So here they are. A lot of the pictures we took on Thursday 1st of December at the ‘Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding’ ! I learnt so many beautiful things. A lot about Islam as well as the Arab culture. I was amazed and loved those hours so much. Everything I learnt was so interesting. I’m super happy I had this opportunity. Hope you guys like the pictures!

Now I really need to go shower, get ready and leave with some of my local friends to celebrate the U.A.E. National Day!

Have an amazing day everyone!

Love, Giulia

P.S. Here’s a small paragraph about the SMCCU:

The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is a non-profit organisation established to increase awareness and understanding between the various cultures that live in Dubai. 

Operating under the banner 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 United Arab Emirates.

Whether you reside in the UAE or are here for as a tourist, you are invited to visit SMCCU located in a traditional wind tower house in the heart of Bastakiya in Bur Dubai. Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of Bastakiya, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai. Join our experienced tour guides for a walk through the unique narrow sikkas and beautiful wind towers that adorn the original residences of this historic district.

The SMCCU offers cultural breakfasts, traditional lunches, mosque visits, Bastakiya tours, cultural awareness programs and events and many more wonderful things.

My all-time favourite Arabic tradition food. They’re dumplings & they’re so delicious! – Thanks to one of my readers i finally know the name is: IGAIMAT

 Open Doors, Open Minds!

 U.A.E. Flag =)


We got to attend the morning prayers at the Mosuqe. It was such a wonderful experience and we all learned so much. 

Mr. Nasif Kayed & I


Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding

Thursday 1st December 2011

For more information or to register for any of our events, please contact SMCCU at the information listed below. Office hours are Sunday through Thursday from 09.00h to 18.00h, and Saturday from 09.00h to 13.00h. 

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

House 26, Al Mussallah Road

Bastakiya, Bur Dubai

Phone: +971 4 353 6666

Fax: +971 4 353 6661




  1. Anonymous
    December 3, 2011 / 7:22 am

    the arabic food you love is called lgaimat…theyre dumplings 🙂

  2. Giulia Z.
    December 3, 2011 / 10:00 am

    Thank you so much for the information!

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