Photos of Ski Dubai, winter sports in the desert, United Arab Emirates

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Ski Dubai, winter sports in the desert

The Mall of the Emirates is a huge shopping mall in the Al Barsha district, with 223,000 m² of shops, a fourteen-screen movie theatre, a gaming arena and, most famously, Ski Dubai, the Middle East's first indoor ski slope.

Playing in the snow
In the snow park
Sliding down the snow
Spectators watching
Ski Dubai view
Learning to ski
Children's skiing lessons
Boys skiing
Skiing lessons
Ice sculptures
In the Ice Cave
Children's play area

Its ski area is one of the largest in the world: an 85 metres high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, its longest run being 400 metres with a fall of over 60 metres and a 90 metre long quarter pipe for snowboarders. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. There is also a 3000 m² Snow Park play area, sled and toboggan runs, an ice cave and a 3D theatre. It was officially inaugurated in late November 2005.

Ski Dubai is also home to a number of penguins who come out to play several times a day; these penguin encounters allow the public to interact directly with the penguins. An extremely efficient insulation system helps the facility maintain a temperature of -1 °C during the day and -6 °C at night when the snow is produced. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.