Ski Dubai#9 in Best Things To Do in Dubai
"Surreal" is one way to describe Ski Dubai. Even when the city is enveloped in sizzling triple-digit temperatures, this massive indoor winter wonderland is never without fresh powder. The Middle East's first indoor ski center, Ski Dubai boasts five ski runs (the longest of which spans more than 1,300 feet with a 197-foot vertical drop), a freestyle snowboard zone, a chairlift, as well as room for toboggan runs and snowball fights. Inside there's also the world's first indoor black run, ski lessons for the kiddos, as well as a penguin colony.
Recent travelers loved the idea of skiing in Dubai, but warn that avid snow bunnies may lose interest. As one might expect, those who've never skied, or didn't do it often, were thrilled by the attraction, while those who knew their way around the slopes were quickly bored. Although proper gear is available at the facility, some travelers warned that it is very cold inside, and to bring any extra winter accessories you may have, especially a hat and gloves. Families, in particular, found this attraction to be a hit with their youngsters. But many travelers warn that the hidden fees for services, such as locker usage and pictures with penguins are pretty high –even unreasonable.
Ski Dubai is connected to the Mall of Emirates southwest of the Burj Al Arab and Wild Wadi Waterpark; you can easily reach the slopes from the Mall of the Emirates metro station. Ski Dubai is open every day from 9 or 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the day. Various activities are available for different price points. For instance, for access to the snow park, which includes activities like bobsled runs and sledding, adults pay 190 dirhams or about $52 (170 dirhams, or about $47 for children). But a full-day access pass to the slopes costs 305 dirhams (around $83) for adults and 280 dirhams (roughly $76) for children. The entrance cost covers admission to certain parts of the attraction, access to the chairlift ride and a voucher. You can find more information on Ski Dubai's website.
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#1 Burj Al Arab
Overlooking the Persian Gulf from its perch between Jumeirah Beach and the Palm Islands, this stunning building has wowed architecture buffs since it opened in 1999. Its curved glass façade – modeled after the sails that have graced Dubai's waterways all these years – shelters a world-class, über-luxurious hotel located on its own man-made island. The hotel not only houses the tallest atrium in the world at nearly 600 feet high, but it is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Architecture aside, amenities include revolving beds in some suites, as well as a helipad, in case you thought arriving via a complimentary Rolls-Royce was too pedestrian.
But you don't have to stay at the Burj Al Arab to enjoy it (and let's face it, most can't). Those who aren't crashing at the hotel can gain entry by grabbing a bite at one of the on-site restaurants. Among them are Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, which features floor-to-ceiling windows guarding a massive fish tank, and the sky-high Al Muntaha, located on the scenic 27th floor of the building.
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