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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)

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.

Day 1






Flight to Dubai

Day 2


Arrive in Dubai

Panoramic city tour


Classic Dubai City Tour


Visit the Dubai Mall and see the Fountain Show

Day 3


Full-day tour to Abu Dhabi


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


Evening dhow dinner cruise

Day 4


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

Day 5


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




Free evening

Day 6


Return flight to the UK


Arrive back in the UK



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Educational activities and visits

Abu Dhabi City Tour

Abu Dhabi City Tour

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

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

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

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

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

Al Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre UAE

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

Emirates Bio Farm

Emirates Bio Farm Activity

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


Golden Sands
Ibis Style Dubai Jumeirah
Golden Sands

The Golden Sands Hotel Apartments, in Bur Dubai, offers over 750 accommodation units in configurations of studios and one, two and three bedroom apartments. A perfect place for large groups!

Ibis Style Dubai Jumeirah

The Ibis Style Dubai Jumeirah is just 12km from Dubai International Airport and offers easy access to all of the city's main attractions.

The hotel offers modern, comfortable accommodation, with all rooms boasting en-suite bathroom facilities.

The hotel also offers a fully-equipped gym and temperature-controlled indoor swimming pool.

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