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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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USD 28.60*
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai
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USD 25.90*
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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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“emirati culture” (64 reviews)
“heritage tour” (43 reviews)
“cultural lunch” (42 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

Interesting and friendly. Meal was lovely. All set in a converted house. Only draw back, the place was difficult to find at night. Maybe easier in the day. There was a brief talk about the Emirates culture and history and then a question and answer...More

Thank G L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The experience is great! Not only you get to eat Emirati authentic food but also are hosted by an Emirati who explains everything there is to know about the meal etiquette in the UAE and other interesting facts about Emirati culture. Definitely recommended!

Thank VeronicaSmulders
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place to visit to understand the local history and see some amazing artifacts. Guides are friendly and you can visit and be a part of a talk where you can ask anything you want and get to understand what the real Dubai history...More

Thank Sonia W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best historical centres that gives deep insight into the people and culture of Dubai - highly recommended.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on the 90 minute walk and found it most enjoyable and reasonably informative. All the people were very nice.

Thank DallyHerts_
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying with a relative, resident in Dubai and she booked this for us. We could not go on the breakfast or lunch inclusive option, as we were already also booked on a buffet dinner and we knew, we would not be able to...More

Thank Rosie C
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 13 November 2017

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

Thank 860anked
Reviewed 9 November 2017 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 30 October 2017

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
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.