Ski Dubai crowned world’s best indoor resort in prestigious industry awards

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Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (Twitter/@DXBMediaOffice)
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Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (Twitter/@DXBMediaOffice)
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Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (Twitter/@DXBMediaOffice)
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Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (WAM)
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Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (WAM)
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Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (WAM)
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Updated 20 November 2020

Ski Dubai crowned world’s best indoor resort in prestigious industry awards

Ski Dubai crowned world’s best indoor resort in prestigious industry awards
  • Ski Dubai wins ‘World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort’ award for fifth consecutive year
  • The winner was announced after receiving the highest number of votes from ski industry professionals and consumers

DUBAI: For the fifth year in a row, Ski Dubai has been crowned the world’s best indoor resort of its kind in a prestigious international awards scheme.
Hotels, resorts, and companies from around the globe involved in the ski sector annually compete for a wide range of accolades in the World Ski Awards, considered the skiing tourism industry’s equivalent of the Oscars for celebrating and rewarding excellence.
Ski Dubai, located in Mall of the Emirates, was nominated for the title among indoor ski destinations in Egypt, Germany, China, Spain, Scotland, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
The winner was announced after obtaining the highest number of votes from ski industry professionals and consumers.

Majid Al-Futtaim Group, which owns Mall of the Emirates and Mall of Egypt, launched the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort in 2005. Since then, Ski Dubai had “cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world,” the company said in a statement.
It has introduced new innovations over the years, including a family-friendly snow park and a penguin encounter, which is home to a colony of king and gentoo penguins.




Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (WAM)

Mohammed El-Etri, director of global snow operations and projects at Majid Al-Futtaim, said: “Being in this category among other well-established ski resorts, including our sister brand Ski Egypt, inspires us to keep raising the bar as part of our endless pursuit at Majid Al-Futtaim to create great moments for everyone, every day.”
He noted that Ski Dubai had just celebrated its 15th anniversary, adding that the team was “deeply honored and privileged to have our commitment to excellence recognized by industry peers and guests, who voted for us to receive this prestigious title.

“Winning the title of world’s best indoor ski resort motivates us to achieve even more and we look forward to what the next 15 years will bring for Ski Dubai,” El-Etri added.
Sion Rapson, managing director of World Ski Awards, said: “Despite the unprecedented challenges faced by the global tourism sector this year, Ski Dubai has demonstrated unrivalled resilience, enabling it to continue providing its visitors with a world-class ski experience in a responsible and safe manner.
“I am delighted that it has been acknowledged by both the ski industry and the public by being voted world’s best indoor ski resort.”




Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (WAM)

The award was launched in 2013 and seeks to improve quality standards in the ski sector. It is also the only global initiative dedicated to honoring and celebrating excellence in ski tourism.
This is the latest accolade awarded to Ski Dubai, which recently won best service performance brands (hospitality and entertainment) at the Business Excellence Awards hosted by Dubai Economy, under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai.


‘I’m not striving for world domination!’: Adolf Hitler namesake wins Namibia election

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, who won an election in Namibia told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology. (Eagle FM/AFP/File Photos)
Updated 03 December 2020

‘I’m not striving for world domination!’: Adolf Hitler namesake wins Namibia election

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, who won an election in Namibia told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology. (Eagle FM/AFP/File Photos)
  • The councillor, whose father named him after the National Socialist leader, won 85 per cent of the vote in the country’s Oshana region

LONDON: A politician named after Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has won a regional election in Namibia.

The councillor, whose father named him after the National Socialist leader, won 85 per cent of the vote in the country’s Oshana region, with 1,196 votes over his opponent’s 213.

Despite the unfortunate name, the full-named Adolf Hitler Uunona, 54, told German newspaper Bild that he did not share the Fuhrer’s ideology and entered politics originally to fight apartheid in southern Africa.

“That I have this name doesn’t mean that I want to subjugate Oshana now. It doesn’t mean that I’m striving for world domination. My father named me after this man. He probably didn’t understand what Adolf Hitler stood for,” the region’s new district administrator said.

“It was a completely normal name for me as a child. It wasn’t until I was growing up that I realized that this man wanted to subjugate the whole world. I have nothing to do with any of these things.”

According to media reports, his wife calls him Adolf and he usually appears in public as Adolf Uunona, leaving out the “Hitler.” But he said it was too late to change his name or update the ballot, adding: “It’s on all the official documents.”

Adolf, or Adolph, is not an uncommon name in the former German colony of Namibia, however most of those still alive with the name were alive before the Second World War.

Namibia still has communities of German-speaking people and is visited by 120,000 Germans each year.

There are German-language newspapers, radio stations, road names, place names and a small German-speaking minority.