Maria G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This ia a cultural centre showing Emirates and Arabic Cultural to aii Dubai visitors. is is very near to Dubai Creak and Abra boat stations. There are many rooms witch are showing there traditional and inhabitant better visit same time when you are here for...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Well worth the time if you can find it. We found that cabbies are unfamiliar with it. Even when we were dropped in the general vicinity it was a challenge to find. Unfortunately not much in the way of signage. However, it more then met...More

Thank AAR
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We had read about this place but hadn't booked a tour so thought that we would just stop in to see if we could join a group anyway. Having arrived unexpectedly, clearly not part of an organised group, our awkwardness was quickly dispelled by a...More

1  Thank h2tk
Reviewed 6 July 2017

If you are in the area you can go and visit. But do not travel to go specifically there. It is very little and most of the rooms are closed for visitors. Not really worth it and the whole area is under construction.

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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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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!
18 March 2016|
Response from Lizzi71 |
Hi I'm sorry i only did the cultural talk in the mosque and it didn't include dinner.