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Skiing? In Dubai?!?
Ski Dubai (Dubai)
Member Name: cools952
Ski Dubai (Dubai)
Advantages: Excellent quality slopes, good length runs
Disadvantages: As with most things in Dubai - cost
Bizarre! Simply bizarre!
That was my opinion when some friends of mine that live in Dubai informed me that we would be going snowboarding on one of our days activities! I presumed that the pounding Dubai sun had finally got to them and sent them mad! I was even more surprised when we set out to go snowboarding and they informed me that I would be fine in my T-shirt and jeans. Added to that the fact that they then drove me to the Emirates Mall and I was ready to call out the psychiatric unit!
Strangely, as we turned the corner in the mall around the next set off shops, there, sure enough, lay Ski Dubai. As a regular at the Snow Dome back home in Tamworth my first impressions were "this place is huge!" The mall affords a good view up the massive slopes as glass walls encase it.
As you would expect for a venture this excessive and unnecessary, it comes at a price and I seem to recall I paid about £50 for the privilege. This included hire of my snowboard, boots and bindings along with a waterproof jacket and trousers. The only slight con I thought was that you had to buy gloves, clearly which you would never use again on a holiday in Dubai! I should add, that the above is covered for skiiers as well.
As I've mentioned before, the slopes are huge and have a slight "L" shaped design from top to bottom. There are beginners slopes where the staff will provide lessons, a snow play area, toboganning run or the main slopes for the serious boarders/skiiers. A ski resort chairlift system takes you either part way or right to the top where I found there were also the odd ramp and trick section to the slope for the more "extreme."
There were a wide variety of abilities on show, from the barely able to stand to the outright show off (I like to think I was somewhere in between!) On a bizarre side note, this may be a good place to spot celebrities too as Teddy Sheringham skiied past me at one point!
Overall, a great alternative day out in Dubai.
Summary: Something for all ages and abilities
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