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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  • We attended the cultural lunch which with about 20-30 other people. We were introduced to the staff working at the centre and they explained that the lunch would be the same as an Emrati family were h...  more »
  • I went here as part of a school trip in May 2017 and it was definitely one of the highlights. You a served a cultural meal while your host answers any and all questions you may have. The questions can...  more »
  • This place is very difficult to find but worth the effort. Be sure to take a taxi and if possible the phone number for the center. A security guard helped us find it and our friends ended up at the lo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • We had a wonderful evening today at SMCCU. The hosts were genuinely welcoming, the Emirati food and dessert was cooked to perfection. The culture was explained in a most interesting and light-hearted manner by Abdallah and all questions were answered with good humour. The breaking of the fast was followed by the prayers and then the Iftar was served. A visit to the Mosque was the highlight of the evening. Altogether a memorable experience. Highly recommended.
  • A wonderful place to share your culture and religion with open doors open minds people of UAE