SHARJAH: The Abdullah Omran Taryam Model School for Boys in Sharjah,
formerly known as Suhaib Primary School, dedicated the entire past week
to highlighting the prodigious contributions made to the nation by the
late Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam.
The Ministry of Education, under
the directives of Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His
Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, recently renamed the
school after Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam.
“From Sunday to Monday, we
usually hold various activity sessions for children. This week it was
all about Dr Abdullah,” informed Mariam Al Holy, headmistress of the
“As people already know about the great personality, the
task of explaining to parents and children about the name change became
very easy. When we informed the parents, they were happy and reacted by
saying ‘nice name’,” the headmistress noted.
palpable the moment one entered the sprawling school compound, which has
300 plus students on its rolls with many more expected to join the
ranks next year.
Posters, bulletin boards and handcrafted charts mentioned Dr Abdullah Taryam’s contributions to the society.
primary aim now is to set up an exclusive project room explaining all
about Dr Abdullah Taryam,” Mariam Al Holy said. “This week, principals
from other schools visited us. During the meeting, I presented all of
them special mugs with a picture of Dr Abdullah and also a note on his
A staff member added, “We were informed about the
new name on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, we (staffers) made special
preparations for change in the display of the school board and also to
welcome the dignitaries.”
One of the impressive charts displayed
at the school entrance lucidly explains the life of the great
personality after whom the school has been named. Among the various
points, it highlights that Dr Abdullah was one of the main figures of
the UAE before and after its establishment.
Born in Sharjah in
1948, Dr Abdullah finished his primary, secondary and high school
education in Sharjah and Kuwait. He attained his Bachelor’s degree in
History from Cairo University and his Ph.D in Modern History from the
University of Exeter in the UK in 1986.
He established the Al
Khaleej newspaper with his brother, the late Taryam Omran, in 1970,
which has since grown to become the Dar Al Khaleej media group. Dr
Abdullah worked as a secondary school teacher at Al Orouba School and
then became a Director of the Department of Education in Sharjah. He
also held the posts of Minister for Education and Minister for Justice.
may be recalled that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of
Dubai, mentioned that Dr Abdullah had contributed to the UAE Union
alongside the founding fathers.
Humaid Bin Mohammed Obaid Al
Qatami, Minister for Education, also remarked that naming of two
schools in Sharjah after the brothers Taryam Omran and Dr Abdullah Omran
was to ensure that the memory of the loyal citizens would remain
entrenched in the memory of the nation for people to learn and adopt the
values and principles they represented.