Everyone knows that the climate of a country had no bearing on its capability to host a skiing facility. As well as dry ski slopes, the technology for creating actual snow synthetically has been around for some time.

Even so, the idea of snow in the Middle East seems so incongruent, so out-of-kilter with the stereotypical desert landscape, that one can’t help but raise an eyebrow at the thought of skiing in Dubai. But rest assured, it’s a reality – and an increasingly popular one at that.

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. It’s titular activity, as well as snowboarding and tobogganing, takes place in a typically over-the-top mountain-themed setting. And if sports aren’t your thing, you can even just have a play in the snow. In Dubai! All year round!

Ski Dubai offers skiers 22,500 square metres (about 3 football pitches) of real snow, comprising 5 different runs, which vary in difficulty from beginner to advanced. A professional instructor is available on a lesson ticket, and standard ticket prices all include the rental of jackets, trousers, ski boots with disposable socks, skis, ski poles and helmets.

All slopes are fully supervised, with highly qualified ‘ski patrollers’ to ensure your safety. A piste filled with real snow, set against a mountain backdrop, make the experience truly authentic.

One of the many eating places!

One of the many eating places!

To complete the Alpine-style experience, Ski Dubai has a couple of themed restaurants for you to enjoy an authentic apres-ski. The suspiciously European sounding St Moritz Café sits at the entrance to the resort, whilst the just plain suspicious sounding Avalanche Café overlooks the slope.

A shop, Snow Pro, has expert staff on hand to advise newbies on their equipment requirements. A constant, comfortable -1 to -2 degree temperature is maintained. A quad chairlift, tow lift and flying carpet will whisk you back to the peak. There is even a ‘freestyle zone’ for those who want to try some crazy stunts, safely away from the beginners lessons. With a capacity of 1500, the only thing you need to worry about is remembering where you are! It’s certainly a surreal experience to while away a few hours on snowy slopes, before heading back into the desert heat.

If you’re considering heading to Dubai on a holiday, you should add Ski Dubai to your itinerary – it is, literally, the coolest thing to do in the Middle East!