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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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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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thank h2tk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Anett S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned about this center mid way into our trip. Had we known earlier, we would have gone through all the service offering. This is the real deal and one gets an informative and authentic experience. NOT TO BE MISSED at ALL! Book in advance,...More

Thank bel3ms
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had trouble finding the centre - it seemed that not one taxi driver had ever heard of it - and once we were there we found out that due to Ramadan there were no activities during the day! Having said that, the centre staff...More

Thank Ellie C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great way to get a tast of the UAE culture. Taste the food, experience Arab hospitality, and you get to opportunity to ask questions about Arab traditions, culture and islam.

Thank Gerjola
Reviewed 6 June 2017

We attended the cultural lunch which with about 20-30 other people. We were introduced to the staff working at the centre and they explained that the lunch would be the same as an Emrati family were hosting guests. The building itself is similar to a...More

2  Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

I went here as part of a school trip in May 2017 and it was definitely one of the highlights. You a served a cultural meal while your host answers any and all questions you may have. The questions can be about Dubai, the Sheikh,...More

1  Thank Colin O
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This place is very difficult to find but worth the effort. Be sure to take a taxi and if possible the phone number for the center. A security guard helped us find it and our friends ended up at the locked back door thanks to...More

Thank gourmetrose
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Open doors open minds is the slogan of the SMCCU. We booked 2 tours: the old town visit and the trad. brunch. Our host was friendly and hospital. He explained the Emirati traditions and was open to answer all questions about culture, lifestyle, religion, clothes,...More

Thank Volker K
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.