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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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  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“emirati culture” (70 reviews)
“heritage tour” (46 reviews)
“cultural lunch” (44 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"
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"heritage tour"
in 46 reviews
"cultural lunch"
in 44 reviews
"ask questions"
in 44 reviews
"question and answer session"
in 16 reviews
"emirati food"
in 12 reviews
"date syrup"
in 10 reviews
"mosque visit"
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"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 12 reviews
"jumeirah mosque"
in 11 reviews
"arabic coffee"
in 19 reviews
"during ramadan"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

At the end of our stay, we came to this place, thinking that we HAD already seen Dubai, after the Palm, the Dubai mall, and a few other sightseeing places. It was left at the end of the list, perhaps because it was free. That...More

Thank nickiBH
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Understanding the dramatic changes in Dubai from the past to recent years is enhanced by this excellent Centre. Worth a visit.

Thank DrLaurie123
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see and feel how Dubai looked like in the past, then the visit at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is a must! And you learn a lot about the life there as well as the customs.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An introduction to life in the Emirates including background, dress, customs, religion and food Exremely informative and at around £30 per person amazing valus Do not miss If you want to know about the places you are in then this is a win win

Thank Lindsay B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The SMCCU heritage village is one of those attractions that is a must if you are into cultural experiences and like to explore the history and heritage of the local tradition. I visited the village alone which is located around Creek side in Bur Dubai....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I heard about thid place a lot from my friends and local information desks. The place is really historical compare to any other heritage places in entire UAE. I felt like myself alone in entire place. No assistance at all. At the end of my...More

Thank Gunel T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the SMCCU last Saturday evening for the Iftar programme. We were asked to arrive by 6:30 pm for a 7pm start time. The welcome on arrival was very warm and we were invited to visit the house where the reception...More

Thank ShamRas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great historical and cultural experience that can enrich you with memories of the years gone by and what Dubai was like so many years back. A must visit destination !

Thank shehararizly
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here upon first coming to Dubai, and it was the best possible way for me to learn about the culture and incredible cuisine of the UAE! Absolutely loved the free flow of coffee, and exquisite setup of food (5 main courses and several side...More

Thank MNLeisureTraveller
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am so glad that we incorporated this into our time in Dubai. The authentic Arabic food and the educational experience was phenomenal! Well worth it experience!!

Thank wandamsn
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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
...More
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Scarlett P
6 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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