The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is based in the Bastakia Quarter of Dubai and was established with the aim of removing the barriers between people of different nationalities and to raise awareness of the local culture, its traditions, customs and Islam among foreign residents and visitors. They do this by organising numerous tours and activities including:
Jumeirah Mosque Tours
Jumeirah Mosque is the only Mosque in Dubai open to non-Muslims. Visitors must be accompanied by a SMCCU guide. Tours are every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 10 am. No booking necessary. Appropriate conservative dress required. The meeting point is outside the Jumeirah Mosque.
Experience a traditional home made U.A.E breakfast in the ambience of the SMCCU’s centre, a typical wind tower house in the Bastakia quarter. The breakfasts are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 am. Bookings required.
Bastakia Walking Tours
A traditional tour of the historical Bastakia Quarter. Bookings are essential.
Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of local dishes with an explanation of the region’s tradition and culture by a UAE national. Every Sunday and Tuesday at 1 pm. Bookings required.
Spoken Arabic Courses – Gulf Dialect
Arabic language course are held on a rolling basis. Contact the centre for more details.