Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai

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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. To visit Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and other attractions in Dubai, use our Dubai travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    It is a shame that such a town offer this place as a Centre for Cultural Understanding with very few information about what it should be. Just have a look to visit this area which has a lot of places ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I participated in the Heritage Tour and the Cultural Dinner and both were absolutely amazing. If you are looking to gain an understanding of the history of the UAE or Islam, bring along your questions...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We did a tour run by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre at the Jumeirah Mosque. The concept of this company is great. They share some details of what life is like being a Muslim in Dubai, and some insight int...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    For first timers to Dubai, this is the best place to visit as they share with you the cultural aspects of the Emirati people. They hold a very open discussion about the Middle East people so you can ask all kinds of questions. Go for the full experience, with the lunch and photo sessions. Highly recommended.
  • September 4, 2017
    Fantastic experience! Answered all my questions on life in the UAE and the intricacies of it's culture.
  • July 21, 2017
    Nice walk but everything seemed a little bit empty. But nontheless you can spend a few minutes in here.
  • April 9, 2017
    We enjoyed the little snacks, the great introduction of Islam and being able to touch some falcons. I felt the walking tour was really rushed and wished there was more time spent on what Emarti life was like before tourism sky rocketed. For ex. Talking about how men used to live in the desert, etc. There were many other buildings in the area but it was unclear if we were allowed to visit them or had to pay extra Otherwise its a bit in the middle of nowhere so if its a hot day make sure you take water and give plenty of time to find the location.
  • April 24, 2017
    This was my favorite thing to do while visiting Dubai. Well worth the time and money and I'd recommend anyone so this. Sheikh Ahmed and his wife are lovely!

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