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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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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 yesterday

Started our trip with this tour and couldn't have asked for a better introduction to the city. I recommend doing both the tour and the meal (whichever one you can get). You may hear some of the same information, but it's worth it.

Thank Jared K
Reviewed 2 days ago

The rebuilding and the authenticity of the rebuilt culture centre is indeed a place to put on your list.

Thank ge0ffis
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Read about this center on someone else’s travel blog, wrote an email to book their cultural brunch on Saturday. There were 15-ish participants and three hosts, everyone was very nice, the hosts are very funny people, always made us laugh. We learned about local culture,...More

Thank Vivienne J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended the lunch, which was yummy, and although I already learned many of the things spoken about during my trip research, it was still a great experience. Surprised to learn that they are all volunteers but that just shows their passion in educating others of...More

Thank miamia246
Reviewed 1 week ago

A small museum of how Dubai evolved over time. It shows the main activities of the emirates in the past and how did the city evolve in time.

Thank Alfredo F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended and enjoyed very much a great lunch on 24. December and an opulent breakfast some days later after a real impressing falcon-experience. Guests were offered a lot of nice food (not hot ;-) and really delicious - from the fresh dates as a "welcome"...More

Thank gafimum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was part of a tour that we went on and showed a last remaining section of the old Dubai. The developers were building tower blocks all around it and what was left was a wonderful insight into how the dwellers of old captured...More

Thank Hubert A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cultural effect....... miscellaneous..... enjoying the feel when u visit on a casual basis and not on an actual trip......

Thank Shiraz P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice introduction to some of the culture of Dubai on our first morning in this city. The tour takes place amongst a preserved old style Dubai neighbourhood and our guide told us about how people used to live. We also visited the...More

Thank kardobiedm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The many other reviews on Trip Advisor really say everything about this place - it is a very good experience for any traveler to Dubai and provides an opportunity when surrounded by shopping malls, super structures and wealth to experience another side of the emirati...More

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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.