Time To Change Those Preconceived And Often Incorrect Views Of Dubai? Now You Can With … Open Doors. Open Minds.
I am sure many of us have preconceived views of Dubai, and I suspect, no in fact I know, that many are incorrect, with many perhaps reflecting a Dubai of the past, not the Dubai of today.
Even for me, a regular visitor to Dubai, my eyes were opened on my visit to Arabian Travel Market 2015 and travelling around Dubai, and especially through meeting with Mr Nasif Kayed, [pictured] Managing Director of The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
Why? Because it has becoming increasingly clear to me and many others that Dubai is now a uniquely modern and cosmopolitan city, home to families from all over the world, each with their own distinctive culture, with expatriates and UAE nationals now neighbours and working and living together in this dynamic city and country.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, saw the need to reach out and educate expatriates in the traditions and customs of the UAE as far back as 1998 and his vision led to the creation of The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in 1998, with centre now a vital part of the multicultural mix that is Dubai today.
With the Centre located in a traditional Wind Tower House in the heart of the historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai and it offers a range of enrichment activities through its award winning programmes, Mr Kayed told me that operating under the centre’s philosophy and motto “Open Doors. Open Minds.” the Centre strives to raise awareness and demystify the local culture, customs and religion of the United Arab Emirates, with an overall objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, visiting and residing across the UAE.
I attended an excellent presentation by Mr Kayed and what a dynamic and eye opening presentation it was, and I also had the opportunity to chat with him about Dubai today and some of those preconceived views.
You can check out a part of his presentation at Arabian Travel Mart below and also my chat with him, by clicking on the video boxes below … you could be quite surprised: –
Written by : John Alwyn-Jones