1 Festival, 1 Full Day Out in The Villa, Dubailand!

The Festival of Schools was a sell-out HIT at the inaugural event at Safa British School! This week, the Festival moves on to GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa. This uber friendly British curriculum school in the heart of Dubailand will welcome existing families, prospective families and the wider community on Saturday 13th November, 9am-12pm. Read on for a complete itinerary for a great day out, your FREE tickets and EXCLUSIVE Festival of Schools discounts.
1 Festival, 1 Full Day Out in The Villa, Dubailand!
By Jenny Mollon
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LET'S GO

The Festival of Schools got off to a fantastic start at Safa British School on Friday 5th November!  The SOLD OUT event saw existing Safa families come together as a community once again....while new families experienced the unique warmth and ethos of a Safa British School education.

This weekend, the Festival of Schools hops across town to GEMS FirstPoint School – The Villa, where Principal Matthew Tompkins and his team have a day packed full of activities, fun and surprises for families of children of all ages. Tickets are FREE but booking fast – ACT NOW to secure your spot!

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Getting There

GEMS FirstPoint School is situated in The Villa development, Dubailand, just off the Al Ain Road (E66). The school is close to both Al Habtoor Polo Club and Dubai Outlet Mall. For those who prefer public transport, the area is well served by buses and - plan your journey with the RTA Journey Planner.

Breakfast - caffeinate and grab a croissant

The Villa is home to the Centro shopping centre, which has great parking and a convenient array of shops, including a Spinneys, an Extreme Fun Play Centre plus a Starbucks for the caffeine shot ahead of a busy morning.

Find The Villa Centro Mall – here.

9am – 12pm, GEMS FirstPoint School, The Villa, the Festival of Schools

The Highlights

Visit the Festival of Schools at GEMS FirstPoint School - The Villa to experience all that this fantastic, British curriculum, all through school has to offer. The welcoming team have planned more than 40 activities (YES! …we did say 40!) to showcase each year group and each specialist subject area...all with FUN right at the top of the agenda. The GEMS FirstPoint Festival has been inspired by “the leaders who will shape tomorrow, under the theme of Our Planet, Our Future”. Get your FREE tickets to the Festival of Schools at GEMS FirstPoint School and enjoy:

For the little ones: Tallest Tower Challenge, Beebot Programming, Art Sessions, Story Time, T Shirt Design, Trash to Treasure Activities


Little people can try their hand at programming at BeeBot at GEMS FirstPoint School

For children aged 6 to 11: Make a Wild Seed Bomb, Tree Planting, Circuit Building with Solar technology, Drama Workshops, Rock Climbing

For older visitors: Designing ‘Planet B’, Creating the Future Me, Extreme Maths Challenges, Arabic Calligraphy, Recycling Activities, Fashion Design, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Showcases, Archaeological Challenges with lessons of the past shaping our future, trampoline

For all ages: a concert, food court, Zen Den, Art Activities and a Psychology Cinema


Older Kids can try their hand at climbing at GEMS FirstPoint School

Post Festival Pit Stops

The Dubailand area has a few great options for families who would like to extend their day out in the beautiful November sunshine.

Dubai Safari Park

Dubai Safari Park is an incredible experience for children (and grown-ups!) of all ages. Just over 20 minutes-drive from GEMS FirstPoint School, the park is home to more than 3000 animals including lions, tigers, bears, rhinos and elephants! Tickets are free for children under the age of 3, but families should book in advance for this ever-popular experience. More information – HERE.


A great day out at Dubai Safari Park

Bargain Shopping at Dubai Outlet Mall

Dubai Outlet Mall is THE spot to grab a bargain in Dubai. Top designer brands (including, Chloe, Givenchy, Dolce and Gabbana, Adidas, Hugo Boss, Athletes Co and more) can be found in amongst the many cafes and eateries at the Mall. Dubai Outlet Mall is a quick 15-minute drive from the Festival of Schools and is open from 10am -10pm daily.


Grab a bargain at Dubai Outlet Mall

The Sport of Kings – Polo at Al Habtoor Polo

The stunning Al Habtoor Polo Club is just 5 minutes drive from GEMS FirstPoint School. On the afternoon of Saturday 13th November, there will some thrilling polo action at an Al Habtoor Polo Club League match, with free tickets for families.  The action starts from 3pm, call 04436222 for more details.


See live Polo at Al Habtoor Polo Club

Festival of Schools – Exclusive Discounts!

If you are headed to the centre of Dubai for the afternoon, use your Festival of Schools passport (issued at the event) for exclusive discounts at some of Dubai’s best indoor play centres:

Air Maniax – Festival goers can use their Passport for 20% off PREMIUM access. Valid 2-6pm on Saturday 13th November and Sunday – Wednesday throughout the month of November.

Street Maniax – Dubai’s best parkour and trampoline centre will allow Festival goers 20% off PREMIUM access on Saturday 13th November (2-6pm) and on Sunday – Wednesday throughout the month of November.

Oli Oli – Dubai’s first ‘experiential play museum’ is one of our favourite places to spend a family afternoon. On production of your Festival passport, families can avail of 20% off the general admission price, throughout the month of November. Advance booking is essential – call 047027300 to make your reservation.

The Festival of Schools can be found on Kidzapp

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