Old Schools in the UAE


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Old Schools in the UAE

Al Nehyania School – Abu Dhabi

Al Nehyania Model Primary School for boys was the first school to be established in Al Ain in 1959, and was inaugurated by the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The school is one of the distinguished schools that won the award of the Minister of Education for quality of activities and Student Welfare in the academic year of 2005- 2006.

Al Ahmadiya School – Dubai 

Built in 1912, this is the second semi-regular school in the UAE and the first semi-regular school in Emirate of Dubai. It was founded by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmouk who died before the completion of the construction, and then his son Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Dalmouk completed the building. He named the school Al Ahmadiya in memory of his father.


In its early years, the number of students was about 300. The study was free, but children of the rich were paying a nominal fee ranging from 3-5 Indian rupees, while Sheikh Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Dalmouk paid for those unable to pay. In 1956 the school switched from semi-regular to regular education.  Mr. Zuhdi Al Khatib became the Director of Knowledge Dept. in 1957. The study in the school began with four teachers and the principal, and Mr. Hashim ِAbu Amarah was the first principal under regular education. The transfer to the new building was in 1964. 

Al Eslah School – Sharjah 

Founded by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Ali Al Mahmood in 1935 in the Al Heera district of Sharjah, the school catered to the growing demand for schooling in the area. Four classrooms were set up in the house of Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Owais, which were later extended to accommodate the increasing number of students. 

Under the instructions of  His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah at the time, Al Eslah school has been moved in 1938 to its current location in Al Fariej Souq to the home of Salem Bin Saeed Bin Mohammad Al Shamsi. The school’s first headmaster was Sheikh Al Mahmoud. Poor or orphaned children attended school free of charge, while others pay a nominal fee per term. In the late 1940s, the name of the school change to Al Eslah Al Qasimia  in recognition of Sheikh Sultan Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, who took it upon himself to fund the school totally. 


Emirates Post has issued a set of commemorative stamps in three denominations on old schools of the UAE.