Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)

Cultural Meals at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offer an amazing combination of two fantastic ways to gain more knowledge and understanding of local traditions and customs: enjoying wonderfully delicious, traditional local cuisine whilst having all your questions answered by your knowledgeable Emirati host.

To really get the most out of your visit to Dubai, it's important to seek out local customs and culture, and to try to gain a true insight and understanding of life in the United Arab Emirates. It's this kind of authentic experience that many thoughtful, curious visitors long to find.

Some of the best routes to gain a cultural understanding of Dubai are via its local inhabitants and its traditional cuisine, and taking part in Cultural Meals at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) combines the two to great effect. Whilst you enjoy delicious, traditional Emirati food and drink, you will benefit from the gracious hospitality and knowledge of a local host, who will be only too happy to answer all the questions you may have about life in the Emirates.

The SMCUU was founded in 1998 with the aim to help visitors from all backgrounds to gain greater knowledge, insight and appreciation of the myriad cultures, customs and traditions of the United Arab Emirates. The centre hosts a packed schedule of events, encompassing guided mosque visits, heritage tours and Arabic language classes. However, its most popular events are undoubtedly its Cultural Meals. Indeed, the meals are so popular amongst visitors and expatriates alike that you are strongly advised to book early to guarantee a spot at the breakfast or dinner table, and avoid disappointment.

When you book your place for Cultural Meals at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, you can look forward to generous helpings of expertly cooked traditional local food, such as balaleet, a sweetened vermicelli combined with raisins and eggs and spiced with cardamom and saffron.

The SMCUU is a non-profit organisation offering a unique, welcoming environment, in line with its guiding philosophy and motto of “Open Doors. Open Minds”. It was established under the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, who identified the need to reach out and embrace all visitors, to spread education and understanding of the life, traditions and customs of the Emirates.

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