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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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  • Rating Image
    19 Jan 2019
    by BobOhio1
  • Skip the malls, book a meal here and get a close up of the UAE culture and people
    Booked a lunch via Viator. They provide a host, food and comfortable room. Host talks about their Dubai and there are no questions that are off limits. When we went there was seating for 25 but only 6 of us. The young lady host did a great job. Highly recommend this opportunity to learn about the UAE.
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    5 Jan 2019
    by Cassandra F
  • An Excellent Opportunity To Increase Awareness
    This was my third visit to the center that I used as a way to enlighten my visitors who came to experience Dubai. Each time I learned something new, and always enjoyed a delicious meal. The hosts are very personable and have an easy going style, while being open to responding to questions that range from superficial to probing. Each of the guests I have taken have enjoyed the experience, and we always took home lots of leftovers. The area around the center is definitely worth exploring, and then leaving time to take an abra across the creek to the Old Souq. A very enriching cultural experience available in Dubai.
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    30 Dec 2018
    by binnabj
  • Very interesting and informative
    Highly recommend a guided tour around the Bastakiya quarter if you intend to visit the historical part if Dubai. An absolute must if you are interested in getting a bit of historical and cultural insight.

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