Ski Dubai offers plenty of indoor fun for the entire family, year-round. Located in the heart of Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is an ultra-chic shopping mall with stores you can expect to find along Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry and Cartier to name a few. The ever expanding universe that is Dubai doesn’t escape your mind here, as mini-mockups of skyscrapers with all their luxurious amenities dot the walk ways, with aggressive sales reps donned in Gucci shoes compete for your attention to glimpse the upcoming property.

Indoor skiing awaits you in the middle of the desert at Ski Dubai

Indoor skiing awaits you in the middle of the desert at Ski Dubai

In a not-so-tucked corner of the mall, you find a large window from floor to ceiling that beams up many stories. On the other side of the glass barrier are children doing their best penguin impersonations as they traverse snow with skis in tow. Ski lifts ascend and disappear into the unknown with snowboarders and skiers aboard, ready to descend down the snowy ramps. This is Ski Dubai.

Mall of the Emirates in Dubai has every store you can think of, including indoor skiing at Ski Dubai | Pic: R. Ocampo

Mall of the Emirates in Dubai has every store you can think of, including indoor skiing at Ski Dubai | Pic: R. Ocampo

Ski Dubai – 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Indoor skiing in the middle of the desert? Ski Dubai: 5 Things to Know Before You Go!

Indoor skiing in the middle of the desert? Ski Dubai: 5 Things to Know Before You Go!

Helpful tips:

  1. No need to pack warm clothes, they have jackets and pants (trousers for my British friends), as well as disposable socks
  2. DO pack gloves – they do not have gloves available except for purchase and who wants to do that? I bareknuckled it for a few hours. It was bearable but I would have been more comfortable using my own
  3. The first two counters for obtaining equipment are the same. Don’t make the mistake I did of waiting in the first long line, and not going to the second counter, which had a short queue!
  4. Know your height/weight in metric – there are no US (aka imperial) measurements.
    • 2.54 cm = 1 inch, first know how many inches you are (e.g. 5’2” = 62 inches, 62*2.54, you get 162.56 cm) but you’ll need to enter in meters so move the decimal after converting for 1.62 meters
    • 2.2 lbs = 1 kg, so divide your weight by 2.2
  5. If you know how to ski, go with the 2 hr Slope Pass. Two hours is more than enough and it comes out to about $40 USD, including rentals. Beginners will like Ski Dubai, as well, as the bunny slopes are perfect for learning. Bring the kids, as it is family friendly and little runs abound.

 

 

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