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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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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“emirati culture” (69 reviews)
“heritage tour” (46 reviews)
“cultural lunch” (45 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Creek
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"emirati culture"
in 69 reviews
"heritage tour"
in 46 reviews
"cultural lunch"
in 45 reviews
"ask questions"
in 43 reviews
"question and answer session"
in 16 reviews
"emirati food"
in 12 reviews
"mosque visit"
in 12 reviews
"date syrup"
in 10 reviews
"better understanding"
in 16 reviews
"traditional meal"
in 9 reviews
"al fahidi"
in 18 reviews
"great introduction"
in 11 reviews
"walking tour"
in 19 reviews
"morning tour"
in 11 reviews
"arabic coffee"
in 19 reviews
"jumeirah mosque"
in 11 reviews
"during ramadan"
in 17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The UAE has a massive population of immigrants from across the world, attracted by the country's opportunities, its visionary leadership and the friendly nature of its people. But with expats far outnumbering the local population, one rarely gets to interact with locals or understand their...More

Thank iammanish2015
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Reviewed 1 week ago

SMCCU is a place where you get to learn about the local culture, customs and religion through its various interactive programmes under the banner and motto of the centre.Myself and my kids enjoyed this experience.

Thank abmascarenhas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has to be the best cultural learning experience there is out there. You are free to ask any questions that come to mind while immersing yourself in the culture and having great local food, coffee, and dates.

Thank Rashed A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this by accident and just walked in. The staff were very friendly and described what they do. One of the functions of this center is to tell about Emirati culture and way of life. Like everywhere in Dubai their English is excellent....More

Thank Vergussen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to find out more about the local culture. This is the place to go. The food is also good and its great to explore the entire area of Bastakiya.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is located in Bastakia in the old part of Dubai. The Centre offers visitors the chance to learn more about the culture and heritage and the religion of the country. We booked the traditional Arabian lunch venue and had a most interesting speaker. We learn...More

Thank Humphrey333
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

I was impressed to see a place in Dubai which maintaining the Emirati culture among all nationalities & culture; as this is crucial to have in order to spread the familiarization of Emirati Culture.

Thank Ameera A
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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

I can't say enough nice things about this experience! The people were kind open Sharing my their traditions and ways of life. When they say no question is off limits- they mean it! I walked away with a new perspective on the culture. Thank you...More

Thank Paigemorgan44
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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

Had been recommended by others to get to the Cultural lunch while in Dubai. OMG well worth it, so informative with some humor injected in there by the host. You could ask any questions you wanted, nothing off limits. The lunch was superb. We were...More

Thank masseymb
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

I had a reservation for 17-Jun-2018. It was some days of holiday because de end of the ramadan. They didn’t send any email or any information about days close or days open. They have my email, my hotel phone and all information to notify me....More

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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
...More
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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
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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
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dmbhat
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!
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