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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding: Tours & Tickets

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“cultural lunch”(48 reviews)
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The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) invites visitors and residents alike to learn about the local culture, customs and religion through its various interactive programmes under the banner and motto of the centre, "Open...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Al Souk Al Kabir
+971 4 353 6666
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent tour. Very interesting, our guide was very nice and really make us feel home, explaining many aspectos of this amazing culture. You visit a tradicional house, the old village, some artisans and a neighborhood moske. If you go to Dubai you must do this!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Fernanda A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even better than I expected. We walked in very flustered after walking from the museum on a excruciatingly hot day, and were welcomed with a friendly smile and cold drinks. The place is air-conditioned and the lunch was fantastic. The talk was fascinating and we...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Blinkybill007
Reviewed 9 September 2019

There are few historic or cultural activities in Dubai but this lunch, while touristy, does give a glimpse of an old Emirate home, food and traditions. The chicken birayani and dough balls with date syrup were particularly tasty.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank carton w
Reviewed 28 August 2019

My friend and I came to the Centre for Cultural Understanding and did two of their offerings. First we did the Heritage Tour, Mosque Visit and then we stayed for the Cultural Lunch and Talk. While both were great experiences, I felt that the substance...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 28 August 2019

Really disappointed with this tour. I was really looking forward to looking round the historic district and learning about the history and culture of Dubai. The tour was cancelled with out notice and we had travelled by taxi for 1 hour to get there. We...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank jackien1uk
Reviewed 9 August 2019

It was the best way to start the UAE trip. It was commercialised as an opportunity to dine like locals but at the end of the day it was much more than that. Already the name of the institution which holds breakfast tells much –...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank annshakotko
Reviewed 7 August 2019

If you ever want to understand the emirate culture this is the place to visit. Although during the month of Ramadan was my visit I enjoyed the fact that I got to break fast in the traditional emirate way and also got to taste the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank reuelmaharaj
Reviewed 20 July 2019

We loved this experience, the staff, the food, the building and the area. I was able to try on local clothing to experience what is is like for a Muslim woman. All questions were answered freely and the presenter was friendly and delivered the information...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Gillian S
Reviewed 23 June 2019

What a wonderful, amazing opportunity to learn about Emirati and Islamic culture and taste their cuisine. They will field any question, seriously! If you don’t ask, they will volunteer to dispel any and all rumors about their culture. At the end, they even dress you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ChadC73
Reviewed 14 June 2019

We booked both the Heritage Tour and the Cultural Lunch and did both right at the first day of our visit to Dubai. The atmosphere is very open - really open door / open mind, provides good insights into the Emerati culture and there is...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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2 September 2018|
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Response from tripofeterns | Reviewed this property |
I think its yes because they do have a lot of rooms nearby with lockers. As well nearby they do have oriental house hotel which is 3 star and you can leave there, not really expensive 250 AED which in $ approx 69-75 USD.
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7 May 2018|
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Response from 4u2c2017 | Reviewed this property |
Good afternoon, Museum hours, 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday. Please keep in mind that it is now Ramadan timings here in the UAE. Tourists can visit the Museum for Iftar dinner in the evenings during this time... More
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6 March 2017|
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Response from Joze48 | Reviewed this property |
we did not eat there, we were allowed to do a walking tour through the entire complex. Found it very easy to walk around and it was quite interesting. No charge