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Cultural Iftar during the holy month

If you’ve ever wondered around the lovely Bastakiyah area, near the Creek, you will most definitely have come across the Sheikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding. It 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.

Keep your eye on the website as there are many great activities you can get involved in, most popular is the Jumeirah Mosque visit, the Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai which is open to the public and dedicated to receiving non-Muslim guests. It is a unique opportunity to learn about Emirati culture and religion in a relaxed, casual and open atmosphere at this landmark mosque.  The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding hosts visits of the Grand Jumeirah Mosque every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10am.

Also, try the traditional Emirati breakfast or lunch in the ambience of the Bastakiya house, a typical original old wind tower house. If you do you will meet my good friend Nasif – the General Manager… You will enjoy a meal with local flair while chatting with an Emirati host about UAE culture, customs and religion. Breakfasts are hosted every Monday and Wednesday at 10am, and lunches are hosted every Sunday and Tuesday at 1pm – these are particularly enjoyable.

However, the reason for my post – Cultural Iftar. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, which is going to be upon us very soon, you can join SMCCU for a Cultural Iftar, held in the courtyard of the wind-tower house in the heart of historical Bastakiya, Old Bur Dubai, the evening will commence after the athan (the call to prayer) at sunset. Break the fast with your Emirati hosts and enjoy Arabic coffee and dates, then take a moment to watch your hosts pray before Iftar is served. You are invited to ask any questions you may have about Ramadan, the culture or the traditions of the UAE. After Iftar, a visit to the Bastakiya Mosque, before returning to SMCCU house for dessert and Arabic coffee. The event will commence approximately 15 minutes before the call to prayer every night from Friday 5th August until Monday 29th August. Let me know if you go, would love to hear your feedback.

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