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“I did this every single day for a year before I went to uni. I just love that I get to talk to people and bring a different, positive light onto what the Middle East and the Emiratis and Muslims are all about,” she says.
What’s the biggest mis-conception, we wonder? “That we are all very rich.”
“I got a little emotional,” says Morales, who calls her followers “peri-pocket pals”. “They put the abaya on me and took me through that whole process,” she says. “It felt so peaceful and it was very cool to see my viewers be like: ‘Oh! I understand that now.’ Because there is a misconception that, being a Muslim country, women are owned and told what to do – and we go to see it from a different sense, a sense of privacy and choice. I wish we had more tolerance.”
Like they all are at the Cultural Center! Not quite a lecture, but a funny, educational and enlightening chat. Running the show was Mr. Abdulla Al Hussam, who graciously answered all the questions from the audience. You want to know the highlights of what was asked and said?
El pasado jueves, en uno de los salones de Faena Hotel de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, el Departamento de Turismo, Comercio y Marketing de Dubái (DTCM) organizó un encuentro con medios de prensa en horas de la mañana y un workshop para agentes de viajes y operadores, por la tarde con la finalidad de tomar contacto con los representantes del destino, receptivos y hoteleros.
Emirati cultural ambassador Nasif Kayed, director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding, said attitudes must change. “When students graduate, firstly they’re looking for compensation, then lower workloads and finally a job that benefits the country and society. This we need to flip to make the last the first.”
“Fasting is to attain taqwa, which is self-consciousness… You learn how to appreciate your blessings: food and drink, your relationship with your spouse,” Nasif Kayed, managing director of the Dubai-based Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), told Al Arabiya News.
Now a cultural expert says more emphasis needs to be given to promoting Old Dubai to tourists, instead of beach developments or super malls, to give them a taste of the emirate’s real heritage.
“Everyone has the beach and sunshine and malls,” said Nasif Kayed, director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding in Al Fahidi.
According to Dr Nasif Kayed, managing director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, the concept of the lanterns originated in ancient Egypt.
He explained: “Stories state that in 358 AH during the Fatimid dynasty, when Caliphate Al-Muʿizz li-Dīn Allah arrived the first day of Ramadan, the people and children of Egypt went outside to greet him holding their lanterns."
The emphasis during Ramadan is on spiritual transformation from within, according to Nasif Kayed, managing director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). “Ramadan in the UAE and Gulf is special in terms of bonding and closeness between the younger and older generations of a family. Here you can see many generations living together and observing Ramadan in a very traditional way,” Kayed said.
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Stereotypes of Emirati Workers are a Myth: The National
Nasif Kayed, managing director of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding, said: “The stereotype that Emiratis are not willing to work or don’t put in enough effort is not true – it is a myth."
El Correo Del Golfo: Dubaiytu descubre en español las tradiciones de Emiratos
Con una amena bienvenida a pies descalzos y con café árabe especiado con cardamomo y azafrán, fueron recibidos en el Centro para el Entendimiento Cultural Sheikh Mohammed en Al Fahidi de Dubai, los participantes que se unieron a la iniciativa de Dubaiytu (www.dubaiytu.com) para entender la forma de vida y tradiciones de Emiratos Árabes Unidos.
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The National: Cultural Awareness Required in the UAE Workplace
Nasif Kayed, the managing director of The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding, said it is important for prospective workers to learn about the UAE before they move here.
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The programme for the evening also included a light-hearted but eloquent talk by Nasif Kayed the General Manager of The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, who highlighted the virtues of Ramadan, Islamic history, culture, and life in the UAE.
How to behave with charm and respect in Cosmopolitan Dubai
Dubai: Jumeirah Mosque, a top tourist attraction in Dubai, has won an award from a popular travel website in recognition of the large number of people who visited it and expressed their appreciation of their experience there.
El Correo Del Golfo: "La Mezquita de Jumeirah recibe el Certificado de Excelencia de Tripadvisor 2014"
El Centro Mohammed Sheikh para el Entendimiento Cultural anunció que el Programa de Visita Mezquita Jumeirah ha recibido un Certificado TripAdvisor del premio a la Excelencia.
Dubai PR Network: "Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding hosts the Award Ceremony of its 2nd annual ‘Treasures of the UAE' Art Competition" December 14, 2013
In the celebration of this year's UAE 42nd National Day, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) were pleased to host an Award Ceremony on Monday 2nd December to honour the 24 winning student artists of the 2013 “Treasures of the UAE “ Art Competition. The Ceremony included prize giving, a private Cultural Lunch and a Heritage Tour of the Al Fahidi Historic District.
Dubai is nicknamed "Do Buy" and for good reason.
But, if you want to get under the skin of the UAE, to learn more not just about the do’s and don’ts of expat life but about Emirati life itself, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is a good place to start.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is trying to bridge the gap between different perspectives and sensibilities
DUBAI: The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) on Sunday said its “Treasures of the UAE” art competition will be launched on 2 December in celebration of the UAE’s 41st National DDUBAI: The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) on Sunday said its “Treasures of the UAE” art competition will be launched on 2 December in celebration of the UAE’s 41st National Day.
As tradition goes, 25-year-old Tasneem Karam remembers Iftar being a strictly family affair. “When I was a kid, we would break the day long fast with water and dates at home and visit the mosque for prayers. My mother would have cooked a healthy meal for the family because eating a heavy meal after several hours of fasting is not possible,” said Karam.
WAM Emirates New Agency: "SMCCU receives movies, documentaries from Dubai Media Incorporated" April 21, 2013
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Culture Understanding (SMCCU) received a number of English documentaries from Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). The documentaries will be projected for the centre's visitors from all over the world to reinforce the cultural communication.
When visitors arrive in Dubai the one sure place to find out about local culture and interact with Emiratis is the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The centre was established in 1998 under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as a non-profit organisation. It is situated in a traditional wind tower in historic Bastakiya, one of the oldest districts in the city
Gulf News Article: "Shaikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding Announces Ramadan Programe" July 15, 2012
The Shaikh Mohammad Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), has announced the beginning of its 2012 Ramadan programme taking place from July 22 to August 15.
At the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, no question is ever too trivial as it bids to foster understanding between Dubai Emiratis and the city’s expat community and help smooth the path for international corporations setting up in the region
As expats, it’s easy to stick to the security of what we know – the people, the food, and the activities we enjoyed at home. Likewise, as tourists, it’s easy to while away the hours on Dubai’s beaches, shopping in the air-conditioned splendour of the malls, and eating at some of the word’s best restaurants. But what about the real Dubai?