Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House - Dubai
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Al Ahmadiya School was the first regular school in Dubai according to records. It is located in the Al Ras area of Deira, which is where Dubai first sprung up. Founded by a wealthy pearl merchant, Sheikh Ahmad bin Dalmouk, this 2-storey building dates back to 1896 when it was first erected. Newer parts had been added since then, and in 1995 the building was renovated and converted into a heritage site to showcase Dubai's heritage.
The structure is built around a large courtyard with more than 10 rooms and a wind tower. Children studied Arabic calligraphy, mathematics, literature and astronomy while learning and reciting the Quran.
The merchant's house shows how people went about their days back in time, with several visual aid displays and plaques telling of the times and uses of certain parts of the house and its courtyard.