Al-Barsha: Downhill Skiing In The Middle Of The Desert

1:40 pm  |  09.05.2021

Al-Barsha Dubai is a new part of the Emirate where couples with children can stay. This rather quiet and calm location contains a number of budget hotels built in the vicinity of the main attractions of the emirate.

Ski Dubai

Al-Barsha’s main pride is the Ski Dubai ski complex, which is popular with both local and UAE guests. It is true that the idea of a ski resort in the heart of the desert makes tourists delighted! Besides, they rent all the necessary facilities – skis, snowboards, sleigh and even warm things.

«Ski Dubai» is the first indoor ski complex in the Middle East located in the giant trading and entertainment center «Moll Emirate» in Dubai. The complex was opened in 2005, and since then, despite the weather outside, winter has always reigned in its walls – all year round, all the slopes of the complex are covered with artificial snow, and thanks to an efficient cooling and insulation system the temperature does not rise above -1°C during the day and -6°C during the night.

On the territory of «Ski Dubai» there are five ski tracks of different complexity, the length of the longest of which is 400 meters – this track is considered the longest covered «black», that is, intended for professionals, a track in the world. For those who prefer snowboarding, there is a separate slope 90 meters long. On the slopes of skiers and snowboarders are delivered a four-seater elevator and lift.

A set of warm sports clothing and necessary equipment is automatically included in the ticket price, only the ski cap and gloves, which are not given out for hygienic reasons, should be purchased separately. Beginners and those who have not been skiing or on the board for a long time are offered several lessons with a highly qualified instructor for a fee.

Next to the slopes on the area of 3000 square meters there is the largest covered snow park in the world, which is also part of «Ski Dubai» complex. The park is equipped with ramps for skating on a seedless sleigh, climbing towers and a playground for children. There is also an ice cave that is very popular with both children and adults.

One of the main attractions of «Ski Dubai» complex are penguins. Anyone who desires, who has previously registered on the official site of the complex, may, accompanied by a professional guide, observe the behaviors of the inhabitants of the «Ski Dubai» subantarctic and royal penguins, and also get to know and even take pictures with a couple of these charming and pretty birds.


Mall of Emirates.

If one looks closely at the areas of Dubai on the map, one can see that Al-Barsha is replete with residential neighbourhoods, schools, hospitals, parks and hypermarkets. There are a lot of hotels here. As far as entertainment is concerned, they are delighted by their peculiarity and variety:

  • Mall of Emirates is a huge shopping mall, more like a city with shops of various levels. There are even some hotels on its territory where you can relax before a new shopping trip;
  • Car range. Lovers of racing will surely like track built near Mall of Emirates. Companies often come here to host mini-car competitions. Only those who have a driver’s license may be entertained;
  • Pond Park is an oasis with a crystal-clear lake, tropical palm trees, greenery and walking alleys. A perfect place to stop and take a break from the fuss;
  • Al Barsha Mall is another trading center popular with locals. In addition to shops and cafes, there are children’s playgrounds with a wide choice of entertainment.

Before you stop in the Al-Barsha Dubai area, take another look at the pros and cons of this place.


  • Great opportunities for shopping;
  • Lots of fun.
  • Convenient location (in the city centre);
  • Developed infrastructure;
  • Great opportunities for shopping;
  • Combination of non-comparable – skiing + sea rest;
  • Proximity to the airport.


  • High noise level – area under construction;
  • There are no private beaches – the nearest one is 10 km away.

Al Barsha is a good option for those who want to stay not too far from the main attractions of Dubai, but do not plan to spend a fortune on housing. Here you will find everything you need for tourists – from the huge shopping and entertainment center Mall of the Emirates and the Carrefour supermarket to shops with a diverse range of goods; as well as some good bars and local restaurants serving Arabic, Pakistani, Indian and other national cuisines. Another plus is easy accessibility to metro stations.

You will not find many activities here that usually attract tourists, such as a wide selection of restaurants, bars and cafes. 

Nevertheless, it is in Al Barsha that the Mall of the Emirates is located – the second largest shopping center in Dubai with a huge number of various shops, an amusement park for children, a large cinema, and even a real ski complex Ski Dubai, the only one in the Middle East.

Who is not Suitable for Al Barsha

The area is not suitable for those looking to stay close to Dubai’s top attractions or looking for a cheaper place to stay like the Old City area.


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