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Al-Amiriya School: Educational eminence in the east

"المدرسة الأميرية" نقطة انطلاق التعليم في المنطقة الشرقية

29 MAR 2021

Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani

Visitors to Al-Ahsa will immediately be mesmerized by the region’s beautiful palm oases and ancient architecture. The many distinctive buildings that have played such important roles in the Kingdom’s history includes Al-Amiriya School, which still reflects local heritage even though its history extends back decades. 

Establishment

One of the oldest public schools, Al-Amiriya was officially inaugurated in 1941 and built in the center of Al-Hofuf. Saudi Arabia’s founder King Abdulaziz visited the building in 1931 to inspect its condition.

Also called the “House of Culture”, the school is the first in Al-Hofuf and has a rich architectural, historical and educational legacy.

History

Many important figures of the state studied and graduated from Al-Amiriya School, most notably Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi and the late Minister of Labor Dr. Ghazi Al-Qusaibi.

Design

Al-Amiriya School embodies a traditional Islamic style and spans an area of 1,200 square meters. It features a main entrance and gate two stories high surmounted by a balcony. In the middle of the building is a square-shaped courtyard surrounded by hallways and rows of columns crowned by semicircular arches. The exterior walls feature large rectangular windows through which the building's classrooms overlook the street.

Restoration

Despite its long history, the school’s design features remain intact, including the stone and stucco walls as well as the wooden ceilings and windows. 

The school building was rehabilitated to become a cultural center in Al-Hofuf alongside a police headquarters in the Al-Hamidiyah building next to Al-Qaysariya market.