Your geography school trip to Dubai offers your students the opportunity to explore human geography and sustainability!

Dubai is a fascinating place to study elements of human geography unlike any other in the world. Learn how this small pearl fishing village rose rapidly following the discovery of oil, before finding out more about the rapid urbanisation of the desert.

Examine how the use and exploitation of natural resources has shaped and influenced this sprawling city with its unique and innovative developments.

And visit modern Dubai and see the contrast with the old town, before venturing into the desert. Your school geography group will also have the opportunity to witness how the sea and desert are being exploited to meet the ever-increasing demands of the Emirati.

Suggested Itinerary (6 days, 5 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Flight to Dubai


Arrive in Dubai

Panoramic city tour

Classic Dubai City Tour

Visit the Dubai Mall and see the Fountain Show


Full-day tour to Abu Dhabi

Continue tour with a visit to Masdar City and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Evening dhow dinner cruise


Visit Emirates Bio-Farm to learn about sustainable agriculture

Late afternoon - embark on an exciting evening of dune bashing in the desert

Traditional desert safari BBQ dinner


Visit Al Hefaiyah Reserve to learn about water use in the Emirates

Free evening


Return flight to the UK

Arrive back in the UK

6 days, 5 nights Price from £1,499 pp
  • 4 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Guide and transport throughout
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Return airport transfers in resort
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Visits and entrances as shown in the sample itinerary


Tour Highlights

Desert Safari, Dubai

Desert Safari

A desert safari is a completely unmissable experience during your school trip to Dubai. First, you’ll hop aboard 4x4s to enjoy some dune bashing, where your students will have the most unforgettable experience of what’s likely to be their first desert!

You’ll stop to watch the sunset over the desert, before heading to a traditional Bedouin camp, where you’ll be welcomed with a fragrant Arabian coffee.

You’ll then have the chance to ride a camel, before sitting down to a barbecue dinner with entertainment in the form of belly dancing!

Did you know?

The desert you’ll be exploring is the vast Arabian Desert, which covers much of the Arabian Peninsula and is the largest desert in Asia.

Dhow Cruise, Dubai

Dhow Cruise

Experience traditional Arabian hospitality on a dhow cruise along the seafront! This is one of the best ways to see Dubai, from its modern, luxury hotels to its more traditional architecture.

The dhow is a sailing vessel used along coastal areas of the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean and was traditionally used to transport heavy items along the coast, including fruit and fresh water.

On your cruise, you’ll not only enjoy the spectacular views of the city, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience Arabian hospitality, as you’ll be served dinner followed by fragrant Arabian coffee.

Did you know?

No-one’s quite sure of the origins of this iconic vessel. Some scholars believe it originated in India between 600 BC and 600 AD. Others believe it comes from Arabia.

Dubai City Tour

Dubai City Tour

Take a tour of Dubai to gain a better idea of the city’s history, culture and traditions.

You’ll see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Burj Al Arab. The world’s only 7-star hotel stands on an artificial island and is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Compare this with the more relaxed vibe of the Majilis Ghorfat, the summerhouse of Sheikh Rahid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who ruled the country for more than three decades.

You’ll also explore magnificent mosques and busy souks, and extravagant palaces. A tour of the city is the perfect way to start your school trip to Dubai, ensuring that your students discover all it has to offer.

Did you know?

Dubai is one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates and one of only two that holds a veto (the other being Abu Dhabi) in national politics.

Educational Activities

Abu Dhabi City Tour

Abu Dhabi City Tour

Read More

Abu Dhabi is the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and capital of the largest emirate. Avisit… Read More

Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Read More

The highlight of any visit to Dubai is undoubtedly this amazing tour. Board your luxury 4X4 in Dubai and head… Read More

Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise

Read More

Your cruise aboard one of these traditional wooden vessels offers an intriguingly different view of this amazing city – a… Read More

Dubai City Tour

Dubai City Tour

Read More

A fascinating historical excursion; yourroute takes you from Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s landmark hotel, to Majlis Al Ghorfat, a magnificent… Read More

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Read More

A visit to the Dubai museum is a must on every Dubai itinerary. Housed within the beautifully restored Al Fahidi… Read More

Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre UAE

Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre

Read More

See a natural way of treating wastewater in the United Arab Emirates. … Read More

Emirates Bio Farm Activity

Emirates Bio Farm

Read More

Learn all about sustainable and organic farming in the United Arab Emirates.… Read More

Supporting you every step of the way

1 Creating Your Perfect Trip

We'll tailor make your school trip to meet your specific requirements

2 Launching your trip to parents and students

Head to our resources section for FREE promotional materials

3 After you've booked

Your dedicated Itinerary Coordinator will work with you on the finer details of your trip

4 While you're away

You'll be able to reach us 24/7 during your trip if you need our help

5 After your trip

Head back to our resources section to continue the learning

Need help?

I love being able to help others experience the joys of travel. Being able to talk enthusiastically about places you have visited yourself is always a pleasure. – Zoe Campbell Learning & Development Manager

Don't take our word for it …

We had a great trip to Nice as always. Thank you to Laura for her amazing help and seemingly being always available at the end of an email! The language school is brilliant – well-planned, interesting lessons. The trips work well in the afternoons. We went to Antibes for the afternoon too – made a lovely low-key beach afternoon on our first day. — Forest School , October 2018

Your School Trip is Fully Protected

As a fully-accredited school travel company, booking with Halsbury Travel offers you complete peace of mind. Our accreditations are your guarantee that:

  • Your school trip will be fully financially protected
  • Your group's safety will be prioritised
  • Your trip will be a quality educational experience
Find out more about our accreditations

Safety prioritised

As an Assured Member of the School Travel Forum (STF) we have an effective Safety Management System in place.

As well as reassuring you that your group's safety will be prioritised at all times, this will also help you to meet your due diligence and reduces the amount of External Provider paperwork required.

High quality service

Our Accreditations

We are a Member of ABTA, which means we are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct.

Quality educational experiences

The Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge is your reassurance that Halsbury Travel is committed to offering LOtC activities that are safe and beneficial to learning.

Financial protection for coach tours

For non-flight packages, the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Halsbury Travel (5493), and in the event of their insolvency. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if transportation was included in your package. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Halsbury Travel. 

Financial protection for flight trips

All air tours and flights arranged by us are also **ATOL protected**. Our ATOL number is ATOL 5079. Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!