School Programs

Al Thuraya Astronomy Center is geared towards promoting astronomy in an exciting manner, connecting us with our universe. Through our school programs, we encourage and provide opportunities for students to enhance their creative thinking and develop their knowledge and skillset in the fields of astronomy and space sciences for a better future of our nation.

Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new fronteir out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.

Christa McAuliffe

Teacher and Challenger Astronaut

School Packages

Package 1

Tour of the Center

We start the program with the story and tour of our center, the Space Ship. We will take you through different areas of the center looking at the different ways in which we observe and study our universe, where we even showcase meteorites from our solar system that is around 4.5 billion years old. following the tour, you will witness a special immersive, full-dome show about the universe in the planetarium. The activity will be brought to an end with observation through our powerful and hi-tech telescope when we will be witnessing celestial bodies as they beautifully move across the sky.

  • Tour around Al Thuraya Astronomy Center
  • Visiting the Innovation Lab
  • Visiting the Meteorite Lab
  • Visiting the Invention Lab
  • Visiting Al Thuraya Observatory
  • Planetarium Show
  • Observation Explanation
  • Solar/Telescope Observation

2 - 3 hours

Suitable for all ages

AED 70/- per student

Snack options available, request prices separately

Package 2

Intro to Astronomy

All the stars, planets, and galaxies that can be seen today make up just 4% of the universe. The other 96% is made of stuff astronomers can’t see, detect or even comprehend. This program is geared towards looking at a very basic element of our universe, the size of things, which makes us reflect on a much grander picture.

We start the program with a talk on the size of things out there in the universe, trying to put things into perspective with a glance at how we pale in comparison to even comprehend, coupled with short films to visually represent the information. This is then followed by a special immersive, full-dome show about our solar system and the wonder that lie beyond Earth. Finally, using our telescope, we will observe celestial objects.

  • Talk about our universe with short films
  • Questions and answers session
  • Planetarium Show
  • Observation Explanation
  • Solar/Telescope Observation

2 - 3 hours

For ages over 7+

AED 90/- per student

Snack options available, request prices separately

Package 3

Day at the Center

We start the program with a talk on space exploration, what we have achieved, what we plan on doing, and what the future of space exploration is expected to be, coupled with short films to visually represent the information. This is then followed by a special immerseive, full-dome show about our plans of going back to the moon and the challenges it presents. We will then be taking a tour around the center to look at the different aspects in which we are exploring the universe, whether it is through optical telescopes or by the radio frequencies that are emitted from the edges of our universe. Finally, we will practically observe the sun through a special solar telescope.

  • Talk about space exploration with short films
  • Questions and answers session
  • Tour around Al Thuraya Astronomy Center
  • Visiting the Innovation Lab
  • Visiting the Meteorite Lab
  • Visiting the Invention Lab
  • Visiting Al Thuraya Observatory
  • Planetarium Show
  • Solar Observation Explanation
  • Solar Observation

3 - 4 hours

For ages over 7+

AED 125/- per student

Snack options available, request prices separately

Package 4

Evening at the Center

We start the program with a talk about the constellations in the sky, how they were used, the stories that immortalized them, and the future of space exploration. This is then followed by a special immersive, full-dome show about our planet Earth and what’s beyond in our universe. We will then be taking a tour around the center to look at the different aspects in which we are exploring the universe, whether it is through optical telescopes or by the radio frequencies that are emitted from the edges of our universe. Finally, we will practically observe different celestial objects present in the night sky and personally view some of the constellations that are visible.

  • Talk about constellations and the stories behind them
  • Questions and answers session
  • Tour around Al Thuraya Astronomy Center
  • Visiting the Innovation Lab
  • Visiting the Meteorite Lab
  • Visiting the Invention Lab
  • Visiting Al Thuraya Observatory
  • Planetarium Show
  • Stargazing Session
  • Telescope Observation

3 - 4 hours

For ages over 7+

AED 150/- per student

Dinner options available, request prices separately

Package 6

Stargazing in the Desert

If you have ever had the opportunity to really observe the night sky, you have surely wondered about the vastness of the universe. Astronomy is obviously the oldest and most popular of space hobbies. Even the occasional backyard skywatching by the unaided eye or a small telescope can be a marvelous experience. Presenting this in the clear desert skies changes the expirence entirely, considering that most people have no idea what it is like having lived in cities all their lives.

We start the program with an introduction to astronomy, followed by stories in the sky, decoding the night sky with a powerful laser, and practical uses of astronomy. We will then open the floor for a Q&A session, where the guests will have an opportunity to ask the astronomer questions. Finally, we will be observing celestial objects through our hi-tech telescopes.

  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Stories in the Sky
  • Decoding the Night Sky Constellations
  • Stargazing Session
  • Discussing Practical Uses of Astronomy
  • Questions and answers session
  • Telescope Observation
  • Capturing celestial objects through the telescopes

2 - 3 hours

For ages over 10+

AED 250/- per student

Dinner options available, request prices separately

Package 5

Overnight Stay

Experiencing astronomy and nature at Al Thuraya Astronomy Center is a unique experience in itself. Located inside Dubai’s largest and most iconic park, the center was created to allow people to experience it like never before.

We start the program with a talk on the basics of astronomy and our universe. This is then followed by a special immersive, full-dome show about our plans of going back to the moon and the challenges it presents. We will then be taking a tour around the center to look at the different aspects in which we are exploring the universe, wether is it is through optical telescopes or by the eradio frequencies that are emitted from the edges of our universe.

Finally, we will practically observe different available celestial objects in the night sky and personally view some of the constellations that are visible. At this point, students will set up their sleeping arrangements and will rest for the night. They will be woken up before dawn to be able to observe how the skies have changed and the different objects available at this time. Finally, they will be taken to the second-floor terrace to observe the rising sun.

  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Questions and answers session
  • Tour around Al Thuraya Astronomy Center
  • Visiting the Innovation Lab
  • Visiting the Meteorite Lab
  • Visiting the Invention Lab
  • Visiting Al Thuraya Observatory
  • Planetarium Show
  • Stargazing Session
  • Telescope Observation
  • Sleep Over
  • Early Morning Observation
  • Watching the sunrise
  • Solar Observation

12+ hours

For ages over 10+

AED 350/- per student

Dinner and breakfast options available*
Sleeping and camping gear available.*

*request prices separately.

Activities & Workshops

Weather Workshop

Meteorite Workshop

Satellite Reception Workshop

Paper Model Workshop

3D Printing Workshop

Telescope Workshop

International Astronomy Trips

School Stargazing Parties

Most Popular Topics

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The Size Of Our Universe

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Mars Exploration

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Astrophysics

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The Solar System

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How To Be An Astronaut

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Galaxy Formation

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Stories In The Sky

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Black Holes

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The Big Bang Theory

Custom Package

Do you have a specific topic in mind you’d like us to discuss? any special requests? or looking for a collaboration? Email us at info@althurayaastronomycenter.ae or call us at +97142216603 and our team would be glad to cater to your needs and offer you the best solution!

Important Information

Dubai Municipality Mushrif Park entrance fee (AED 3 per person) will need to be paid upon arrival at the gate.

Teachers who are accompanying the students during our programs are complimentary at a 1:10 ratio for schools.

Snack and meal options are available for additional costs.