School trips to United Arab Emirates

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School trips to the United Arab Emirates are a fantastic introduction to the Middle East and the Arabic culture for your students.

A school trip to the UAE is ideal for geography groups focusing on human geography, the impact on the environment of rapid urbanisation or the importance of sustainability. They’re also a great option to broaden students’ horizons by experiencing an entirely different culture.

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Why visit the United Arab Emirates?

Discover the delights of Dubai

Most of our groups who visit the United Arab Emirates on a school trip choose to base themselves in glittering Dubai. From your base in Dubai, we can also arrange an excursion to Abu Dhabi.

One of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Dubai offers a true rags-to-riches story and illustrates the power and wealth that comes from the discovery of oil.

You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Dubai’s most important sites, including the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Mosque and the Al Fahidi Fort. We can also arrange a cruise of Dubai’s marina on a traditional Dhow, where you’ll be served a traditional Arabian meal.

Learn about rapid urbanisation

The discovery of oil meant that Dubai quickly went from a small fishing village to a sprawling metropolis and this rapid urbanisation combined with the harsh desert environment has led to many environmental issues. In order to combat these issues, Dubai has become one of the world leaders in sustainability research.

This all makes Dubai a fantastic choice for a geography school trip. Your students will have the exciting opportunity to visit the Al Hefaiyah Reserve to learn about water use in the United Arab Emirates, one of the driest countries on Earth.

You’ll also be able to visit the Emirates Bio-Farm to learn about sustainable agriculture in the United Arab Emirates!

The perfect introduction to the Middle East

The UAE may be a destination that you have not yet considered for your school trip, but this is a country with a lot to offer. It’s an important cultural, economic and political centre for the region and is a country of desert, oases, mountains and coastlines.

A school trip to the UAE is the perfect introduction to the Middle East for your students. Immersing themselves in the culture of this part of the world will greatly develop their intercultural understanding.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit mosques, to learn about the importance of Islam in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Arabic world. You’ll visit museums to learn more about the country’s fascinating history. And you’ll enjoy some traditional Arabian meals and entertainment. This will be an unforgettable school trip for your students and one that leaves them with a greater appreciation of other cultures and the joy of travel.

Activities in United Arab Emirates that your school group will love

Abu Dhabi City Tour

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

Desert Safari

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

Dhow Cruise

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

Dubai City Tour

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

Dubai Museum

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

Sharjah City Tour

Sharjah is located on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, on the Arabian peninsula. It is a major part

Desert Safari

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

Dhow Cruise

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

Where to visit in United Arab Emirates

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Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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