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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

#156 of 1,670 Tours in Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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About Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
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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Kristi S wrote a review Jun 2021
San Clemente, California39 contributions28 helpful votes
This review may not be a fair review because we did not actually participate in the Cultural Meal and Talk, however, I had to make this review because of what we did experience. We had no knowledge of this center and stubbled upon it when our taxi driver dropped us off in their parking lot, to tour the more authentic area of Dubai. We thought we would stop inside to cool off and see what it was about. Unfortunately we were there after their experience and as they were closing. However, they welcomed us in and allowed us to tour around the building. After enjoying the upstairs patio area, we came back down and talked with the staff. They told us all about what they do and who they are. We learned a lot about each staff member and were so impressed with their backgrounds, each of their ambitions and what the center offers. The center offers a safe place to ask questions, learn more about the culture and how to forge understanding. We wanted to come back and participate in their lunch, another day, but we were leaving Dubai and could not participate. This center will be the top of our list and first stop when visiting Dubai again. Thank you to the wonderful staff who opened the center, their stories and their kindness to us.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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shanizee1 wrote a review May 2021
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates16 contributions10 helpful votes
I had a wounderful experience during the visit . To know how middle eastern traditions and cultural values are still followed among Arabs. Great cusine.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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California_momofsix wrote a review Apr 2021
Fairfield1073 contributions587 helpful votes
Lunch or dinner at the Dubai center for cultural understanding should be on your itinerary. Tickets can be reserved online for around 30 dollars. The center is easy to find at the entrance to the Al Fahidi historical center, a 10 minute walk from the Sharaf metro station on the green line or 15 minutes from Burjuman station on the red line. There is also parking at the Al Seef shopping center that's just a few minutes away. I would recommend arriving a few minutes early because there is a brief check in process. Lunch is served in a beautiful room with white arches, red carpets and red pillows. Visitors are seated on the red pillows or on benches around the perimeter. The food is laid on on gorgeous silver dishes on the floor in the center of the room. Two college students hosted our dinner, a young woman from Dubai and a young man from Abu Dhabi. They were so friendly and welcoming, we felt very comfortable immediately. We had a great discussion and they were very open to answering any questions for as long as we wanted to stay. We were so impressed with them. What a great opportunity to meet actual Emiratis and talk to them about their life and views. The food was delicious. There was more than we could eat, including several rice and meat dishes, a salad and dessert and beverages. The cultural center accommodated to our dietary restrictions. During Covid, pillows were separated and dinnerware was sealed in plastic. Masks had to be worn when not eating. We felt perfectly safe. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Dunja R wrote a review Apr 2021
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico25 contributions20 helpful votes
I just came from my “Emirats dinner” . A beautiful Experience to talk to young Dubai people. I would recommend everyone to take a great Break and Book this tour.
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Benoit wrote a review Mar 2021
Lebanon, Tennessee1 contribution1 helpful vote
I've been to dubai several times every year and I was kind of shocked to find barriers now around the fence where the camels are and we weren't allowed to come near because a special group is there from the center!! You should reconsider that because I wouldn't pay that much money to be part of your group to see the camels!! And not to mention that little man carrying the coffee and shouting at tourists to stay away from the special group from your center. Really bad impression
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Date of experience: March 2021
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