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Skip the Line: Ski Dubai Penguin Experience Ticket

Skip the Line: Ski Dubai Penguin Experience Ticket

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Enjoy a personal penguin experience with this 40-minute experience at Ski Dubai. Don a thermal suit, head inside the sub-zero penguin zone at the state-of-the-art indoor ski complex, and enjoy watching the resident penguins from close by. View a documentary about the penguins’ lives in the wild, and enjoy a group encounter with another penguin as an informative guide explains their characteristics. Then, watch the playful penguins frolic and swim around the pool through the underwater viewing windows.
  • 40-minute penguin encounter at Ski Dubai in Dubai
  • Discover gentoo and king penguins in the park's sub-zero penguin zone
  • A trained professional will introduce two or more of these adorable birds
  • See the penguins by the pool and watch their underwater antics at the underwater viewing area
  • Learn about the penguins and their natural habitats and behaviours from the expert guide
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Use of thermal jacket, trousers, boots, gloves and socks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Select your preferred time of your penguin encounter when you book. Then, travel independently to Ski Dubai at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates in advance of the start time.

An indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai boasts not only ski slopes and jumps, but also a penguin zone that’s home to a colony of adorable Gentoo and king penguins. The penguins can roam free within the sub-zero zone and are cared for and fed — with regular servings of fish — by a skilled team.

Upon arrival, don your provided thermal suit to keep you cozy in the chilly zone, and meet your expert penguin guide. Then, after instructions, head inside with the rest of your group for your encounter. Your group is limited to maximum of 12 to ensure you enjoy a more personalized experience.

To start, watch a fascinating short film on the Gentoo and king penguins. Learn about their natural habitats in regions such as Antarctica, and get the lowdown on their characteristics, markings, and behavior.

Then, as a group, watch as your guide introduces you to a gorgeous Gentoo penguin and tells you more about the species.

Finally, enjoy free time to watch the penguins as they play in and around their pool. Gaze through the pool windows and admire their aquatic grace as the penguins swim and dive underwater with almost-effortless ease.

After roughly 40 minutes, exit the zone and change back into your day clothes. Your experience concludes when you leave Ski Dubai.
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Ski Dubai
Admission Ticket Included
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Snow Penguins at Ski Dubai
Make your own way to Ski Dubai at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates to arrive well in advance of your penguin experience. The ski center has a state-of-the-art penguin enclosure and educational zone with a pool, deck and habitation area for a colony of gentoo and king penguins, who are able to roam free within it and are cared for and fed — with regular servings of fish — by a skilled team. On arrival, put on your provided thermal clothes and gloves in the locker room. Then, meet your guide and enter the penguin zone, where sub-zero temperatures replicate the birds’ natural habitat. Groups for your penguin encounter are limited to a maximum of 12 people, allowing for a personalized experience. After a briefing on your penguin interaction, watch a video on the gentoo and king birds you’re about to meet. Learn about their natural habitats in places such as Antarctica, and how to tell the species apart by their distinctive markings. With the rest of your group, come face-to-face with a gentoo penguin as your guide talks you through its species’ characteristics. Enjoy some time to watch the penguins waddling around their pool and deck, and view them underwater. Watch spellbound through the underwater glass wall as they dive, paddle, and skim through the water! After around 40 minutes, leave the cold zone and change out of your thermal wear. Your experience ends when you leave Ski Dubai.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Please note: You will not be permitted to touch the penguins
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Ski Dubai
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    • "I highly recommend the penguin encounter for adults and kids!" See review


    57 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    Great Experience
    , Dec 2019
    We loved our Penguin encounter! Only drawback was you could not take your own pictures. Pictures were available for purchase only.
    Fantastic time for families and friends!
    , Jun 2019
    I absolutely LOVE penguins so this was such a special experience. The staff were all very friendly, helpful, and professional with the care of the penguins. You learned about gentoo and king penguins they have. With the help of Seaworld they have had successful breeding and each penguin only does the encounter once a day so they are not overwhelmed. All the trainers do a marvelous job of caring for each penguin. I learned so much about them and it was great to get up close with the penguins! Opi was very caring and made this an experience I will remember for the rest of my life!!! I highly recommend the penguin encounter for adults and kids! They provide you with all the gear from head to toe too!
    Amazing Experience at Ski Dubai Penguin Experience
    , Jun 2019
    This was an amazing family experience and whilst I was a little worried about meeting the penguins the guy who was our guide was so good and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend this experience. Well run and well organised.
    What a great experience this was! Would...
    Samantha C
    , Jan 2018
    What a great experience this was! Would definitely recommend for people of all ages!!
    Really enjoyed it! Make sure to get...
    Nicholas O
    , Jan 2018
    Really enjoyed it! Make sure to get there an hour before because it does take some time to get checked in and get your snow suits. The only bummer is that you can't take any photos on your cell but there is a professional photographer who will sell you their photos for a high price. Overall though I enjoyed
    Quick tour, but totally fun. My kids...
    Melissa E
    , Nov 2017
    Quick tour, but totally fun. My kids loved this tour.
    Smooth experience. It was lovely...
    Samia I
    , Nov 2017
    Smooth experience. It was lovely seeing the penguins in person. Pictures cost me more than the entry ticket but I was mentally prepared for that having read all the reviews. If you have more time on your hands, I would suggest going for the full package with snow park access as that includes picture prints and is a better deal as you can then spend time inside Ski Dubai after the penguin experience.
    The best tour of all. You get up close...
    Gwendolyn S
    , Jul 2017
    The best tour of all. You get up close and personal with the penguins. Very educational.
    Another review mentioned to wear a...
    Linda V
    , Apr 2017
    Another review mentioned to wear a scarf and hat. I confirm that suggestion as well as wearing something more substantial than a t-shirt as the climate is meant for the penguins and gets chilly during the experience. Ski Dubai supplied everything Viator's description stated. The experience is well worth doing since it isn't every day one can get 'up close and personal' with a penguin. It is well organized with information via a video and the guide, who keeps everything moving time wise. Although it is nice watching everyone's face when they touch the penguins, it would be great to have more experience in the habitat with the penguins. I felt they were more concerned with taking pictures personal cameras or smartphone photos are not allowed of us in the experience for selling afterwards. That was a big let down even another participant said 'is that all?'. I wish there was more interaction with us or with the trainers actually seeing what the video says as far as training.
    Tour a bit short but recommend, once in...
    , Sep 2016
    Tour a bit short but recommend, once in a life time experience to touch a penguin!

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