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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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    19 Jun 2018
    by nickiBH
  • Must see
    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 was quite a mistake as we should have arrived earlier in the afternoon, because there was so much to see. We visited the centre and the nearby coffee museum, and as we continued walking to the boat (and the underground museum) and then the canal, and then ended up in Indian lane. It took us hours wandering around. I would suggest arriving in the neighbourhood not later than 3 pm to fully appreciate the culture. The staff is wonderful and friendly.
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    15 Jun 2018
    by DrLaurie123
  • A most interesting place
    Understanding the dramatic changes in Dubai from the past to recent years is enhanced by this excellent Centre. Worth a visit.
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    8 Jun 2018
    by LoucyWorld
  • A totally recommendable visit
    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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