United Arab Emirates

Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)

2 hours

Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)

If you want to know really interesting details about the UAE’s impressive, cultural past and about some of the historic traditions and customs of amazing Emiratis, you are welcome. Established in 1998, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding has the aim to provide education to expats about the rich and diverse culture of the Emirati people and their customs. It is located in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, one of the most popular historic sites in Dubai.


  • Various Programmes to understand Emirati traditions and the day-to-day life of Emirati citizens
  • Heritage tour, Dagger museum and Mosque visit
  • Open Cultural Events
  • Desert friends
  • Delicious dive into the local cultural and cuisine to interactions with local Emiratis
  • Various guided walking tours with a range of historical landmarks and culturally significant sites
  • Arabic tea, coffee and dates while on the tour
  • Specialized Teachers’ cultural induction programme that allows teachers unfamiliar with Emirati customs and traditions to develop a comprehensive understanding of the country
  • Corporate Induction Programme, where Emirati presenters inform participants about the Emirati business etiquettes while instilling cultural sensitivity
  • A live talk hosted in the heart of the Al Fahidi Historical District to highlight the historical significance of the camel in Emirati history and culture
  • Private Programmes
  • Educational Programmes


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