February 26, 2013
Seawings, the UAE's luxury seaplane tour operator, organized
first-ever aerial educational tours on
February 17, 2013
. The 40 minute seaplane tours were part of its recently launched education programme -
. The programme was attended by over 50 students from the Al Khaleej National School at the Seawings base in Jebel Ali Beach Hotel.
Each flight was preceded by a 30 minute briefing designed by educators to provide the information necessary for students to derive the greatest educational benefit from the tour.
Students on the Seawings Education Programme gain a unique perspective on the history, development, architecture, economy and ecology of
"It was a lot of fun. I never expected
to look so different from the photographs and videos which we have seen in class. The best thing was I could sit next to the pilot," said Sahel who was among the first few students who took the flight.
The tour also provides an aerial perspective on the commercial, industrial and residential infrastructure located in the particular natural environment that deﬁnes
"There is so much diversity within the landscape and
coastline. It is a very different experience for the students." said
Peter Milne, an independent education consultant
, who helped Seawings design the programme.
The programme has been carefully designed to ensure that the ﬂight forms part of an overall educational experience that enhances some of the major international curriculums being oﬀered in the UAE. The programme is of most direct beneﬁt to geography students, but can be beneﬁcial to students of other subjects including the sciences, history and art & design.