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Al-Ahmadiya School

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Address: Al Ahmadiya St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 2260286
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An unexpected cultural gem.

I happened upon this gem of a museum while wandering around the Deira neighborhood of Dubai. I was more interested in learning about the history and culture of Dubai rather than... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

I happened upon this gem of a museum while wandering around the Deira neighborhood of Dubai. I was more interested in learning about the history and culture of Dubai rather than seeing the glitz and glamour of it. This is a self-guided museum that gives one an account of the school in the early 1900s. It's not a must-see attraction,... More 

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Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

An interesting historical site in old part of the town. The two story building is a well preserved arab school from the beginning of the 20th century. The entrance is free and there are self explanatory placards all around. Don't miss to visit the museum after the touristy gold and spice souks, enjoy the silence and try to feel the... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Easy to get to by the Dubai metro at Al Ras station! Friendly gate guard offered a simple welcome and orientation. It's a two story building with self explanatory placards and well captioned displays. Can't help to feel the honor of being part of the initial institution. Well worth the short time it takes to visit. Afterwards proceed on to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile

Just like the heritage house, the entrance of this oldest school is also free. They are also a short distance apart. Because it is free and shows a bit of the history, this is a must visit when you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

It may only be small, but at least it is the start for getting a feel for the country and the history of the people in it. It has been well done and there are interesting information boards in English. Quite remarkable to think that it is in my life time that the first schools for girls were established and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

After visiting the spice souq in Dubai, I happened upon this museum that recreated a typical village and school from the early 20th century, when the Al-Ahmadiya School was founded. It's a nice respite from the markets in the area, and the museum and school provided insights into the homes and educational system of an old Emirati town. Be sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Daughter and I walked the Dubai walk 2 covering Fabric Souk, Abra Cossing, Spice Souk and old Deira Souk, Al Oqaili, Old Gold Souk, Al Ahmadiya and Creek side. The school gave the required respite from the scorching Sun and we spent significant time admiring the rich Arab culture evident from the building, Architecture and the video screening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Small, but one of the few places to see real Dubai history. Several small air-conditioned rooms show different aspects of the school, with recreations of classrooms. About half an hour is long enough to see it all, so make it part of a Deira itinerary.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The school is next door to the Heritage House. The old school is now a museum that provides information about the schooling system in Dubai at that time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Close to the the Heritage House, the Al-Ahmadiya School provides a historical overview of the start to formal education in Dubai. There are exhibits on education provided by religious men known as Al-Muttawa, the semi-formal schools and finally the formation of formal schools. This was part of our guided walking tour that we received from the Big Bus Tour and... More 

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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