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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

    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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    6 Mar 2019
    by anaizek
  • Great for an evening out with meal. Arrive early or stay after to give yourself time to walk around.
    Emirati breakfast, lunch and dinners! With local people talking about their culture! You ask they answer about their life's. The presentation and Q and A were informative and very well done.Valuable sharing of Emirati life and culture. Learnt a lot.
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    19 Feb 2019
    by dinny34
  • A truly wonderful initiative
    The hosts for this are informative, welcoming and completely open, you can ask anything about Emirati life and culture and they will answer freely and honestly. I would encourage any visitor to Dubai to go to the Cultural Centre, it is eye opening
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    14 Feb 2019
    by BlueOryx
  • The Best Way to Start a Trip to the UAE
    I attended a Cultural Breakfast with my brother. Our hosts, Fatiya (?) and Abdullah, were fantastic and welcoming. By the end, our quiet group was laughing and starting to open up. I had already been in the country 2 weeks and learned so much. I fully support what the SMCCU stands for and their approach. It helps people relax and lower barrier and pre-conceptions in a positive fashion (food certainly doesn't hurt!). I wish every country could have a place such as this!

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