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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Expand your cultural awareness

Gain a greater appreciation of Dubai’s culture and customs at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).

Since opening in 1998, the SMCCU has been helping visitors get a better understanding of the culture and customs of the UAE.

The centre invites visitors to take part in their full schedule of activities, including a range of Arabic classes, heritage tours and guided mosque visits.

Seeing the location itself is worth the visit – it’s a beautifully restored wind tower house in the historic Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Among SMCCU's wide range of activities is their traditional Emirati breakfast, lunch or dinner, a popular option with visitors. Take a seat on Bedouin-style carpets and pillows while you enjoy a selection of dishes and your local host answers questions about life in the emirate.

With its motto ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ – all questions are welcome and answered, no matter how sensitive they are.

Be sure to book early to guarantee a spot.

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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Gain a greater appreciation of Dubai’s culture and customs at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).

Since opening in 1998, the SMCCU has been helping visitors get a better understanding of the culture and customs of the UAE.

The centre invites visitors to take part in their full schedule of activities, including a range of Arabic classes, heritage tours and guided mosque visits.

Seeing the location itself is worth the visit – it’s a beautifully restored wind tower house in the historic Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Among SMCCU's wide range of activities is their traditional Emirati breakfast, lunch or dinner, a popular option with visitors. Take a seat on Bedouin-style carpets and pillows while you enjoy a selection of dishes and your local host answers questions about life in the emirate.

With its motto ‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ – all questions are welcome and answered, no matter how sensitive they are.

Be sure to book early to guarantee a spot.

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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding +97143536666 smccu@cultures.ae Al Musalla Rd, Bur Dubai - Dubai 55.3007474 25.2641101 Sun to Thu from 09:00 to 17:00, Sat from 09:00 to 13:00 https://www.visitdubai.com/-/media/dctcm/pois/sheikh%20mohammed%20centre%20for%20cultural%20understanding/thumb%20image/ramadaniftaratsmccuthumb105x105minjpg.jpg
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  • Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

    Opening Timing : Sun to Thu from 09:00 to 17:00, Sat from 09:00 to 13:00

    Address : Al Musalla Rd, Bur Dubai - Dubai

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    2 Apr 2019
    by 593dij
  • A must do experience
    We went on an afternoon visit. Taxi ride from our hotel. The welcome was lovely with refreshments and the talk by the wonderful member of their team was so interesting. We were all very humbled by the whole afternoon. The guide answered all the questions put to him and the actual visit inside the Mosque an experience. You need to wear modest clothing, they do have things you can borrow.
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    28 Mar 2019
    by donvonhajdu
  • Open Doors, Open Minds
    This place helped me realise that most Muslims love westerners! It was especially great to see a photo of President Bush
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    21 Mar 2019
    by leanne1812
  • Most enjoyable and informative
    Highly recommend this tour. We went this morning and had our eyes opened into emirati & Islamic culture & traditions. Our guide couldn't have been more welcoming & open, actively seeking us to question her about anything at all. Our group most certainly did and I felt it was so informative. Learning what we in the western world actually have in common rather than possibly focus on religious differences was a breath of fresh air. I have to commend our guide who entertained & educated us and was very funny too. She spoke of the two seasons in Dubai as "summer & hell" and shared stories of everyday family life for emiratis & the importance of the Muslim faith. She spoke of respect, charity & good manners towards our fellow humans which should be common sense for all of us & is very important to the Muslim faith. She also put to bed some pre-conceived ideas about oppressed females and that was refreshing. A young, modern emirati female so very well suited to her role as a guide. I was so sorry to leave the tour just before finishing as we had to check out from our hotel on time. Apologies also for not remembering out guides name! She was wonderful!

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