Al-Ahmadiya School

Al-Ahmadiya School information

Dubai , United Arab Emirates
Al-Ahmadiya St
north of Spice Souq
+971 4 226 0286
Opening hours
8am-7.30pm Sat-Thu, 2.30-7.30pm Fri
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Dubai’s first school was founded by the pearl merchant Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk and welcomed its first students, all boys, in 1912. You can see the original classroom where they squeezed behind wooden desks to learn the Holy Quran, grammar, Arabic calligraphy, mathematics, literature and astronomy, plus a recreation of an Al Muttawa home-schooling session. Exhibits are pretty basic, although teachers, in particular, may be interested in the more-informative videos about the development of education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The building is lovely: note the exquisite detail, especially the intricate carving within the courtyard arches, the heavy carved doors and the decorative gypsum panels outside the entrance. It remained in use as a school until the student body outgrew the premises in 1963.