Dubai is the perfect holiday destination for beaches, water sports, theme parks, outdoor sports and ancient historical sights, but now, with the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, it is a great place for winter sports too. Walking into the cool resort is like a trip to alpine mountains. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the winter sports including skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding and much more.
There is plenty for children to do who don’t ski or snowboard. Having fun in the snow, meeting the snow penguins and taking the chairlift to see the view are just a few things to enjoy. There is also tubing, a body slide, a giant, transparent ball for rolling down the run and a 10 foot ramp for jumping. The penguins emerge several times a day for interaction with the guests. Penguin encounters can also be booked in advance.
Ski Dubai is equipped with five runs that have different levels of difficulty, gradient and height. The longest run is 400 meters with a drop of over 60 meters. It has the first indoor black run in the world where the kickers, boxes and rails are changed regularly as well as gentle beginner slopes. There is also a Freestyle Zone for snowboarders to practice stunts, and there is an interactive snow park that is the largest in the world at 3,000 square meters with a snow cavern.Visitors to Dubai need not pack for a weekend in the mountains.
All the ski clothing for the -1 and -2 degrees climate and equipment that is needed is available at the resort including skis and snowboards. The rental of this high quality clothing and equipment is included in the price of the ticket. The resort comfortably holds 1500 people and is a great place for corporate outings and group activities.There are several ways to get to the top of the 85 meter resort including a quad chairlift, flying carpets and tow lift. Ski Dubai is a good place to go to learn how to ski or snowboard before going on a winter holiday. There are highly qualified instructors for children and adults who need to start from the beginning or who need tips for trying the black flag runs.
The other facilities are also first class including private party rooms for children, changing areas with lockers, a top of the line Snow Pro shop and two cafes. The St. Moritz Café is like a cozy mountain ski lodge with a fireplace and huge widows so guests can watch all the fun in the snow. The menu offers international cuisine with light snacks and lunches to a full, dinner menu. There are special menus for children. They also offer freshly baked baguettes, croissants and pastries throughout the day and hearty homemade soups.
The Avalanche Café is at mid-station with an outdoor terrace that has great views of the slopes. They offer a large selection of hot and cold drinks as well as hot soups, sandwiches, wraps and a variety of sweet and savory crepes. Their hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and whipped cream is out of this world.
Ski Dubai is part of the huge Dubai property the Mall of the Emirates. It is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. Shoppers inside the mall can watch the winter wonderland through a wall of glass. If you’re seeking for a home in Dubai, AAJ Property has plenty of modern apartments to buy in the city centre.
Charles Holland is a travel writer specialising in snow sports, cultural Europe, coastal India and African cities. Charles was born in London, but having grown up in Lagos, Nigeria, he has a great understanding of different cultures and world destinations. It was after he completed his English degree at the University of Sussex that he decided to combine both skills, travel knowledge and writing, to start posting his blogs onto the internet. So far he’s had great feedback and has some exciting projects in the pipeline. His latest work sees him compiling a guide to Goa which he will be posting onto his new website in the near future. Feel free to contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org