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In Dubai in June, the heavy, hot Middle Eastern sun has reached its zenith. The average temperature is above 40C, the sea is like a warm bath, the golden sand burns your feet and the ubiquitous tarmac is starting to sizzle. But there’s no reason to panic; Dubai – never known to take the status quo lying down – has found an extreme solution to the misery of midsummer.

While most people know the joys of Ski Dubai, the infamous man-made ski centre at Mall of the Emirates, not everyone is aware that you can also have a ski vacation in one of the hottest cities in the world.

Operated by the Kempinski Hotel, 15 luxury ski chalets gaze over the slopes, allowing visitors to watch the bambi-on-ice skiers slip and slide down the slalom or applaud the smooth boarders as they twist and carve their way down. The two-to-six people accommodations come with a fake roaring fire and Nordic style decor, and the hotel’s chefs will deliver five-star dishes to your in-chalet dining room; fondue anyone? If you want to indulge in some après ski, head to Apres, the ski-lodge bar within the mall, for a warming hot chocolate.

Guests also get free entry to the Snow Park, the non-ski slope part of Ski Dubai, where you can make snowballs and snow angels, try sledding and toboggan runs and indulge in all your mid-winter, cold weather fantasies while everyone else is sweating rivers outside.

Georgina Wilson-Powell is the Dubai Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes the hotel review blog sogoodtogetoutofthecity.wordpress.com.

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