Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

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Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

1. Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the culture and traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions, and taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including dessert. Ask your host or hostess any questions you have, following the SMCCU motto of “Open Doors, Open Mind.” Each dinner is as unique as the questions you might want answers to. Learn about the local cultures and religion in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Dubai: Emirati Cultural Experience with Lunch

2. Dubai: Emirati Cultural Experience with Lunch

Take a trolley ride that is also a cultural experience with this group tour in Dubai. Enjoy a desert Bedouin experience and a question and answer session at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding Heritage House. Meet your guide and hop aboard the Heritage Express trolley to discover the sights, tastes, and essence of Emirati hospitality. Learn more about the culture at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding Heritage House. Go to Jumeirah Mosque Majlis and see what life is like for the Bedouin people. Be transported to the past with entertaining and authentic tales of the city. Snack on local treats and have a real Emeriti meal.

Dubai: Heritage Express Cultural Trolley Tour with Drinks

3. Dubai: Heritage Express Cultural Trolley Tour with Drinks

Take the hassle out of organizing a busy sightseeing itinerary and simply sit back and relax on a trolley tour to see many of Dubai's most stunning cultural sights. Listen to fun, interesting, and historically fascinating stories from your local guide, and stop to snap photos at each site. Enjoy a warm welcome with a refreshment before kickstarting your tour with a fantastic desert Bedouin show. Make your way to Dubai's impressive sights, including: downtown Al Seef, the 200-year-old Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Abra and its creek, Jumeirah Mosque, — the iconic landmark of the nation — and more. End your tour with a wealth of knowledge, photos, and memories of Dubai.

Dubai: Al Fahidi Historical District Heritage Tour

4. Dubai: Al Fahidi Historical District Heritage Tour

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.

Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

5. Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions. Taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including dessert. Ask your host or hostess any questions you have, following the SMCCU motto of “Open Doors, Open Mind.” Each experience is as unique as the questions you might want answers to. Learn about the local cultures and religion in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

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What people are saying about Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 158 reviews

Ottima occasione per conoscere curiosità della cultura locale e per porre domande di ogni genere. Il nostro ospite è stato particolarmente disponibile e comunicativo. Davvero una bella esperienza che consiglio a tutti.

Very informative and interesting. Anyone vacationing here should come to the Center for Cultural Understanding and learn about the local culture. Dubai is not just about shopping and glamor !!!

Excellent. Very good guide. Informative experience. Recommend it highly.

Highly recommended to know life in dubai past and present

super interesting and nice and dinner in the evening too