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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 today

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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Colin O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Probably one of the best things to do in Dubai. This cultural tour will help you understand the people and the history of this region. You can take a morning tour that will include a typical breakfast and then visit the rest of the old...More

Thank taj4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My first trip to Dubai and I found it a bit like a "just add water" instant city, nouveau rich, with any vestiges of history or culture lost in the forest of skyscrapers. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre was a marvelous escape to enjoy Emirati cuisine,...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very interstings historiacal fort - great museum - undeground and air-conditioend - perfect for a Dubai summer.

Thank roberthR8702FA
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't leave Dubai without finding out a bit about it. It has a culture going back a long way. The ruling sheik is keen to foster understanding between nations, . This is a very good place to start

Thank Margaret B
Reviewed 8 May 2017

While in the Bastakiya area this is worth a stop because it is a great place to have lunch which was good and get information from an Emerati on their way of life and history. It was interesting to hear how generous and kind they...More

1  Thank jackjump
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
What was the menu ? And can you please explain this whole thing in detail ? Thank You.
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.
hye! i & family will visiting dubai early of march. is that possible if we want to go around sheikh mohammad, al bastakiya and nearby for free without joining the tour talk? is there any limitations that we cannot go without the tour guide? we are planning to only join the emirates culture food either breakfast or lunch. is it better to book online or walk in? thankyou for helping !
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!
I will be traveling with my family to dubai and am interested in the Iftar at the cultural center but am wondering how long the entire tour and dinner lasts? Thank you
17 March 2016|
Response from Lizzi71 |
Hi I'm sorry i only did the cultural talk in the mosque and it didn't include dinner.