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Ski Dubai, the city’s state-of-the-art indoor ski resort is among a number of major tourist attractions that have reopened today as the popular holiday destination reboots after lockdown, writes Lucy Aspden

The city’s Olympic-size ice rink and the Green Planet indoor rainforest have also been given permission to reopen, as well as aquariums, observation decks and museums, but all are only permitted to operate at 50 per cent capacity and visitors, who must wear masks, are subject to a temperature screening test before entering.

Ski Dubai is part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the world’s largest shopping centres, which is also open. The 22,500-square-foot resort, which was the first indoor snow centre to open in the Middle East in 2005, has five ski slopes, an indoor zipline and zorbing on snow. It is also home to a colony of King and Gentoo penguins, however interaction with animals is still not permitted. Social distancing rules are also in place and groups of visitors must not exceed more than five people.

The UK is also home to a number of indoor ski resorts, which remain closed but are hopeful for a summer opening when they’ll be able to welcome Britons, who missed out on their annual ski holiday due to coronavirus, back to their slopes. Read more here.

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