Dubai Building World’s Largest Indoor Ski Area, Again

Enjoy the outdoors—indoors—in the middle of a desert

Known for its luxurious architecture, man-made islands shaped like palm trees, and record-breaking sky scrapers, the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is poised to break another record by building the world’s largest indoor ski slope as part of a new development called Meydan One.

an artist rendering featuring a bird's eye view of Meydan One, Dubai's newest development which will be home to the largest indoor ski area in the world (seen on far right). Courtesy of The Meydan City Corporation
A rendering of the proposed Meydan One, set to have the longest indoor ski slope. PHOTO: Meydan City Corporation via The National

Dubai-based developer Meydan City Corporation announced the launch of the new 3.67-million-square-foot development Monday that will include a 4,000-foot-long indoor ski slope, among other attractions.

Dubai’s first indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai, opened in 2005 in the Mall of the Emirates. Once the largest in the world, Ski Dubai has five runs that vary in difficulty, height, and gradient, the longest run being 1,300 feet with an (almost) 200-foot vertical.

A great place for those who prefer to avoid nature while skiing. Courtesy of Meydan Community Group.
A great place for those who prefer to avoid nature while skiing. Courtesy of The Meydan City Corporation.

The new indoor ski slope will come as part of an 82,000-square-foot indoor multipurpose sport facility, including bicycle and jogging trails. Despite temperatures in Dubai that can top 113 degrees, the indoor resort will be kept cold year round. Mountain biking, skateboarding, and BMX riding will also be available indoors, a major perk for those outdoor enthusiasts not so keen on going out… doors. Estimated to cost up to $6.8 billion, the included nearby tower will also house up to 78,000 residents. (Talk about ski-in, ski-out.)

“In a city which never stops innovating, today’s announcement is significant for the future of Dubai and the UAE,” Meydan chairman Saeed al-Tayer told The National.

Last year the city logged 13.2 million visitors, and aims for 20 million tourists by 2020, when the first phase of Medyan One should be complete. So… Winter Olympics 2026, Dubai?