The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is based in the Bastakia Quarter/Al Fahidi area 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.
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 day (except Friday) 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.
BurJuman (0.8 miles) - Located in Bur Dubai, BurJuman is a classic, family-friendly community mall with an eclectic mix of stores to suit every taste.
City Centre Al Shindagha (0.9 miles) - Shopping mall in Al Shindagha. Stores include Carrefour, Babyshop, Max, and Splash.
Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding include:
XVA Cafe (0.1 miles) - Courtyard restaurant at the XVA Art Hotel. Peaceful atmosphere. Offers vegetarian Arabic dishes.
Arabian Tea House (0.1 miles) - Outdoor cafe in Bur Dubai. Relaxed courtyard setting with tables shaded by canopies. Offers more than 100 varieties of tea from all corners of the globe. Food menu includes Arabic breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, and BBQ dishes.
Al Ustad Special Kabab (0.3 miles) - Legendary Iranian restaurant. One of the best budget restaurants in Dubai. Founded in 1978. Aka Special Ostadi Restaurant.
Danial Restaurant (0.5 miles) - Buffet restaurant. Good range of dishes. Good value for money.
Sind Punjab (0.6 miles) - Hole-in-the-wall restaurant established in 1977. Offers authentic Punjabi cuisine. Great butter chicken. Located in Meena Bazaar.
Karachi Darbar (0.6 miles) - Cheap restaurant offering a variety of Pakistani, Indian, and Chinese dishes.
Aseelah (0.6 miles) - Arabic restaurant at the Radisson Blu. Licensed. Entertainment and belly dancing.
The Pub (0.6 miles) - British-style pub. Cosy interior with wood-panelled walls.
Yum! (0.6 miles) - Pan-Asian restaurant with open kitchen. Dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore etc.
Creekside Japanese Restaurant (0.8 miles) - Japanese restaurant at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers in Deira. Buffet nights feature various Asian cuisines. Terrace offers good views of the Dubai Creek.
Doors Freestyle Grill (0.9 miles) - Steakhouse and seafood restaurant at Al Seef. Offers super juicy steaks, lamb chops, and more. Overlooks the Dubai Creek. Unlicensed.
Rasoi Ghar (1 miles) - Vegetarian restaurant offering Gujarati and Rajasthani thali. Located opposite BurJuman.
Hotels near Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding include:
Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa (0.2 miles)
Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton (0.3 miles)
Grand Nova Hotel (0.3 miles)
Al Khaleej Grand Hotel (0.3 miles)
Best Western Plus Pearl Creek (0.4 miles)
Downtown Hotel (0.4 miles)
Al Khoory Inn Bur Dubai (0.4 miles)
Hyatt Place Dubai Baniyas Square (0.4 miles)
York International Hotel (0.4 miles)
Carlton Tower Hotel (0.4 miles)
OYO 578 Oasis Deira Hotel (0.5 miles)
Galaxy Plaza Hotel (0.5 miles)
White Fort Hotel (0.5 miles)
OYO 314 24 Gold Hotel (0.5 miles)
Phoenicia Hotel (0.5 miles)
TANHA HOTEL (0.5 miles)
OYO 140 Al Hashemi Hotel (0.5 miles)
Landmark Plaza Hotel (0.5 miles)
Holiday Inn Bur Dubai - Embassy District (0.5 miles)
Sun and Sands Plaza Hotel (0.5 miles)
DreamWhite Hotel (0.5 miles)
Mount Royal Hotel (0.5 miles)
Sahar Hotel (0.5 miles)
Orchid Vue Hotel (0.5 miles)
Better Living Hotel Apartments (0.6 miles)
Raviz Center Point Hotel (0.6 miles)
Central Paris Hotel, Baniyas Square (0.6 miles)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (0.6 miles)
Gateway Hotel (0.7 miles)
Ascot Hotel (0.7 miles)
Fal Hotel L.L.C (0.7 miles)
New Penninsula Hotel (0.7 miles)
Mark Inn Hotel Deira (0.7 miles)
Zagy Hotel (0.7 miles)
Hyde Park Hotel (0.8 miles)
Deema Hotel (0.8 miles)
City Seasons Towers Hotel Bur Dubai (0.8 miles)
Grayton Hotel (0.8 miles)
Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel (0.8 miles)
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers (0.8 miles)
Grand Square Hotel (0.8 miles)
Majestic City Retreat Hotel ( Formerly Majestic Hotel Tower) (0.9 miles)
Hampton by Hilton Dubai Al Seef (0.9 miles)
Africana Hotel (0.9 miles)
Le Wana Hotel (0.9 miles)
Royalton Hotel (0.9 miles)
Canopy by Hilton Dubai Al Seef (0.9 miles)
Jonrad Hotel (0.9 miles)
Howard Johnson Bur Dubai (1 miles)
Nearby Metro Stations
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