About SciFest Dubai

SciFest Dubai™ is a platform to promote creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and STEAM education. The aim is to promote a love for science and a deeper understanding of the scientific method. 


In addition to organising the annual Science Festival, SciFest Dubai also promotes STEAM Education and public understanding of science through numerous workshops, thinktanks, projects, conferences, community initiatives, and radio shows. 


SciFest Dubai is partners with Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)


The 2014, 2015, and 2016 editions of the festival had a cumulative total of over 300+ events; 40,000+ audience members and participants; 500,000+ social media followers and was covered by the local and international press, including BBC World. 

The 2017 Dubai Science Festival takes place form November 1-7


SciFest Dubai™ aims to be a major regional festival of the Arts and Sciences. Through partnerships with educational organisations, private enterprises, and government bodies SciFest Dubai™ seeks to be an integral part of Dubai’s Expo 2020. 

To celebrate science through the arts and popular culture and to promote STEAM Education.


  • To bring culture back into science and make science fun and exciting through music, dance, poetry, theatre, debates, conferences, movie screenings and science fiction writing. 

  • To develop a sense of wonder and awe about science.

  • To bring science out of the narrow confines of classroom curriculum and academic circles and into mainstream culture. 

  • To serve as the main platform for research centres, science museums, universities, and schools to showcase their scientific talents and achievements.

  • To encourage scientific literacy among the general public.

  • To collaborate with other festivals, events, and organizations with similar goals.

  • To create networking platforms for science enthusiasts.

  • To exhibit the latest technologies and innovations within the field. 

  • To reach out to recognised scientists and authors from around the world.

  • To curate and aggregate science news and memes, and promote online science discussions on social media.

  • To maintain SciFest Dubai™ as an ongoing enterprise through events, workshops, and thinktanks in the build-up to the annual science festival.

Core Values
Intelligent Optimism
Intelligent Optimism is about being thrilled, excited, and optimistic about the future in an informed and rational way based on what science and technology have to offer. 

Cosmic Citizenship
Cosmic citizenship is about moving beyond being merely a global citizen and thinking of oneself as a citizen of the universe.  It involves seeking knowledge about the cosmos and being future ambassadors for planet earth.

The 21st century calls for collaboration over competition. "We" is the new "me" - especially in the fields of science and education. 

Scientific Literacy 
Science is more than a collection of facts. It’s a way of thinking. When one looks at the world through a scientifically literate lens, the world becomes a place full of answers and explanations – a world free from pseudoscience and superstition. 

Dubai has a literary festival, jazz festival, food festival, and film festival. There are music concerts, art exhibitions, and big-budget sporting events. This is what makes Dubai a vibrant and exciting city. However, Dubai has had very little on the science front. 

SciFest Dubai™ is an attempt to address this limited public participation in science by highlighting the magic and awe associated with science. Many wonderful science-based events are already happening at the moment, but they are in isolated pockets. SciFest Dubai™ aims to bring all these events together in one exciting series of events.

Festival History

SciFest Dubai™ was launched in February 2014.  It was a four-day festival of the sciences – a celebration of the sciences through the arts and popular culture.  The venue sponsor was Meydan Theatre and the main sponsor was GEMS Education.  Additional sponsors were Emax and Fitness First.  The media partner was Khaleej Times with support from Dubai Eye 103.8 radio.  The festival had coverage in all national print media and radio and television.  It was also covered by BBC World.  It had 25 events attended by 13,000 visitors and participants.  The chief guest at the opening ceremony was Director General of KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority), Dr. Abdulla Al Karam. SciFest Dubai™ currently has 100,000+ followers on Facebook. 



The 2015 Science Festival took place in Dubai Municipality's Children City from 4-9 October 2015 in collaboration with Goethe Institute's Science Film Festival that was an official Collaborating Partner of the UNESCO International Year of Light. SciFest Dubai is partners with KHDA and Dr Abdullah Al Karam, Director General at KHDA, was the Chief Guest at the Opening Ceremony. The festival took place over 6 days with over 200 separate events,  and15,500+ audience members, volunteers, and participants. Kevin Russell, Executive Director of Serious Wonder, and H. E. Majid Al Qassimi, founder of MENA Scientist, were the keynote speakers. 


The 2016 Science Festival is took place between November 1 -7. The theme of the festival was Moonshot Thinking and the festival tool place at Mohammed bin Rashid Academic Centre, D3 Dubai Design District, Children's City, and various other schools, universities, and science venues in the city. Click here to view the 2016 programme of events.


The festival is set to take place this year from November 1-7. More details soon. 


More information about SciFest Dubai

Click here to view/download the SciFest Dubai overview

Click here to view/download the highlights of the 2015 festival

Click here to view/download images from the 2015 festival


Community initiatives

SciFest Dubai™ has three major community initiatives under its umbrella:

Intelligent Optimism (330,000+ followers on Facebook)
Café Scientifique Dubai  (25,000+ followers on Facebook)
Project Tesseract (Promoting Third Culture conversations)

Speakers at SciFest Dubai

Click here to view the full list of speakers at SciFest Dubai events

Friends of SciFest Dubai

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