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Sandboard and snowboard in Dubai

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There is simply no other place in the world where you can sandboard massive desert dunes in the morning, and snowboard indoors in the afternoon. A 4×4 deposits you at the base of a large dune, where you’ll hike up to the top. Much of sandboarding involves climbing dunes in extreme heat, but once you’re at the top, strap in, point down, and take off, preferably before mid-morning, when the sun goes nuclear. Cool off at Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates. With 6000 tons of snow, Ski Dubai offers a 400m run down an 80m wide slope, served by a quad-lift chair, and watched over by real-life penguins.

Length of Trip : 4 hours for sandboarding, 3-4 hours for snowboarding/skiing

Cost :
Sandboarding excursion: US$58 per adult, $US41 per child.
Ski Dubai offers various packages, from a couple runs to access to all the snow park's attractions. Prices range from $US44 to US$140 per person.

Best time to go : November to March, before temperatures really start baking outside. Ski Dubai is open year-round.

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
At.mosphere, located at level 122 of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Coya in the Four Seasons Jumeirah
Rang Mahal in the Marriott Marquis Hotel

Official Site :
Ski Dubai:
Sandboarding with Explorer Tours

Where to Stay :
Dubai is packed with luxury hotels. Some of the best-rated include:
The Four Seasons Jumeirah (foodies will love the dining options)
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (with an underwater spa, why not)
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (the famous glitzy hotel that looks like a sail)
When staying in Dubai, we recommend the Fairmont Dubai.

Getting There :
Transportation is included with the sandboarding package, including some thrilling dune "bashing" as you head into the desert. Easiest way to get around Dubai is by taxi, blessed be the air conditioner! Ski Dubai is located inside the Mall of the Emirates.

Note from Robin :
Sandboarding is one of those things that looks incredible in the photos. On the ground, it can be swelteringly hot, physically gruelling, and not nearly as smooth sailing as say, snowboarding. Hot sand quickly shreds the wax off your board, so you can actually grind to a half on a pretty steep incline. Wax on, wax off, just like Mr Miyagi says. You'll also fall quite a bit, giving yourself a dusty coating in fine desert sand that gets everywhere!
Ski Dubai is a great place to escape the desert heat. It's a constant -4C in the bubble, and kids have a riot (especially if they live in a desert and never seen snow before). The snowpark has a zorb, slide, and real penguins. You can rent warm weather gear because let's face it, nobody is bringing a parka to Dubai.