The idea of skiing on real snow in the desert is so very Dubai, and when it's over 100°F (38°C) outside, stepping into this indoor winter wonderland can be a hugely surreal relief. Skiers can choose between five runs and a freestyle zone outfitted with rails and jumps, and while the vertical drop is only 196 feet (60 meters), even advanced skiers will appreciate the novelty of the site's lift-accessed "mountain." Non-skiers can ride toboggans or the giant ball run, take a spin on the ski lift, observe Ski Dubai's resident colony of gentoo penguins and king penguins, or soar above the faux mountain on the Snow Bullet zip line. Two cafes offer areas to relax and sip hot chocolate in the 25°F (-4°C) weather.
Things to Know Before You Go
This site is a must for families and active travelers.
Choose between a single attraction ticket and an unlimited park pass.
All equipment and winter gear is included, but remember to bring a hat and gloves.
New skiers can sign up for a lesson from ski instructors at the Ski Dubai ski school.
Lockers are available for a small fee.
How to Get There
Ski Dubai is inside the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest malls in the world. The easiest way to get there is by riding the metro red line to the Mall of the Emirates station.
When to Get There
Ski Dubai is open and snow-covered throughout the year, so there isn't really a bad time to visit. As one of Dubai's most popular attractions, especially when outdoor temperatures start to soar, it's a good idea to book in advance. Guests interested in the penguin encounter should plan to book at least 24 hours in advance.
Skiing Up an Appetite
Skiers and non-skiers alike should set aside some time to visit the site's Avalanche Cafe. Located mid-slope and accessible via the chairlift or a short uphill climb, this alpine-themed eatery is the perfect setting for people watching and sipping hot chocolate. The St Moritz Café, located at the Ski Dubai entrance, serves heartier fare, including burgers and French onion soup.
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