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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Ski Dubai is home to gentoo and king penguins, and this experience gives you the chance to watch these remarkable creatures.

What You Can Expect

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.

Customer Reviews

Ben H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing, the pictures that you can purchase separately were ridiculously priced though.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

we all loved this place ! great for adults and children.

Valerie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Absolutely Fantastic


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a fun experience ....touching a penguin was a fabulous experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic experience!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a very short time period with the penguins but they are so darn cute and I to applaud the trainers working with them they are wonderfully trained. I enjoyed every minute of it. Prior to going in the SKI Dubai people set you up with the boots and jackets ect. None of them seemed very excited about helping you - Everyone working there with the exception of the Penguin people seem very unhappy. Pictures are fabulous but just know I paid 120 dinar each so they are on the pricey side I would said do this if you have a chance too. :-


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved this experience interacting with the Penguins. Trainers very knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great value for experience! Got to meet and interact with two type of penguins and the photographer gave us some nice memories!

Carmel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic place

Lisa Mae S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Tour a bit short but recommend, once in a life time experience to touch a penguin!

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