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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) Tours

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Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)
Designed to promote Dubai’s customs and culture, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is in the city’s Al Fahidi Historical Quarter—also called the Bastakia Quarter—and welcomes visitors under an “Open Doors, Open Minds” motto. The center showcases Dubai’s traditional and Bedouin roots through a variety of activities.
 
The Basics
Occupying a restored Al Fahidi wind tower house, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) will appeal to anyone interested in Dubai’s history and cultural heritage. In addition to walking tours of Al Fahidi’s sikka lanes, wind towers, and mosques, the center offers a range of interactive experiences. Options include Emirati meals and Q&A sessions held in the cushion-lined courtyard; visits to Dubai’s Jumeirah Mosque; falconry demos, and more.
 
Visitors can prebook online for a number of SMCCU-hosted activities, including walking tours. Alternatively, for a wider look at Dubai paired with cultural insight from the SMCCU, take your pick from full- or half-day Dubai tours that include not just city sightseeing but an SMCCU-guided walk around Al Fahidi.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • An SMCCU tour is essential for visitors who want to gain deeper insight into Dubai’s cultural heritage.
  • Organized experiences and walking tours can involve visits to mosques, so guests should dress modestly with knees and shoulders covered.
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat for the guided walks; Al Fahidi has little shade.
  • There are restrooms on-site, but not much else in the way of facilities.
 
How to Get There
On the edges of Dubai’s Al Fahidi quarter south of Dubai Creek, the SMCCU is surrounded by busy streets and has no parking lot. Instead of driving, take a taxi or the metro to Al Fahidi station. Leave the station from the Al Musallah exit and follow the Al Musallah/Al Satwa Road north, crossing over the Al Fahidi roundabout to the center on your left. It’s a 10-minute walk to the center from the station.
 
When to Get There
The SMCCU is open 8am-4pm Sunday to Thursday and 9am-1pm Saturday, and it’s closed Friday. Tours and activities are held year-round and are most popular during Dubai’s peak season (November-March).
 
What to Expect at a SMCCU Cultural Meal
The cultural meals at the SMCCU include breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner on different days of the week. Guests can expect a light, authentic meal of meat and vegetable dishes, breads, and desserts such as Emirati doughnuts soaked in fig syrup, accompanied by nonalcoholic drinks.

Address: Al Mussallah Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Admission: Varies
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Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

Authentic Emirati Cultural Meal and Talk in Old Dubai

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Delve into traditional Emirati culture over a delicious local meal on an engaging experience in Dubai. Visit the charming Al-Fahidi neighborhood in old Dubai’s Al Bastakiya district, and take a seat in a delightful, wind towered courtyard. After Arabic coffee and dates, enjoy a tasty feast of local specialties, including syrup-soaked ‘ligamat’ donuts. As you eat, enjoy a question-and-answer session with a local expert, covering local culture. Learn about Emirati dress, food and daily life, and leave with a deeper understanding of Dubai’s past and present.
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai

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Spend 1.5 hours following an expert guide through one of Dubai's oldest neighborhoods on this Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya Historical District tour. You'll visit the Ruler's Court Mosque, sample Arabic coffee, sit inside an original wind-tower house dating back to the 19th century and gain an insider's look into the culture and traditions of this incredible destination.
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Walking Tour: Emirati Art and Cultural Tour From Dubai

Walking Tour: Emirati Art and Cultural Tour From Dubai

Discover traditional Emirati culture and art on a 4-hour tour of old Dubai, with a local guide. See the mud-brick wind towers and courtyards of Al Bastakiya and Al Fahidi, visit boutique art galleries, and admire the beautiful Diwan Mosque. Savor Arabic coffee and fresh dates during a fascinating interactive question and answer session about Emirati life and culture; see Deira’s glittering Gold Souk, and explore women’s role in Emirati life and art at Dubai’s Women’s Museum. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
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Full day Historical and Cultural Dubai Tour

Full day Historical and Cultural Dubai Tour

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Dubai may be known for its ultra-modern buildings and flashy facade, but not long ago it was a humble fishing village. Learn more about the city’s rich heritage on this comprehensive tour. Visit historic neighborhoods, the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding, gold souks, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Mosque, and more.
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