Skiing & Snowboarding, Dubai

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    Ski Dubai

    by antistar Written Mar 2, 2015

    Strange that VT has a "Skiing and Snowboarding" section for Dubai. It's not like there's a whole lot of options in the middle of the Arabian desert. In fact there is only one option, Ski Dubai, but it offers a unique experience - indoor winter sports recreated in the desert. It's as if they transplanted a section of the Alps and rebuilt it in the searing heat of Dubai. It can be 50 degrees outside and you can still play in the snow at Ski Dubai.

    You don't even have to ski. You can enjoy the chairlift, a snow bullet zip line and bobsled. You can snowboard, and you can learn to ski. You can even swim with penguins.

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    Skiing Dubai

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    In the arid and torrid sands of Dubai which sport should I recommend? SKI, naturally.

    Accessible from the shopping area of Mall of Emirates or from the adjacent Kempinsky Hotel (where you may book a chalet in the snow for "only" US $1000 a day) the artificial snow hill really creates the true ambiance. All the equipment may be rented or bought locally, but... you better try to book in advance.

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    Largest Indoor Skiing Area in The World 2

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013

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    In Line of Dubai's Quest for being the World's Largest in architecture, This centerpiece of the Mall of the Emirates is the Largest Indoor Ski Resort for a Desert Country. You will not miss it as the Theme park is at the center of the Mall of the Emirates! Having a Ski Resort in a blazing desert is perfectly logical for Dubai, who aspires to awe the world in everything.

    This indoor ski resort features an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and various features (boxes, rails, kickers) that are changed on a regular basis. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave. Ski Dubai is also home to a number of penguins who come out to play several times a day. Penguin encounters can be booked (although you will pay a separate price of AED 145 for a session with the penguins for 40 minutes plus the general admission for AED 200 for a total of 345 AED!) allowing the public to interact directly with the penguins. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission

    Admission Price is:
    200 AED for adults (2 hours) and 170 AED for children less than 13 year old
    50 AED per 1 hour extension
    Full Day Pass is 300 AED for adults and 240 AED for children less than 13 year old

    INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
    - Jacket
    - Trousers
    - Disposable socks
    - Helmet for children up to 13
    - Skis, poles and boots or Snowboard and boots

    NOT INCLUDED
    - Hat & gloves for hygiene reasons but can be purchased from the shop starting 10 Dhs
    - Locker rental is 20 Dhs and can be used by several persons
    - A ski pass deposit of 10 Dhs is required and will be refunded when returning the ticket

    FOR FIRST TIMERS:

    you need to get a ski lesson which includes being initiated to the equipment and basics of skiing or snowboarding for 1 hour and the price is different, at AED 150 for 1 hour for all ages, Group Lessons at 160 AED for 60 minutes.

    Opens: Thu to Sat 10AM-Midnight and Sun to Wed 10AM-11PM

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    Largest Indoor Skiing Area in The World 1

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 3, 2013

    In Line of Dubai's Quest for being the World's Largest in architecture, This centerpiece of the Mall of the Emirates is the Largest Indoor Ski Resort for a Desert Country. You will not miss it as the Theme park is at the center of the Mall of the Emirates! Having a Ski Resort in a blazing desert is perfectly logical for Dubai, who aspires to awe the world in everything.

    This indoor ski resort features an 85-meter-high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-metre-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and various features (boxes, rails, kickers) that are changed on a regular basis. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave. Ski Dubai is also home to a number of penguins who come out to play several times a day. Penguin encounters can be booked (although you will pay a separate price of AED 145 for a session with the penguins for 40 minutes plus the general admission for AED 200 for a total of 345 AED!) allowing the public to interact directly with the penguins. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission

    Admission Price is:
    200 AED for adults (2 hours) and 170 AED for children less than 13 year old
    50 AED per 1 hour extension
    Full Day Pass is 300 AED for adults and 240 AED for children less than 13 year old

    INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
    - Jacket
    - Trousers
    - Disposable socks
    - Helmet for children up to 13
    - Skis, poles and boots or Snowboard and boots

    NOT INCLUDED
    - Hat & gloves for hygiene reasons but can be purchased from the shop starting 10 Dhs
    - Locker rental is 20 Dhs and can be used by several persons
    - A ski pass deposit of 10 Dhs is required and will be refunded when returning the ticket

    FOR FIRST TIMERS:

    you need to get a ski lesson which includes being initiated to the equipment and basics of skiing or snowboarding for 1 hour and the price is different, at AED 150 for 1 hour for all ages, Group Lessons at 160 AED for 60 minutes.

    Opens: Thu to Sat 10AM-Midnight and Sun to Wed 10AM-11PM

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    Ski Dubai -inside the Mall of the Emirates

    by nyperose Written Jan 1, 2013

    Ski Dubai was a funny discovery : 22 500 square meters of snow inside a shopping mall - The Mall of the Emirates!

    You can rent everything you need inside. There are 5 ski-runs that vary in difficulty, height and gradient. The longest run is 400 meters.

    The temperature inside is between - 1, - 2 C.

    Inside the Mall of the Emirates The main entrance Ski Dubai A little glimpse inside Ski Dubai
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    Snow Boarding

    by Big_Jake Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Mall of the Emirates has recently added an indoor ski slope. Being an avid snowboarder I decided to give it a try. I went on a Wednesday, the day the Sheik died of all days, but the mall was still crowded. The cost was about 125 AED for 2 hours on the slope. This price also included a rental board, boots and snow clothes. Due to hygienic reasons they cannot provide rental gloves and hats, which would be really gross if they did. The ski shop was out of gloves and hats so I wandered down the mall to the Columbia store and purchased some there. I recommend that anyways since Columbia has quality merchandise, and probably cheaper that the ski shop. Once inside the ski area you feel as if you are in a giant freezer. The lower area has toboggans and a family snow area, but I went for the lift. It takes about 2-3 minutes to get to the top, and 20 seconds to ski to the bottom. There was no quarter pipe or board park that the website mentioned. To sum it up, this would a good place to learn to ski/board. If you have any kind of previous experience; save your money.

    I was bored so I left after one hour cafe outside of the giant freezer
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    Ski Dubai

    by kuwait_david Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Head away from the beach in the heat of the day around noon and hit the slopes at Mall of the Emirates when they are at their quietest. You don't need to bring anything other than your hat and a pair of gloves, the rest comes included in your ski pass. Ski Dubai has 5 slopes that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. Ski Dubai has the world’s first indoor black run. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy the various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter pipe. Kids and parents alike will have fun in the huge interactive Snow Park, which at 3000 square meters is the largest indoor snow park in the world. Information on opening times, prices etc is on the skidubai website, but is often out of date or inaccurate so best to give them a call before heading over. If you can avoid the evenings (4pm onwards) and Fridays and Saturdays you will have much more space and room to ski as the slopes will be much quieter.

    View from Emirates Mall of Ski Dubai View from Emirates Mall of Ski Dubai View from Emirates Mall of Ski Dubai View from Emirates Mall of Ski Dubai Map of how to get to Ski Dubai
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    Ski Dubai

    by MM212 Updated Oct 31, 2008

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    You've heard about it, IT'S REAL! The indoor ski slope in Dubai. A crazy idea that has been successfully implemented. Worth going to the Mall of the Emirates to check it out. No need to ski there if you've tried the Alps or the Rockies, but it is great for beginners and for staying in shape.

    Equipment and clothing are provided with the ski pass, except for gloves and hats. Bring your own, or buy them at the onsite ski shop. You can get a pass for 2 hours, or an entire day.

    Update: In October 2008, I finally entered the ski slope and did a couple of runs. It is quite the experience, especially coming from outdoors where the temperature was about 34C! The snow, as expected, feels icy and manmade and the runs are too short. However, it is definitely a good experience that could keep you in shape.

    You do need winter clothes inside...
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    Skiing in the Desert!

    by Marisola Updated Jun 19, 2008

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    They have EVERYTHING in Dubai, so why not skiing? It's the "Coolest Thing in Dubai," and Yes, it's in the middle of the desert! Located at the Kempinski hotel, in the Emirates Mall, they have Ski Dubai. Don't worry if you didn't bring your gear -- You can rent everything there! There are 5 different runs for varied levels of skiers and snowboarders. There are also two cafes with great views of the slopes if you just want to watch. It's a cool place to go!

    Indoor Skiing Entrance View from Outdoors View from the Mall
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    ski in Dubai

    by paragianna75 Written Feb 19, 2008

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    Ofcourse going there only to ski is a madness but being there for 2 days I wanted to see how it is :P There is one lift that takes you to the top (of the building) where you choose one of the 2 slopes to get down.In the middle of the way up with the lift you can get off if you are a beginer.There are also baby lifts and space where first time skiers and snowboarders take lessons.If you get bored or cold (!) you can have a hot chocolate/coffee inside the chalets :)
    Before you go there make sure to have gloves and a hat otherwise you have to buy from the shops inside the mall.The rest (uniforms, socks, skiis) you rent them there.A 2hrs ski pass costs about 28euros its the shortest card you can have and believe you dont need more :)

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    Ski Dubai

    by sue_stone Written Jan 7, 2008

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    Located in the Mall of Emirates is a most unusual attraction for a city located in the desert - an indoor ski slope! Ski Dubai, as it is known, is the first indoor ski field in the Middle East. It looks a bit like a movie set, and is a very popular tourist attraction for the city.

    You can ski, snowboard and toboggan here. Besides the standard level ski slope, there is a beginners slope (with lessons mandatory for first timers), play areas for the kids, an area for snowboarders, and even the world's first indoor 'black' run for the serious skiers.

    We didn't actually ski, but spent some time at a café overlooking the very real looking slope, watching beginners learning the basics, and thankful that the thick pane of glass separated us from the icy snow field conditions.

    **Make sure you have a look at Photo 3 where you can see the outside of the snow slope in the distance**

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    Skiing in the desert!

    by mrbmann Written Oct 23, 2006

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    In Mall of the Emirates they have one of those crazy things that can come out of having soooo much oil money....A skislope in the middle of the desert! This is defintely a "must try" thing - it is rather cheap and the equipment you can rent is absolutely ok. 2 hours costs around 30€ incl. equipment. I tried it and it was a laugh.

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    Sand Skiing

    by DesertDevil Written Apr 3, 2005

    A place full of sand? What hold you up from skiing?
    It is fun and HOT.
    the sand dunes are so big making skiing over them a wild and fun experience.
    Sand-skiing can be arranged on request or as a part of a full-day or half-day safari.

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    Ski Dubai

    by jayjayc Written Nov 18, 2009

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    Very timely to do since you will really sweat like a pig while you're in Dubai (except of course during winter season). Fee is around 80 AED for one or two hours (please check)..

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    Ski Dubai

    by chizz Written Mar 27, 2008

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    Either go skiing or observe through the large windows - the only ski slope I know of in a shopping mall!

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