Masdar City in Abu Dhabi

Engaging Tour & Educational Activity!

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s largest consumer of energy, especially in terms of cooling and transportation. Masdar city tries to change that problem by being a carbon-neutral and car-free space.

Using carbon-based fossil fuels has two major drawbacks:
It degrades our environment through air pollution, and it contributes to global warming through carbon dioxide gas emission. In order to mitigate these threats, human societies have several solutions, the main two are:

1. Use less energy
2. Use alternative, non-polluting and renewable sources of energy.

Masdar City tries to tackle these two challenges through reorganizing the city’s urban planning, and proposing sustainable transportation and cooling strategies. It gives an insight on how to design a sustainable city with low-energy consumption yet providing a comfortable life style.

In order for next generations to see what a sustainable society could look like, and to get inspiration for their future careers, we propose an educational visit to Masdar City for schools. The existing neighbourhood is extremely interesting to visit which allows us to cover different aspects on our tours. The field trip program is made of two different parts:

1- Engaging Guided Tour

The students get to see a ‘real size’ sustainability experiment. They get first hand scientifically supported explanations brought to the right level. The tour also features several discussions that allow students to give their input and reflect.

2 - Educational Game

The students participate in a treasure hunt and/or a guessing game. It requires them to wander freely in the neighborhood (with no risk, as there are no cars). For very young children, we keep the program inside one square and replace the walks by a drawing game or a fun scientific experiment.

Mangroves in Abu Dhabi

Kayak in the Mangroves & Make UAE Greener!

The Mangroves are an important part of our natural eco-system and their survival is vital for UAE's environment. They are a source of biodiversity and are able to control air pollution by naturally filtering out industrial and other types of waste. They can also grow where no other tree can grow! Eedama, in collaboration with Noukhada Adventure Company, offers an educational program along with an exciting kayaking tour that highlight the importance of such eco-system.
The Mangroves program involves three steps often offered as a package:
  • It starts with introductory pre-session at the school, where issues related to plastic waste and water filtration are tackled in relation with the mangrove ecosystem.
  • The next step involves the kayaking tour with Noukhada members. This allows students to observe and explore the Eastern Mangroves National Park and identify its features.
  • The program ends with a concluding session at the school. The students get to make concrete plans for making the school greener. They start gardening and therefore support the mangroves action by decreasing the ecological footprint of their school.

Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi

Educational Tour in a Sustainable Park

Emirates BioFarm between Dubai & Al Ain

Organic Farming Made In The UAE

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” - Masanobu Fukuoka

A perfect day out, combining knowledge, wisdom, play, happiness and sensoriality!

Ghaf Tree Planting in Dubai

Tree Planting & Urban Gardening Educational Field trip

Drought – tolerant and evergreen, the Ghaf tree is, possibly, the sturdiest plant of the harsh desert environment, with its unique ability to tap water stored deep in the sand and its roots penetrating as deep as 30 meters to access it. As such, the Ghaf tree requires very little irrigation to thrive and stay green. It is also a tree that is interwoven with the history and culture of the country and the Middle East. It was declared the national tree of the UAE in 2009.


Eedama proposes a tree-planting field trip and activity, in collaboration with GoumBook and Sandy Seeds, focused on the Ghaf tree. The aim of the program is to make the UAE greener and more sustainable, and to raise awareness about the local ecosystem and water conservation, providing a hands-on experience.
Why Plant a Tree?
Citizens easily recognize tree planting as a positive eco-action, it is encouraged across cultures and countries as a natural, grounding initiative for humanity. -By absorbing CO2, trees help rid the environment of excess pollutants and generate oxygen. They raise the bio-diversity index, provide much needed habitat for many different species and improve quality of life.
-The act of tree planting is extremely positive and engaging for individuals and communities, and to raise awareness about issues like climate change or water conservation.
-Tree planting is a powerful tool for team building activities, bringing a fresh perspective on school excursions.
The program contains the following:
  • Discussion: Students establish a diagnosis of the Earth's situation, and what possible solutions lie ahead of us.
  • Planting activity: Students will be able to plant 2 seeds each and to write their name on the labels. GoumBook then takes care of the young seedlings for 2 years then introduce them back to the outside world.
  • Urban farming activity: Students will be invited, through reusing second hand tools, to start the design of their own home garden. They will plant seeds to bring back home.

Reed Beds in Kalba - Sharjah

When Water Treatment Meets Ecosystems

Reed Beds, or constructed wetlands, allow the recycling of wastewater completely naturally. The water is filtered by gravel and planted sand. Reeds take advantage of the nutrients present in the wastewater and grow very rapidly. They then attract a whole ecosystem, including migrating birds.
This trip takes place in Al Hefaiyah Wildlife Conservation Center, where reed beds are installed, it includes therefore as well a visit of the center. This trip includes multiple features that fit in several parts of most curricula:
1- Introductory Discussion & Wildlife Center Tour
Students will get to discuss the way water is produced and used in the UAE. They will then learn about the elements of UAE's wildlife, while being able to directly observe the animals living in their natural ecosystem.
2- Reed Bed Tour
Students visit an outdoor Reed Bed. They roam around and observe the path of water, as well as the ecosystem that lives there.
3- Scientific Experiment
Students get to test the water at various steps of its purification. They used both paper based and electronic meters.
4- Alternative Advanced Program
Another location with a large scale stand-alone reed bed is available in Ras Al Khaima, next to Jazirat Al Hamra. There, students get to see a larger scale installation, and have the possibility of making more advanced experiments (Water treatment or paper fabrication).