Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai

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#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Dubai
Explore further into the richness of Emirati culture and history with Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing guests to the city, its people, and religion. Take a guided tour of the city's historical district and a mosque to gain a deeper appreciation for the local culture and its main religion. Head out onto the creek on a traditional wooden boat, where your guide will introduce you to the maritime history of the city and the many architectural and cultural landmarks that line the famous stretch of water. A visit to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Dubai trip itinerary planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • Attended the lunch, which was yummy, and although I already learned many of the things spoken about during my trip research, it was still a great experience. Surprised to learn that they are all volun...  more »
  • We had the opportunity to go do the cultural lunch downtown. It was very interesting because in addition to the food we had the opportunity to get to know the culture and customs of this people. Are all very friendly. Recommend.
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  • A small museum of how Dubai evolved over time. It shows the main activities of the emirates in the past and how did the city evolve in time.  more »
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  • A nice place to meet Emiratis Attended and enjoyed very much a great lunch on 24. December and an opulent breakfast some days later after a real impressing falcon-experience. Guests were offered a lot of nice food (not hot ;-) and really delicious - from the fresh dates as a "welcome" to the sweets after the tasty main courses) plus coffee, tea and water. Three very friendly ladies and the director answered to questions of the visitors about modern daily life and old traditions. The place was created by Sheik Mohammed in 1998 - and the motto of the institution is "Open doors - open minds". It is is a nice place for visitors to get in touch with "real Emiratis" - outside you mostly find people from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Philippines etc. living and working in this amazing "miracle of steel and glass" between desert and sea that started with some small houses on the banks of the Creek in ancient times. An "intercultural lunch" (or breakfast) is a very nice experience in the picturesque Al Fahidi neighbourhood near the Creek which is for me "the real attraction" in Dubai. Important: Please make a reservation at least some days before if you want to attend such a meeting.
  • A fantastic historical experience and a must visit for tourists and residents alike. Authentic food, smooth conversation, provocative questions and a welcoming ambiance makes you feel at your good friends' house, the one who is always happy to see you.
  • Great place to explore Emirati culture and food. The people are very welcoming and informative. You can ask any questions on Emirati culture and people and they are very open about it.
  • I learn much about arabic customs, and dresses. During my visit, i was expecting that kind of knowledge, but my particular interest on explanation of arabic customs are sidelined by so many questions on Islam by other (non muslim) visitors. Muslim visitor or orientalist or Islamic scholar would not be interested because they already know most of the answer.
  • Great place to experience local culture and get an insight into the Arab world. Best of all... The food is amazing and a great place to sample authentic traditional food!

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