Festival of Schools, What's on...Where?

This November, Which Media will bring you the very first Festival of Schools, a series of fun filled (and FREE!) family events at some of Dubai’s most welcoming schools. Want to know what each event has in store…or how to reserve your spot so you don’t miss out? Read on, we’ve got everything you need to know in this special feature.
Festival of Schools, What's on...Where?
By Jenny Mollon
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As the UAE bounces back post pandemic, it’s time for us all to enjoy events and family days out once again!  This year Which Media, the team behind SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com are supporting four brilliant Dubai schools to bring you the very best family fun days out…completely free of charge.

Every school, every family! The Festival of School events are open to everyone - whether your child attends the school or not!

For November 2021, the very first Festival of Schools will include; Safa British School in Jumeirah, GEMS FirstPoint School in The Villa, Arcadia School in Jumeirah Village Triangle and Victory Heights Primary School, in the heart of the Victory Heights community.

Add the dates to your diary NOW and secure your free tickets using the links below...

Friday 5th November, 9am-12pm - Safa British School
Saturday 13th November, 9am-12pm - GEMS FirstPoint School
Saturday 20th November, 9am-1pm - Arcadia School
Saturday 27th November, 9am-3pm - Victory Heights Primary School

In order to ensure a healthy and safe Festival for all, spaces at each event will be limited and entrants will be required to show their vaccination record, negative PCR or ‘green’ Al Hosn app. 

What’s On and Where?

We’ve asked each of our four schools to give us a taste of the activities that will be on offer at their Festival. On the day, there will be even more fun, food, stalls, competitions and activities to choose from. For now…here’s the highlight reel!

Festival of Schools, Safa British School, Friday 5th November 2021

The Highlights

Visit the Festival of Schools at Safa British School for a journey like no other. A journey full of laughter, fun and surprises! The super team at Safa have put together six brilliant activities to give Festival goers taste of life in one of Dubai’s most friendly and community orientated schools. Activities include:

1. Be an animal keeper
2. Be creative with arts and crafts
3. Be a chef and make a cookies
4. Be a scientist and work with gravity
5. Be a book worm and complete a quiz
6. Be a designer and create an outfit for the “trashion” show

Each of the Festival activities will run at 30 minute intervals throughout the morning. Activities 1-5 can be completed in any order, just follow the footprints dotted around the school to show you the way. As you move through the activities, you will collect cardboard, foil, plastic bottles, bubble wrap tissue and newspaper…all to be reused in Safa’s totally sustainable “Trashion Show”! Don’t forget to get your Festival passport stamped at each stop along the way.

Alongside the activities, there will be games, face paints, music making and bouncy castles to keep everyone entertained. Don’t worry mums and dads, there will be plenty of coffee available to keep you energised!


Festival of Schools - GEMS First Point School, The Villa – Saturday 13th November 2020, 9am-12pm

The Highlights

GEMS FirstPoint School are planning an action-packed event aimed at “inspiring the leaders who will shape tomorrow, under the theme of Our Planet, Our Future”. Come along meet the warm and friendly team and enjoy:


• Kids fun zones
• Industry partner activities from Siemens, Schneider Electric, IMG and many more
• School-based workshops and demonstrations (including robotics, MUN debates, coding, make up, desalination and more)
• A bustling food court and thrift/craft market

Festival of Schools – Arcadia School, JVT, Saturday 20th November 2021

The Highlights

Sustainable Treasure Hunt
Festival goers will be challenged to find different locations around the school and complete a series of sustainable challenges – all in under one hour! At the end of your hunt, get your Festival passport stamped to receive a very special prize.


Join a host of Adventure and Challenge taster sessions
Visitors can sign up for 30-minute taster sessions in the following areas:
Rock Climbing
Soccer skills
Adventurous Activities

Performance Stage
Watch as talented youngsters and staff perform live on stage. The entertainment is set to include:

Martial Arts Exhibition
Dance Troop
Gymnastic Display
Session Musicians
Drama Skits
Student music activities
The Arcadia School Green Fashion Show, where visitors can showcase their “Our Planet, Our Future” themed designs

Nursery and FS Stay and Play Creche
Families with children between the ages of 1 and 5 can introduce their children to wonderful Arcadia School Foundation Zone. The Festival’s youngest visitors can engage in craft, messy play, face painting, junior gym, role play and many more activities with the school’s team of Early Years experts.

Festival of Schools - Victory Heights Primary School, Victory Heights, Saturday 27th November 2021, 9am-3pm

The Highlights


Get the whole family feeling festive in the Victory Heights Primary School Christmas Zone, with games, activities, music and dance performances.

Shop for unique gifts and treats at the Artisan market.  What better way to start your festive shopping that browsing the stalls in an artisan market.  Stalls will include a great selection of handmade products from across the region.

Follow the Victory Heights Treasure Trail - complete eight activities along the way to claim your very own treasure!  

The whole family are invited to take part in one of several craft workshops.  These will include jewellery making, sewing and candle making.  There will be something for everyone, from the very youngest children right through to Grandma and Grandad!


The Festival of Schools by Which Media - the very best FREE family events this November! 

Add the dates to your diary NOW and secure your free tickets using the links below...

Friday 5th November, 9am-12pm - Safa British School
Saturday 13th November, 9am-12pm - GEMS FirstPoint School
Saturday 20th November, 9am-1pm - Arcadia School
Saturday 27th November, 9am-3pm - Victory Heights Primary School

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