Al Ahmadiya


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Al Ahmadiya School and Heritage House

School open:  Sat – Thu 8 – 7.30, Fri 2.30-7.30 Free. Heritage House, 28 Sikka Street Sat – Thurs 8-7.30pm Fri 2.30-7.30 Free (Note hours are reduced during Ramadan) .


The Heritage House and School are next door to each other and close to the Al Ahmadiya Guest House. The museums have touch screen guides that explain the contents..

Classroom at the Al Ahmadiya School

The Al Ahmadiya School was established around 1912 by a wealthy philanthropic pearl merchant called Ahmed bin Delmuk. The school taught Arabic language and grammar, Islamic studies and basic mathematics as well as the pearling trade to about 200 boys. Unlike the pupils of Qur’ran schools, who sat on the floor, these boys sat at proper desks. This first school in Dubai was established for the children of Dubai’s ruling classes and the current rule of Dubai – Sheikh Mohammed came here for his elementary education. Over the years the building was extended and the curriculum expanded from the teaching of Islamic law and the Qur’ran to include English and science. By 1963 the number of students had outgrown the premises and the school was relocated.

The Heritage House is a restored traditional house originally built in 1890 by Mattar bin Saeed bin Muzzaaina and restored by the Dubai Municipality in 1994. There are exhibitions in each room that explain how an Emirati family lived.

Heritage House Courtyard





The meeting room or majlis is separate from the living quarters so that the women did not mix with visitors.

Main Majlis

The house is very informative and gives a real insight into the traditional approach to Arab life.

The kitchen of the heritage house.

From these museums, you need to retrace your steps and return to the Creek. Spend sometime exploring the Creekside before returning to the Bur Dubai side by Abra.


Pots and Pans in the kitchen