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“emirati culture”(71 reviews)
“heritage tour”(46 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
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Al Mussallah Rd | House 26, Al Fahidi District, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Creek
+971 4 353 6666
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a spent couple of hours. We learned so very much about the culture of the people of Dubai. We had a nice lunch that was made with recipes from the area.

Thank Lisa A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went for a lunch excursion with a large group. Overall found very interesting. Some of the information shared seemed a little rehearsed, however enjoyed the experience and the food was tasty.

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Have any questions about the Emirati culture or just keen to hear from a local what it is like living in Dubai (with a few great stories thrown in) - highly recommend to visit, make sure you book as there are several tour groups going...More

Thank stelladebs
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting and informative way to learn about the life and culture in UAE. An easy way to understand and would definitely recommend this.

Thank MateEeMa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly enjoyed this session. Wasn't like anything we had expected. We went as part of an offsite and had the best time learning about the UAE culture and traditions.

Thank TAD1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

if you want to know the history of the UAE this is it, the rich culture and beautiful manners that personifies the elegant culture that The UAE exibits a wonderful time, educational and delicious food, a must for travellers

Thank biltagideirdre
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went along as part of a cultural day in Dubai having been to most of the tourists hot spots. The setting of a traditional lunch with a local presenter sharing the ways of the UAE people and the opportunity to ask questions was very...More

Thank thelooks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A informative introduction to the main tenets of Islam for Westerners. They served tea and snacks on arrival, and we were made to feel very welcome. An English lady who married an Emiratis gave the talk. She was a friendly, albeit quite bossy! Women should...More

Thank GemmaTravels
Reviewed 8 August 2018

The UAE has a massive population of immigrants from across the world, attracted by the country's opportunities, its visionary leadership and the friendly nature of its people. But with expats far outnumbering the local population, one rarely gets to interact with locals or understand their...More

1  Thank iammanish2015
Reviewed 8 August 2018

SMCCU is a place where you get to learn about the local culture, customs and religion through its various interactive programmes under the banner and motto of the centre.Myself and my kids enjoyed this experience.

Thank abmascarenhas
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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the
air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders
call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the
place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to
uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really
began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one
of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily
recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original
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2 September 2018|
Response from Etern G | 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.
Scarlett P
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
Qurat A
6 March 2017|
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Response from Joe V | 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