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Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter

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    Have the experience of a lifetime interacting with the colony of incredible King and Gentoo penguins that call Ski Dubai home and get the opportunity to learn about these adorable creatures!


    • An up and close personal interaction with the penguins.
    • Meet at least 2 Snow Penguins.
    • Enjoy free rental for all necessary winter wear.
    • Click here for the safety measures that are strictly enforced in compliance with the UAE government policy on health and hygiene


    • 40 Minute Penguin Encounter.
    • Meet at least 2 penguins in a small group.
    • Should you upgrade to Snow Plus, you can get access to Snow Park and the rides and attractions within.
    • Free rental of Winter Attire: Thermal jacket, pants, boots, socks, as well as helmets for children under the age of 13.
    • Complimentary Local's Pocket Guide to Dubai (money-saving hacks, detailed itineraries, best of Dubai & more)


    • 25 AED Key Card Deposit

    Cancellation policy

    These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

    Ratings & Reviews

    887 Ratings
    Jelena Jermolova



    Mar, 2022

    Andrei Sidorenkov



    Jan, 2022

    Elizabeth James



    Jan, 2019

    I booked the interaction for my two kids, the staff took care of them and they loved it.
    Karen Hernandez



    Jan, 2019

    It's one of the rare chances to see penguins and this interaction was quite exciting. The kids loved it and didn't want to leave at all.
    Raymond Stewart



    Jan, 2019

    The ski park takes money for every little thing. Just read the terms and conditions before booking.

    Though Ski Dubai is most well known for being a stand alone ski park, they also have a thriving colony of King and Gentoo penguins that live in the most sophisticated habitat in the UAE, with a private pool, a top deck and a private holding area, which gives the penguins the space to play and live. The private pool and top deck are made visible to people during the Penguin Encounter through a glass wall. Ski Dubai's care and attention in safeguarding these animals is well noted during a visit to the park and the Penguin area.

    Once you arrive and get your winter gear on to brave the sub zero temperatures of the park, you will meet up with your expert penguin guide who will walk you through a set of instructions regarding the encounter. Post this briefing session, you will enjoy a short video about King and Gentoo penguins specifically and what sets them apart, like habitat, characteristics and distinctive markings. You will then be introduced to at least two penguins that you will have the opportunity to interact with and marvel at before enjoying some free time watching the penguins swim effortlessly and play underwater through the pool windows.

    Should you upgrade to Snow Plus, you can take advantage of the exceptional rides and experiences that Ski Dubai has to offer or, you can keep your visit short and sweet and leave the park post your penguin encounter.

    Important Information

    • Penguin Encounter is not available until further notice. Already booked tickets will have the services.

    • Guests need to be there at the attraction an hour prior to their experience

    Safety Measures

    Click here for the safety measures that are strictly enforced in compliance with the UAE government policy on health and hygiene

    Timings for the Park

    • Mon to Thu: 10am - 11pm
    • Fri: 10am - 12am
    • Sat & Sun: 9am - 12am

    Timings for the Penguin Encounter

    • Every 30 minutes from 12 PM to 9 PM.

    Ramadan Operating Hours 2023

    • Effective as of today until 1 May: daily, 10am - 1am

    Note: Due to COVID restrictions and government rules, the operating hours can change at any time. Please confirm the timings before your visit.

    Getting There

    Ski Dubai is located in Mall of the Emirates. If you are taking the metro, then get down at Mall of the Emirates Metro Station.

    Note: For safety reasons, children under the age of two are not allowed to enter Ski Dubai.

    Pro Tip:

    • Get extra value by choosing the Snow Plus Pass, which not only gives you access to the Snow Park and the rides in it along with your Penguin Encounter, but provides it to you at a fraction of the cost should you book the two separately. You can choose the Snow Plus Pass by choosing the 10 AM time slot after selecting the date of your visit.

    You will receive instant confirmation of your booking along with your mobile voucher. Please display the same on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID. Please arrive at the attraction an hour prior to their experience.

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