Dubai Educational activities

Our most recommended Dubai Educational activities

The Green Planet - Dubai's Unique Indoor Rainforest

1. The Green Planet - Dubai's Unique Indoor Rainforest

The Green Planet is a bio-dome inviting visitors to explore Earth's fascinating flora and fauna through an immersive expedition into the tropics. Designed as an enclosed ecosystem, The Green Planet recreates the enchanting world of a tropical forest with over 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest indoor man-made and life-sustaining tree. Step inside The Bat Cave to meet some of nature's most thrilling and wondrous denizens. Touch an Emerald Tree Boa snake if you dare. Hear the distinctive calls of the wonderful variety of birds flying around Green Planet. Say hello to one of the two sloths living here who sleep between 15 and 20 hours everyday. Watch the squirrel monkeys jump and climb using their very long tail to balance as they move from one tree to another. The educational and recreational facility raises awareness for the delicate balance of nature and the preciousness of one of our world’s oldest living ecosystems making it the ideal educational destination for the entire family. The Green Planet is set to inspire people of all ages and nationalities to learn about and care more for every single plant and animal that inhabits the earth. 

Dubai: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

2. Dubai: Museum of Illusions Entry Ticket

The Museum of Illusions in Dubai takes you on a social and entertaining journey into a magical realm which delights all generations. It’s a perfect place for new experiences, fun with friends and family, and is unique in this part of the Middle East. It's not only a place for children to play and learn, but also for parents, couples, grandmothers and grandfathers. Summon the bravery to jump into an illusion created by the Vortex Tunnel, the first of its kind in the UAE. The tunnel will drive you crazy and make you believe the ground is shifting under your feet as you navigate through a rotating cylinder, which somehow remains a stable and flat surface. Disfigure your reflection in the Mirror Room, cut yourself loose in the Infinity Room, resist the laws of gravity and shapes, all the while taking amazing pictures of yourself in every possible pose. Enjoy the collection of holograms, look closer at every optical illusion, and observe thoroughly each installation. They are such brilliant, playful reminders that our assumptions about the world we perceive around us are nothing but a specter of illusion.  Amusing and awesome tricks will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain and science, so it will be easier to comprehend why your eyes see things that your brain can't process. Make sure you visit the playroom with intriguing and educational games and puzzles—these brain-teasers are definitely great fun but tend to be frustrating as well.

Dubai: The Lost Chambers Aquarium Ultimate Atlantis Snorkel

3. Dubai: The Lost Chambers Aquarium Ultimate Atlantis Snorkel

Experience the ultimate snorkeling activity at the Lost Chambers Aquarium in Dubai. Discover a fascinating underwater habitat and swim with the 65,000 marine animals that call it home. You don’t need any diving experience to participate in this great activity. After an introductory briefing, put on your snorkeling gear, float, and enter the stunning Ambassador Lagoon. Float over the surface as you observe a fantastic array of colorful aquatic life, see rays, reef sharks, and shimmering fish. Enjoy an ideal experience for the whole family.

Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

4. Dubai: Cultural Lunch at The Sheikh Mohammed Center

Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the culture and traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions, and taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including dessert. Ask your host or hostess any questions you have, following the SMCCU motto of “Open Doors, Open Mind.” Each dinner is as unique as the questions you might want answers to. Learn about the local cultures and religion in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Dubai: Desert Safari with Camel Ride

5. Dubai: Desert Safari with Camel Ride

Experience Dubai as it was a half-century ago on a full-day safari of the desert dunes. Following a pick-up from your hotel, head out to the desert landscape and explore it from the back of a camel. Traveling like the ancient nomads, enjoy a stunning journey through the desert on a traditional camel convoy. This is the most authentic way to trace the footsteps of Bedouin travelers. Upon arrival at a Bedouin camp, soak up the atmosphere of the gentle flames from traditional lamps nestled inside a private royal retreat. Demonstrations of traditional activities, such as henna painting, falconry displays, and authentic folk music and dance will keep you entertained (not available during the Holy month of Ramadan). Learn the traditional ways of making bread according to recipes handed down from generation to generation. End with a scrumptious dinner under the stars as history comes to life in an ageless landscape.

Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

6. Dubai: Private Old Town, Heritage & Souks Walking Tour

Walk through the streets of Old Dubai and explore its vibrant souks on this guided tour of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. Your tour begins from the old Al Fahidi Courtyard Houses in the Bastakiya District. From there, walk through the Coffee Museum, coin, and Dubai Museum.  Then, be guided through the textile souk to arrive at the Dubai Creek and Dhow for breathtaking views. Enjoy an Abra Ride across the Creek, which involves a traditional boat taking you across to the Deira side of Dubai. Once there, explore the various souks (markets), such as the Spice Souk, and Gold Souk in the city.  Shop for a range of products from inexpensive knickknacks to diamond necklaces. Later on, encounter the Al Shindaga Watchtower, one of the 3 watchtowers used to guard Dubai.  Your tour includes all entrances to museums as well as your abra ride and finishes in the Al Ras district.

Dubai: The Pearl Of The Gulf - Half Day Sharjah City Tour

7. Dubai: The Pearl Of The Gulf - Half Day Sharjah City Tour

This tour will take you to Sharjah, the neighbouring emirate of Dubai, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. Start with a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Noor Mosque on Al Buhaira Corniche and proceed to the largest mosque in Sharjah, the King Faisal Mosque. Then visit the Islamic Civilization Museum. Several galleries display carefully-restored artifacts from around the Muslim world, celebrating Islamic contribution to the World Heritage. Next, drive to Sharjah’s ‘Old Town’. After a stroll through the restored traditional market Souk Al Arsa, visit the Heritage Museum, showcasing the history and traditions of the Emirates and the Emirates of Sharjah. Before returning, you have time to explore Souk Al Markazi, a treasure trove of carpets, jewelry, and handicrafts.

Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

8. Dubai: Emirati Cultural Breakfast Experience

Taste traditional Emirati food, and learn more about life in the United Arab Emirates at a 1.5-hour cultural breakfast at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Dubai. Located in a traditional wind tower house in the Al Bastakiya trading village of the Al Fahidi Historic District, the SMCCU was set up to raise awareness and demystify the local culture and customs of the United Arab Emirates. With an objective to improve cross-cultural understanding and communication between locals and guests, you will learn more about local life through award-winning cultural programs. Sample authentic Emirati dishes while chatting with your host about the traditions of the UAE. Sit in the courtyard of the SMCCU on traditional floor cushions. Taste Arabic coffee and dates, along with a variety of local dishes, including dessert. Ask your host or hostess any questions you have, following the SMCCU motto of “Open Doors, Open Mind.” Each experience is as unique as the questions you might want answers to. Learn about the local cultures and religion in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

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What people are saying about Dubai

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 66 reviews

Loved it. Some amazing animals throughout all 4 floors. We got some fantastic pictures. We got to hold snakes and cockroaches too. The rainforest rain segment was nice too. Very good for kids (even though we didn’t have any) but it was still amazing. The food there was nice as well.

Highly recommend this activity, my son had an experience. Great booking service and competitive pricing

Wonderful experience, the highlight for us was the camel ride. Highly recommend this tour. 5 stars

Really enjoyed this seeing all the animals walking around and great for photos

We absolutely enjoyed our tour with Orlina. Great insight. Very thoughtful.