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    Category

    Heritage Sites, Art & Culture, Kids, Landmark/Sightseeing, Entertainment, Eating/Food Experience, Family

    Area

    Bur Dubai

    Time

    Today 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location

    House 26 & 47, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Al

    +97143536666
    Description

    Expatriates and UAE nationals are neighbours; however they can also be strangers. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, saw the need to reach out and educate expatriates in the traditions and customs of the UAE. His vision led to the creation of The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in 1998. In 2015, the SMCCU was honoured to become a member ofThe Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiativesand continues to be a bridge between the many different nationalities living, working and visiting the UAE through its award-winning programmes. Locatedin a beautifully restored wind tower house in the historic Al Fahidi HistoricalNeighbourhood in Bur Show More

     Expatriates and UAE nationals are neighbours; however they can also be strangers. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, saw the need to reach out and educate expatriates in the traditions and customs of the UAE. His vision led to the creation of The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in 1998. In 2015, the SMCCU was honoured to become a member of The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives and continues to be a bridge between the many different nationalities living, working and visiting the UAE through its award-winning programmes.

    Located in a beautifully restored wind tower house in the historic Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai, the centre offers a range of activities, from traditional cuisine to conversations with local Emiratis. With its motto Open Doors, Open Minds, all questions – no matter how sensitive – are welcome and answered. Sign up for a traditional Emirati breakfast, lunch, or dinner and you’ll start with a guided walking tour of the historic Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.Then take a seat on Bedouin-style carpets and pillows and enjoy a selection of traditional dishes while your local host answers questions about life in the emirate. Be sure to book early to guarantee a spot.

    They have different programmes with Cultural Meals, Heritage Tours, Museums visits, etc. You can choose one of your liking and experience a great time with family and friends.

     
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    3Reviews
    • Naazish
      Naazish

      Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is a great place to visit if you want to feel close to the Emirati culture. With traditional Emirati meals you will be blown away by the facts shared by your Emirati speaker and guide during your tour and cultural meal. The place is a reminder of the roots of the culture and what UAE has to offer to its guests.

    • Mohammad Doctor
      Mohammad Doctor

      If you're interested in UAE's rich culture and tradition you HAVE to go here...When we were there we learnt so many new things about UAE's history... How the Old Dubai used to be like.. Early fishermens and pearl diving photographs...It was golden... You wouldn't believe what UAE has turns into today after you've experienced Sheikh Mohammad Centre!

    • Franisha Francis
      Franisha Francis

      You can experience Dubai's history, culture and food while enjoying the atmosphere of the old Dubai town. If you want to learn traditional culture and enjoy the traditional home atmosphere together, rather than just eating Arabica food, this is a great place to visit. The guide will be explained in English, so let's ask questions if it matters. The food offered was unusually delicious for the Arabian cuisine, although it did not contain hummus. I especially like Dates and Donuts with Date Sauce. Also, the pre-meal arabic coffee I gave out here was unique and very interesting. It also tells you how to drink coffee.

    • Do not self drive to museums and heritage sites as they are located in crowded old city areas and parking is a scarcity there; you are rather advised to use public transport.
    • Wear easy to slip in and out footwear as many places would need you to remove your footwear.
    • DOWNTOWN DUBAI -Try scheduling a visit to the top of Burj Khalifa, the Dubai fountain show and Shopping at Dubai mall in one single day; as they are all interconnected.
    • There is a plethora of outdoor activities in Dubai. You can choose between city tour buses for land, Dhowcruise and Abra Rides for water and activities like Hot Air Balloon and Dubai Ski Dive for Air. Apart from the many varieties of food & beverage with
    • Dubai Opera is just a few steps in case you would want to get into a musical before you end your day at the Downtown Dubai.
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