Al Fahidi with SMCCU

The Al Fahidi neighborhood is a historic district located in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is known for its traditional wind tower houses and narrow streets, and is a popular tourist destination.

SMCCU stands for the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. It is a non-profit organization based in the Al Fahidi neighborhood that aims to promote cultural understanding and tolerance through educational programs and cultural experiences. The organization offers a range of activities, including guided tours of the Al Fahidi neighborhood, traditional Emirati meals, and cultural workshops. These activities are designed to provide visitors with an authentic and immersive cultural experience, and to help them learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the UAE.

Here is a suggested itinerary for a tour of the Al Fahidi neighborhood with the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU):

  1. Meet at the SMCCU Visitors Centre in the Al Fahidi neighborhood.
  2. Take a guided walk through the narrow streets of the Al Fahidi neighborhood, learning about the history and architecture of the traditional wind tower houses.
  3. Visit the SMCCU Museum, which displays traditional Emirati artifacts and provides information about the culture and history of the UAE.
  4. Attend a cultural workshop at the SMCCU, such as a henna design session or a traditional Emirati cooking class.
  5. Enjoy a traditional Emirati lunch at the SMCCU, featuring dishes such as hummus, falafel, and shawarma.
  6. Participate in a Q&A session with a local Emirati host, where you can ask questions and learn more about Emirati culture and daily life.
  7. Conclude the tour at the SMCCU Visitors Centre.

This itinerary can be customized based on your interests and the specific offerings of the SMCCU. The organization also offers additional activities and experiences, such as guided tours of local mosques and souks (markets), as well as cultural talks and discussions


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