Traveling Ted is a blog that takes readers along on my adventures hiking, canoeing, skiing, and international backpacking. Many blogs focus on one aspect of backpacking, but I tackle both the outdoor adventure side and international exploration as well.

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Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai indoor ski resort – Wikimedia Commons (Ian and Wendy Sewell)

Looking for a place where you can both shop, snorkel, trek in the desert, and snow ski in the same city? Dubai allow adventure travelers to experience a wealth of activities that run a broad gamut of seasonal sports despite its hot climate. Not many places in the world exist where one can snow ski and then walk outside to the beach and snorkel.

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai slope and indoor ski lift – Wikimedia Commons – Filipe Fortes

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. The city lies within the Arabian Desert: an unlikely spot for a ski resort.

There are a few destinations around the world where people might be surprised to find skiing. Australia hosts a cross-country ski race called the Hoppet, which is a pun derived from the term “loppet,” which is Norwegian for race. Japan also hosts a cross-country ski race and there are several ski resorts in the northern regions of Hokkaido, Tohoku, and Chubu.

The most unexpected place to find a ski resort is in the middle of the desert in the Middle Eastern country of Dubai. Flush with an economy built on the back of oil revenues, Dubai is world renowned for some of the most outrageous man made modern building feats.

Ski Dubai

Not many places where people and shorts can watch skiers – Wikimedia Commons (Frank Sieplax)

Dubai is home of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa; the world’s largest mall, the Dubai Mall; and an indoor ski resort in another giant mall in Dubai called the Mall of the Emirates. It is clear that Dubai is Las Vegas on steroids.

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of ski area. The resort opened in 2005 and features the world’s only indoor black run along with five slopes of varying steepness and a snow boarder quarter pipe area. They even have an indoor ski lift. For snow fans who do not ski there is also an adjacent snow park with sled and toboggan runs, an ice body slide, a snowboard shooting gallery, and an ice cave.

The resort has a superior insulation system that keeps the area -1 Celsius (30 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and -6 Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. It is a good thing they provide winter clothing as part of the price of admission.

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