Or maybe you want to go from sea to ski? Either way, you can do both in a day because IT’S DUBAI!
I have never before been someplace where you can do the best of the extreme weather sports in the same city no matter the date. Imagine staying at a Swiss style chalet where the view from your bedroom window is of the slopes you have been skiing or snowboarding down. Then imagine after breakfast the next day, you decide you feel like warming up on the soft sands of the gulf coast beaches or a dip in the beautiful water. Well, it is all possible through Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.
Spend the day on the slopes at Ski Dubai. You don’t have to come to the desert prepared for the snow since they include everything that you need from gloves to a snow suit, boots and even winter sporting gear. Not a ski bunny? That is OK, neither am I, with my cold weather triggered asthma. You can still bundle up and have the most incredible encounter with penguins with Snow Penguins at Ski Dubai. I think Mona Lisa, the King penguin, was over our visit by the time it was my chance for a hug and a kiss, but being that close to such an extraordinary animal was amazing in itself. The trainers made it clear that the safety and comfort of the animals was first priority and gave us a very detailed briefing before we were allowed to interact with Mona Lisa and her friend, Lucifer, the Gentoo penguin. All funds from the Peng-Friend encounters support their penguin conservation, education and research partners.
If summer fun is more your thing, Dubai has water based activities in spades. Because our time was so booked with little tastes of all this city has to offer, we only ended up with an hour to spend at Aquaventure. Part of The Atlantis on The Palm (reclaimed land development in the shape of a palm tree), this waterpark is a playground of epic proportions! I could easily see myself and my water loving family spending two or more days at Aquaventure alone! In fact, it might take me that long to build up the courage to tackle The Leap of Faith. Since we only had that one hour to play, Lisa from Couturing and I spent the time on some more tame rides and taking photos in the gorgeous early evening Dubai light. Bringing my Olympus TG-3 waterproof camera was one of my best ideas for this trip. It really makes vacation photos extra special when you can take them where your regular camera and phone camera can’t go.