The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), an authentic Emirati institution whose goal is to promote cultural understanding, respect and cooperation between cultures in the UAE, today officially announced the beginning of its 2012 Ramadan program taking place from July 22nd until August 15th.
Guests are invited to witness the Adhan (call to prayer) and watch their Emirati hosts pray before sitting down to a traditional Emirati Iftar. The program also includes a walking tour of Bastakiya (traditional old Dubai) and a Bastakiya mosque tour before ending the evening with Arabic coffee and dates for dessert.
Alongside experiencing an authentic Emirati Iftar, visitors are encouraged to ask questions about Ramadan, the Islamic tradition of fasting, and any other UAE cultures and traditions. Nasif Kayed General Manager of the SMCCU, who personally runs the program, commented, “Our mission is to engender cross-cultural awareness, understanding, appreciation and respect here in the UAE, and what better time to do so than during Ramadan over a traditional Iftar? Expatriates can experience local tradition first hand and are encouraged to ask any questions they might have about Emirati life, safe in the knowledge they will receive accurate, honest answers.”
Throughout the year, the cultural centre will hold tailored events for companies and work with corporations from around the UAE, providing them with information on cultural integration in the workplace.
The SMCCU is the primary partner for international businesses looking to meaningfully integrate their corporate culture within the UAE. The Centre hosts a variety of activities around the year for residents and tourists including cultural breakfasts and lunches, tours of the Jumeirah mosque, tours of Bastakiya and even Arabic language classes. The centre also works with local schools to promote cultural understanding of tradition and cultural heritage among students residing in the UAE.
Situated in the heart of historical Bastakiya, old Bur Dubai, the SMCCU was established in 1998 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The SMCCU is a non-profit organisation established to increase awareness and understanding between a multitude of cultures and nationalities represented in the UAE. Operating under the philosophy of “Open Doors, Open Minds,” the SMCCU strives to remove barriers between people of different nationalities and raise awareness of the local culture, customs and religion of the UAE.