Escape the UAE heat and hit the slopes at Ski Dubai this summer

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Above and beyond: Lower the heat but lift the boredom this summer at Ski Dubai.

With the scorching summer now upon us, you can beat the UAE heat and enjoy fun activities in real snow at the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort – Ski Dubai.

Since opening in 2005, the venue has become one of the most prominent attractions for residents and visitors thanks to its amazing mountain-wintery setting with temperatures ranging from -1 to -4 degrees.

Snowboarding and skiing, as well as enjoying a perfect view of the breathtaking 3,000 square metre location in the chairlift, are just some of the activities you can look forward to that will guarantee fun for all ages.

“Ski Dubai is and will remain a staple attraction on Dubai’s ever changing leisure and entertainment scene, and since we opened our doors over a decade ago we have been committed to providing all our guests with great moments every day,” said Sherif Hashem, senior marketing manager at Ski Dubai.

“During these summer months, we have all of our usual offerings running which includes our Ski School, Snow Park, Mountain Thriller Slide, Snow Bullet zip line experience and of course our much loved Penguin Encounters.

“We recently launched our Ice Bumper Cars which is a new attraction for our younger guests, and it’s proving very popular. It is an old classic ride, with a cool Ski Dubai twist.”

Snow Park tickets are available at Dh200 (unlimited access to the park) while prices vary for the Polar, Polar Express, Ski Dubai Experience and Ski Slope attractions.

Board games: Snowboarding is popular at Ski Dubai.

Board games: Snowboarding is popular at Ski Dubai.

You can also take advantage of different promotions including the 20 per cent discount for UAE residents.

“We know that for many residents staying in Dubai over the summer months they are desperate for things to do out of the desert heat,” said Hashem.

“This is why we have introduced resident rates which offers a 20 per cent discount on our Polar, Polar Express and Ski Dubai Experience Passes. You just need to present your Emirates ID, driving license or labour card to enjoy the discount.”

He added: “This year, for the first time we are running a promotion with Emirates Skywards where Ski Dubai guests can be in with the chance to win 250,000 air miles with every Dh350 spent.

“And for all of our visitors that are movie buffs we have partnered with VOX Cinemas to launch our IMAX SNOW offer, which gives access to Ski Dubai and an IMAX ticket all for only Dh199.”

Although many people will go abroad for their vacations, for those who are staying in the country, Hashem believes a visit to Ski Dubai will definitely be worthwhile and memorable.

“Honestly, it is truly unique to experience -4 degrees in Dubai but Ski Dubai is so much more than that. We believe that we offer something for everyone whether it’s catching up with friends over a hot chocolate, keeping fit or entertaining the kids, you’re guaranteed to have a great day out.”

WHAT: Ski Dubai

WHERE: Mall of the Emirates

WHEN: Ongoing

CONTACT: For more information, visit www.theplaymania.com/skidubai.

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Sport in the UAE - Going Out - Make a big splash at Wadi Adventure in Al Ain

Denzil Pinto 25/06/2017
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Paddle to the max: The kayaking course provides plenty of thrills and spills.

With the summer now upon us, you will not be short of options at Wadi Adventure Al Ain whether you fancy a day on the beach or want to try out water sport activities.

Since opening five years ago in 2012, the venue has become one of the top attractions in the UAE and has now become a regular weekend getaway for friends and families looking for an adventure.

And while the temperature is scorching, Wadi Adventure’s doors are open throughout the summer allowing you to enjoy a fun day out in a fantastic location.

“Building an adventure park – which is the also the only Adventure park in the whole of the Middle East makes Wadi Adventure unique in every sense,” said Tijo John, sales and marketing manager at Wadi Adventure Al Ain.

“Being located at the base of the Jebel Hafeet mountain range and having the mountain as a back drop, provides an unparalleled views among all the other parks in the UAE.”

Surfing, rafting and kayaking are just some of the things you can look forward with classes also available. On top of that, you can also do wakeboarding as well as ziplining.

“We have the largest surf pool in the Middle East which generates waves of up to the height of over 3 metres, it’s the only pool which guarantees waves every 90 seconds unlike the seas around UAE.

“Our rafting and kayaking channels are the longest artificial rivers in the world with a length of 1.1 kilometres, while our advanced river is Grade 4 level which is often used by Olympian and World champions.”

Wadi Adventure has a number of different challenges to conquer.

Wadi Adventure has a number of different challenges to conquer.

The park is open between 10:00 and 20:00 for kayaking, rafting and wakeboarding while the beach is from 12:00 to 17:45.

Individual admission tickets vary between Dh25 and Dh50, while a family pass (two children and adults) will cost Dh100. There are extra charges for the watersport activities while packages and membership options are also available.

Big numbers flock to the venue on a weekly basis and John insists it will be a memorable visit.

“Wadi Adventure is the only adventure park in the UAE where you get to enjoy surfing, rafting, kayaking, wakeboarding and aerial obstacle courses all in one location,” he said.

“It’s also a perfect place for companies to host their team building activities while we also provide training  for people to learn surfing, kayaking and swimming.”

WHAT: Activities at Wadi Adventure Al Ain
WHERE: Wadi Adventure
WHEN: On-going
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.wadiadventure.ae

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Sport in the UAE - Ramadan at the Yas Marina Circut

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In the spirit of Ramadan, Yas Marina Circuit are co-hosting a collaborative community event with a group of Abu Dhabi-based initiatives to celebrate the togetherness of the community and the uniqueness of each of its members tomorrow.

The event, which will be held at Yas Marina Circuit Racing School during TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife, titled ‘Memorable Givings’, will bring together the whole community, including children with mental disabilities and their families, for a fun-filled inclusive evening that promises to be an evening to remember.

The event will bring together people of determination (special needs) and their families with the wider Abu Dhabi community who continue to inspire us every day, which will be free for anyone to attend.

There will be activities for the whole family regardless of age or ability, including yoga, group reading by the stuttering community, solar box assembly, football drills, posture screening and massages, star gazing and a planetarium, as well as a whole lot more.

The community event will begin with a free Iftar supper from 19:00, followed by initiatives which are open to all and will include arts & crafts, educational activities, fitness and well-being initiatives, a photo booth and networking opportunities, and will run until 21:30.

Alongside the event, usual weekly TrainYAS by Daman’s ActiveLife activities will of course continue where participants can walk, run or cycle around the world famous Formula 1 track in a trafficfree, safe and friendly environment.

The local community is encouraged to attend this free event and can register at www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/products/whats-ontrack/memorable-givings/.

The event is being organised in partnership with The Mama Bear Club, Beacon of Hope, #theadmovement and Stutter UAE.

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