Explore one of the oldest areas of Dubai on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Al Fahidi Historical District. Go to Al Bastakiya in Al Fahidi, and visit the Ruler's Court Mosque. Enjoy a cultural Q&A session at the SMCCU, with Arabic tea, coffee and dates.
What to Expect
Travel back to the days before Dubai was dominated by cutting-edge skyscrapers and manmade islands, and discover the Al Fahidi Historical District, site of the last remaining windtower houses.
Meet at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) windtower house. Experience traditional Emirati hospitality, before strolling through the district with your seasoned guide. Learn about the architecture and history of Dubai's Creek settlement buildings.
Continue to the Ruler's Court Mosque (only open to guests of the SMCCU) for a short discussion about the mosque as a part of Emirati life. Return to the SMCCU windtower house for Arabic coffee and dates.
Throughout the tour, ask any question you have about life in the city; no question is off limits! Learn about the center’s award-winning programs, and hear about their philosophy, “Open Doors. Open Minds.” The SMCCU strives to raise awareness and demystify the local culture, customs, and religion of the United Arab Emirates, improving cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests.
- Guided tour of the Al Fahidi Historical District
- Entrance to the Ruler's Court Mosque and SMCCU
- Complimentary Arabic coffee and dates
Meet at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), House 26, Al Musallah Road and Al Seef roundabout, Bur Dubai (adjacent to The Ruler's Court, near to the British Embassy, and just behind the Al Seef roundabout)
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Know Before You Go
• Please note that the SMCCU provides attire that can be borrowed during the mosque portion of your tour