This renovated 1890 courtyard house, just north of the Spice Souq, once belonged to Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, the founder of Al-Ahmadiya...
Deira Spice Souq
Just follow your nose to the best buys at this evocative souq. The guttural singsong of Arabic bounces around the lanes of this small...
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Stop by this Creekside favourite to munch on mezze and grills (the tangy lamb shwarma is delish) or fresh saj manakish (Lebanese...
Grand Abu Shakra
Black-and-white TVs show classics (sound off) from the golden age of Egyptian cinema, a fitting backdrop for Dubai’s best-known Egyptian...
Al-Ahmadiya St · interesting places nearby
Al-Ahmadiya School information
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.