Snow skiing and a vast desert don't really go hand-in-hand unless you are in Dubai. The oil rich emirate has the Middle East's first indoor ski resort.
Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates opened at the end of 2005 and is proving to be an enormous attraction. It's the third largest indoor ski slope in the world, measuring 400 metres and using 6000 tons of snow, which adds up to 22,500 square metres of the white stuff. Temperature is kept at -1° to -2°C.
It has a revolving ski slope, artificial mountain range, an ice bridge, cable lift, snow maze, ice slide, polar bears, cold water aquarium and special sound and lighting.
Some people head straight for one of the five runs, some snowboard or toboggan while others just enjoy playing in the snow, all year round. There's something to entertain all ages, and you don't need to go to the expense of buying ski clothing and equipment. It's all there for you.
The St Moritz Café is at the entrance to Ski Dubai and Avalanche Café is at mid-station with views of the 85-metre slope.
Snow Pro, the retail shop, has expert staff to advise on equipment needs and there are professional instructors to teach the ropes of skiing or snowboarding.
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Ski Dubai full-day slope tickets start at around $75 for adults and $58 for children. Entry to the Snow Park starts at around $19 for adults and $15 for children.
Emirates has return flights to Dubai. Fares include tax and are valid until March 31, 2008.
- Perth, $2345
- Melbourne, $2696
- Brisbane, $2694
- Sydney, $2711
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.