Jan 14, 2010

World's Largest Indoor Ski Resort - Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 85-meter high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-meter-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and a 90-meter-long quarter pipe for snowboarders. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-meter Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, a snowball shooting gallery, an ice cave, and a 3D theater. Other attractions include a mirror maze and a snowman-making area. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.

An extremely efficient insulation system is the key to maintain the temperature of −1 °C during the day and −6 °C during the night when the snow is produced. That being said, the facility consumes 3000 gals of oil per day producing huge amounts of GHGs.

Ski Dubai is part of the Majid Al Futtaim Group of Companies, a leader for shopping malls in the region.

In 2007 Ski Dubai was awarded the Thea Outstanding Achievement Award by the Themed Entertainment Association.

Ski Dubai was the location of a detour in the 10th leg of the reality game show The Amazing Race Asia on its 1st season. It also appeared as a detour in the 5th leg of the 15th season of the original American version.



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Ski Dubai is really a cool place for Skiing in Dubai. For young and old alike. Nevermind if you do not know how to ski. You can take classes or just do some toboganning or sledging. But, if you're a pro skier, then you will really enjoy the various slopes that are pretty close to the real slopes elsewhere.

Shabbir K.
Dubai City, Attractions in Arabian Paradise

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