The AKELC is located in one wing on the ground floor of the Ismaili Centre, in the Oud Metha area of central Dubai, near the American Hospital and Healthcare City.
The Ismaili Centre is the cultural centre for the local Jamat community and also the seat of Ismaili governance for the GCC. The 13,200 square metres of land was a gift to His Highness the Aga Khan from Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai. The Ismaili Centre, Dubai serves as a resource to support the work of the Aga Khan Development Network which is active in the Middle East and Gulf region in the areas of urban development, conservation, restoration, education, healthcare, microfinance, higher education, culture and rural development. In addition to offering facilities for lectures, presentations, seminars and conferences relating to the Aga Khan Development Network's areas of activity, the Ismaili Centre hosts recitals and exhibitions that serve to educate the wider public about the breadth of Islam's heritage.
The neighborhood surrounding the AKELC supports many small businesses, a range of culturally diverse restaurants and moderately priced housing. This area of Dubai is economically stable, with many two parent worker households and minimal options for early childhood education.
The AKELC facility offers over 500 square meters of high quality teaching and learning spaces. In addition to three spacious classrooms the facility also provides an indoor play area, a staff/training/parent meeting room and a well-resourced library. The numerous floor to ceiling windows provide natural lighting throughout the centre. Wide marble corridors and high ceilings give children the space they need to move unrestricted as they transition from daily activities throughout the centre and the outdoor play area.
The playground is delineated into three distinct areas, with consideration for the different age groups and the abilities and interests of the children.