About the Hatta Wellbeing Campus

Immerse yourself in the Hatta Wellbeing Campus to achieve a milestone in your students’ discovery of personal wellbeing.

Allow your students to break through the four walls of a classroom into a dynamic learning environment and allow them to see Nature and the Community as an extension of their classroom.

Not everyone may be ready for camping and expeditions, but we can still make conscious choices to take active steps to healthy living and mindful growth so give your students the opportunity to discover a stronger self as they discover the beauty of Hatta.

Through experiential and place-based learning, engage in back-to-basics experiences to understand what being future-ready means, and explore the other side of Hatta that integrates Character-Wellbeing development to give relevance to a student’s daily life.

Designed to lay the foundation for healthy living and a life-long way to mindfulness, programmes and activities at the Wellbeing Campus are the result of a unique partnership between KHDA, Ground-Up Initiative (GUI), and Ecoventure. It is carefully designed to bring students closer to nature, the local community spaces and their personal wellbeing.


The Hatta Wellbeing Campus at a glance

A portfolio of programmes, which vary in the depths of engagement, ranging from 1-Day Immersions, 2-Day 1-Night Wellness Camps, Teachers’ & Principals’ Wellbeing Retreats.

The Hatta Wellbeing Campus is a learning and rejuvenation space for all levels – students, higher education learners, teachers, and even school leaders.

Soon to come: Digital Badges for global recognition of programme completion.



To start the 2019 season, we are opening a 1-week window from 27 January – 1 February 2019 (6 days) for 1-Day Immersions to Discover the Treasures of Hatta. Programmes can be catered for both students and teachers.

Programmes are designed and delivered by our partners at Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) and Ecoventure.

GUI is building a 21st Century ‘School of Life’ that offers experiential, place-based learning in a nature-inspired community campus in the heartlands of Singapore. GUI has pioneered dynamic ways of shaping people and nurturing leaders by forging a beautiful connection with the earth and the community.

Ecoventure provides the highest standards of adventure-based learning in a safe and health-led environment and is passionate about providing an holistic approach to education where young people can develop an understanding of the environment, themselves and others.

Write to us to know more: info@ecoventure.com or call +971 4 3640062 to be a part of this unique learning experience.


Discover the Treasures of Hatta – Take notice, explore, discover (1 Day)

Discover the Treasures of Hatta – A mindful journey to wellbeing (2 Days / 1 Night)

Discover the Treasures of Hatta – Teacher edition (1 Day)

Discover the Treasures of Hatta:
Take notice, explore, discover

Besides pursuing academic excellence in school, exposure to the natural environment to understand personal wellbeing is becoming a valuable life-skill that cultivates resilience, confidence, and future-readiness for an ever changing and complex world. Our children need to become more self-aware, possess the right tools to manage themselves (physically, emotionally, and socially), and grow to experience their own joy in learning.

As a cornerstone programme, this 1-Day immersion provides a fun and motivational platform for students to learn about wellbeing and explore challenges that they face in their lives. In addition, it equips them with the qualities, values and skills to navigate their way through these challenges with clarity, confidence and enthusiasm.

The programme at a glance

  • 1 day
  • For students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 (aged 13-15)
  • Groups of 45 students per trip
  • Students arrive at 9:30am in the morning, and leave at 4:00pm the same day
  • Activities to explore and help your student articulate what wellbeing means to him/her, and how connecting to nature helps him/her practice and cultivate a positive self
  • Students will:
    • Appreciate key concepts connected to the 5 Ways to Wellbeing
    • Facilitation to heighten self-awareness
    • Learn about our connections and relationship to nature
    • Appreciate wellbeing through various learning forms – learn socially and have facilitated solitary reflection time among nature
    • Team building through a nature hike
    • Managing fear during a “Blind Walk”
    • Empathy training when solving challenges and learning to make decisions
    • Expressing emotions through a “Negative Rock

Discover the Treasures of Hatta:
A mindful journey to wellbeing

An exciting one-night residential camp for students that transforms the beautiful Hatta landscape and its community into an extension of the classroom.

Designed to develop mindfulness as a tool towards wellbeing, the programme will provide opportunities for students to be challenged physically, emotionally and socially.

Students will embark on a journey of discovery through the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ – Give, Be Active, Connect, Keep Learning and Take Notice – with the aim to inspire the desire to take action for themselves and their own communities. 

The programme at a glance

  • 2 days / 1 night
  • For students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 (aged 13-15)
  • Groups of 45 students per trip
  • Students arrive at 9:30am in the morning, and leave the following day at 12pm
  • Students camp overnight and will take part in activities including tent assembly, hiking, cooking, farming and mindfulness
  • Students will:
    • Appreciate key concepts connected to the 5 Ways to Wellbeing
    • Be inspired to embrace the 5 Ways to Wellbeing day-to-day
    • Connect with team mates and channel team spirit
    • Find calmness and focus
    • Become socially aware of the world around them
    • Boost the sense of community
    • Become aware of social, environmental and sustainability practices
    • Be more informed about Hatta and its community
    • Take home valuable and actionable lessons

Discover the Treasures of Hatta:
Teacher Edition

Your health and wellbeing as a teacher is of the utmost importance to you and your students’ education; this is why we want to help you feel good and function well every day.

Join us for a purposeful and informal day outdoor in the beautiful mountains of Hatta and discover the Treasures of Hatta. Explore its unique natural surroundings and recharge to feel better.

Facilitated by Ground-up Initiative, the organisation that is building a 21st Century ‘School of Life’ experience in the heartlands of Singapore – GUI will help to shape and nurture you to be a leader by forging a beautiful connection with the earth and the community.

The programme at a glance

  • 1 day
  • For teachers of all grades and subjects
  • Groups of 45 teachers from mixed schools per trip
  • The programme provides a platform for teachers to share and discuss the various techniques they use to nurture their own wellbeing as they face challenges in their work and learn simple techniques to:
    • Instill calmness and positive energy to the mind and soul
    • Equip teachers with self-care tips that they can easily use to reduce stress and improve moods at work or at home.
    • Bring awareness to the body and highlighting the interconnections between physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
    • Experience a mindful journey of exploring a unique nature space in Hatta, to feel refreshed and pick up the wellbeing tips and learning points from the various stations and interactive activities.


Registration and Planning

How do students register for the Hatta camp experience?
Students can only register for the camp via an online link that is sent to you from Ecoventure. Please share the link with students and parents/guardians. Students who are not registered at least one week ahead of the programme start date will not be able to take part.

How should teachers prepare students for the programme?
Divide students into 4 groups and provide students with general information about wellbeing and how it relates to education before travelling to the Hatta camp. After returning to Dubai, we would love teachers to discuss with students how they can integrate wellbeing into their academic learning and community.

The Journey

How do we transport our students to the Hatta camp?
If you have limited transport facilities at your school, Ecoventure can organise transportation from/to your school for a pre-arranged fee. Alternatively, you may use your own school transport.

How do we get to Hatta?
Non-GCC nationals (expatriates) are no longer allowed to take the direct E44 route between Al Madam and Hatta, which enters Omani territory. We therefore recommend to use the Sharjah-Kalba road. By bus, the journey is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Dubai.

Where and when is the meeting point in Hatta?
Schools are expected to arrive in Hatta by 9:30am. Students should be dropped-off at Hatta Fort Hotel.

Where and when is the departure from Hatta?
Activities will finish by midday and buses should collect students from Hatta Fort Hotel.

Does transport remain at the site in Hatta throughout the camp?
We’ll need to move students around Hatta at the following specific times:
Early in the afternoon on Day 1 (around 2pm) to travel to Hatta Dam and return journey to night camp at approximately 5pm.
Outside these times transport at the camp is not required.

Health & Safety

We need a copy of the risk assessment details and other health and safety documents. Who can we ask?
Ecoventure can provide you with these. Please contact the Ecoventure team at info@ecoventureme.com or +97144558777.

What if there is a medical emergency?
The Hatta Hill Hospital is open 24/7 and is located a short drive from the campsite.

How much physical activity are teachers expected to participate in?
There should be one teacher for every 10 students and teachers are expected to complete the Hatta camp journey with them. There will not be extreme physical challenges, but definitely some walking involved.

As teachers, are we solely responsible for the care of the students during their stay at the camp?
During daytime activities, teachers are expected to be present with students at all times. Activities finish at approximately 9:30pm and hereafter teachers are legally and solely responsible for their students throughout the night. Educators from Ecoventure and Ground-Up Initiative will be present at the camp at all times and will assist in case of emergency. Hotel guards will also be on duty to help.

What to bring?

Which personal items do students/teachers need to bring to the camp?
Student/teachers will sleep at the camp overnight and will need to bring:
• Sleeping bag
• Flip flops and/or other spare shoes for the evening
• T-shirt and mid-length shorts or sport leggings for Day 2
• A light jacket / sweater / raincoat for the evening / night
• Pyjamas, underwear and socks
• Toothbrush and any personal hygiene and medication necessary
• Towel
• Wash kit (shower gel, toothpaste, etc )
• Torch
• Bag for dirty or wet clothes

Please note, the campsite will provide students/teachers with tents and sleeping mattresses.

What should students/teachers bring for day activities at the camp?
Students should bring a light and practical backpack. We recommend:
• Refillable water bottle (the camp does not provide plastic bottles of water)
• Sunscreen
• Hat
• Sunglasses

What should students/teachers wear for day activities at the camp?
Taking into account the activities planned for the camp we recommend:
• Comfortable walking shoes (closed toe)
• T-shirt and mid-length shorts or sport leggings

What should students/teachers bring for lunch on Day 1?
Hygienic and functional lunchboxes should contain a healthy sandwich and finger foods. A healthy snack will also be required for the afternoon. Avoid processed food, such as crisps, soft drinks and energy drinks as these will not provide the nutrition needed for the active day. Dry goods are the best option, such as nuts, trail mix, raisins etc and banana. Please note, a healthy dinner on Day 1 will be provided. A breakfast plus healthy lunch will provided for Day 2.

Can students bring electronic devices with them?
Students will not be allowed to carry mobile phones during the day and/or evening activities. They are welcome to bring cameras to take pictures.
Please note, a professional videographer will be present throughout the duration of the programme. Please inform families ahead of the programme start date and notify us of any student who wishes to not be filmed. We will be looking for volunteers to share details of their experience on film; please recommend students who would like to take part.

What if it rains on the day?
The programme is designed to take place whatever the weather, so long as roads are safe to travel by to and from Hatta.

Need to know more? Here’s how.

EcoVenture will hold a pre-programme meeting for teachers whereby all participating schools will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive further details about the trip. Meeting location TBC.


Discover the Treasures of Hatta


27 January (Sunday) 1 Day programme available
28 January (Monday) 1 Day programme available
29 January (Tuesday) 1 Day programme available
30 January (Wednesday) 1 Day programme available
31 January (Thursday) 1 Day programme available
1 February (Friday) 1 Day programme available

Join Us

Register your school direct with EcoVenture here, send an email to info@ecoventureme.com or call +97144558777 to be a part of this unique and dynamic learning experience!

Get in touch

Knowledge and Human Development Authority
Block 8, Dubai International Academic City
P.O Box: 500008, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971-4-3640000
Toll Free: 800 KHDA (800 5432)
Email: info@khda.gov.ae
Web: www.khda.gov.ae