Ski Dubai is my little daughters' favorite Dubai Attraction.
Dubai Skiing trip in the desert? You're kidding, Right? Wrong...
I put up this information here for your benefit, so that you can have a truly wonderful time, avoiding all the mistakes and making the most of your time and money.
This info is continuously updated by us with additional inputs from our friends who've visited here ever since it opened in December' 05.
The Dubai Ski Dome at the Mall of the Emirates.
Location: Exit 39 off Shiekh Zayed Road (when driving towards Al Barsha), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Ski Dubai Contact Number: Tel: +971 4 4094000 | Fax: +971 4 4094101.
The in-house Ski Dubai Snow School helps you learn, refresh or improve ski and snowboard skills. If found lacking in ability, you will need to take lessons.
The Snow School offers a private slope for beginners to allow learners to develop effective skills in a safe controlled environment.
Intermediate skiers and snowboarders are instructed on blue and red groomed runs. For the experts, more challenging areas are available such as the Freestyle zone, temporary race runs and the world's first indoor run.
Maximum 8-10 skiers / snowboarders of the same ability in a group
A professional ski or snowboard instructor assists the group for 1.5 hours on the slope: warm up, practice in accordance with level of the lesson, have fun, and receive individual tips to improve skills
Adult groups of less than 3 people receive equivalent instruction of 1 hour.
Highly trained professional ski and snowboard instructors for teaching kids.
Ski Dubai’s unique Polar Bear Club is designed to broaden a child's imagination while providing a fun environment for developing skills.
Helmets are compulsory for kids under 13 and are provided as part of equipment included in session and lesson passes.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
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General Tips and Information:
If you or your kids can't ski, then you'll have to spend 2 hours either sledging or tobogganing. Highly boring!
The expert section of Ski Dubai hill is a Green run that lasts about 5 minutes right from the top; and is slightly narrower than the regular section.
It's indoors, in the middle of the desert, internal temperatures are -2 C (28.4 F), whereas temperatures outside ski Dubai's Ski dome are anywhere between 30 C (86 F) to 50 C (122 F). What a novelty!
The world's only indoor Black Run is located here.
-2 C (28.4 F) is mighty cold, especially if you walk in from the heat outside, so it's better to carry you own gloves and hat to stay comfortable. These aren't provided. They're available at the local ski shop or at the H&M store in the shopping area of the mall. The cheap mittens cost around AED 10.
Many a teenager on snowboards create havoc, which is natural at their age, and needs to be checked, but the staff do nothing about it.
If you wish to grab a bite in one of the super restaurants, you can freeze your 2 hour time that you bought for the ski slopes.
Skiing in Dubai, that too in a mall, The Mall of the Emirates (Hotel Kempinski), while watching shoppers and diners through the large glass windows is really exciting.
I recommend taking along a pair of heavy, knee-high socks. Low cut socks or the thin ones are a no-no as the boots will rub raw places on your calves.
The snow quality is quite good; and doesn't get icy, since the sun doesn’t shine on it.
The Snowpark area is good, clean and safe, with different games like bobsled, toboggan, etc., perfect for non-skiers / snow-boarders and children.
The music, lights and fire show at the fountain at the valet car parking entrance of The Mall of the Emirates is a must watch. Catch it every 30 minutes; best seen after sunset.
Confirm the size of your ski poles, as people place them in any slot that's available.
There's an easy side and a harder side to the black diamond run (the expert slope, and the hardest one too), which is about 400 meters long and turns a dog leg.
The Lodge Flame Burger and Classic French onion soup at the St. Moritz cafe' is a must try.
Hot Chocolate at the Avalanche Cafe' is a HOT fave!
Mist hangs in the air all over the place and visibility is not very good.
The ski lift is quite slow and can get frustrating. It takes around 5 minutes to get to the top and just 50 seconds to come down. So, if you're gonna spend 2 hours skiing in Dubai, then you'll have to endure between 10 to 20 times of frustrating ski lifts.