Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter

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Meet the penguins at Ski Dubai during this 40-minute penguin encounter. At the state-of-the-art indoor center in Dubai, change into the provided thermal wear, enter the sub-zero penguin zone, and watch a video about the Gentoo and King penguins that live here. Then, meet two or more of the wonderful birds, and enjoy a personal interaction with one as a photographer snaps photos of your encounter. Watch the penguins playing around their pool, and diving into the water at the underwater viewing area. Souvenir photos are available to purchase afterward.


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  • Ideal choice for families
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level

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Make your own way to Ski Dubai at Dubais 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 youre 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.

Inclusions for Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter

  • Entrance to penguin zone at Ski Dubai
  • Use of thermal jacket, trousers, boots, gloves and socks

Exclusions for Ski Dubai Penguin Encounter

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Lockers
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

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 

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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  • Great experience.

  • What a great experience this was! Would definitely recommend for people of all ages!!

  • 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 loved this tour.

  • 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 and personal with the penguins. Very educational.

  • 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 a life time experience to touch a penguin!

  • it's good but their no contact available

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

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